A Molar or Premolar with a Cavity Might Need an Inlay or Onlay Dental Filling

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The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth play an important role in processing food to prevent choking when swallowing. This is thanks in part to deep textures in the tooth enamel of the biting surface.

If bacterial deposits start to accumulate in the natural pits and textures of the biting surface, it can promote the development of large cavities. As this starts to happen a large amount of tooth enamel can be compromised by tooth decay.

Diagnosing and repairing a tooth in this condition is very important for maintaining the overall function of your mouth. In many of these cases, Dr. Hoffmann can treat the tooth by applying an inlay or onlay dental filling.

They are primarily from a gold alloy or dental grade porcelain. Once the dental filling has been prepared in a dental lab, Dr. Hoffman will cement it in place.

Afterward, he might recommend applying dental sealants to help prevent further cavities on the biting surfaces of your remaining healthy molars and premolars. This is a special type of dental resin that can be applied to the teeth to create an invisible barrier. Even if bacterial deposits do build up in the area again, the dental sealants will deny them direct access to the underlying healthy tooth enamel.

If you are concerned about the health and integrity of your molars and premolars, please call 704-364-3770 to schedule an appointment at Prosthodontics of the Carolina’s dental offices in Charlotte, North Carolina.