Using An Inlay or Onlay Filling to Treat a Large Cavity on a Molar

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Some people have deep pits and fissures in the enamel on the biting surface of their molars and premolars. These deeply textured areas make the teeth more efficient at chewing and grinding. Yet it can also be challenging to clean away bacterial deposits from these areas.

If a cavity forms in these areas, it will affect the surrounding tooth enamel. This could cause general discomfort, heightened sensitivity, and pain when biting down. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you need to seek treatment at Dr. Jeremy Dull’s dental office.

In many of these cases he can repair the molar with a special inlay or onlay dental filling. Inlays are typically used to repair large cavities that are limited to the biting surface of a molar. An onlay filling might be called for to repair a larger area of tooth decay that affects more than the biting surface.

These dental fillings are often made from a gold or dental porcelain material. This means they will need to be prepared at a dental lab. Once Dr. Dull removes all traces of tooth decay, you will need to return for a second appointment to have the inlay or onlay cemented in place.

If you live in the Monroe, Michigan, area and you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 734-241-6550 to seek treatment at Monroe Family Dentistry.