inlay & onlay filling

A Cavity on the Biting Surface of a Molar Might Need to Be Repaired by an Inlay or Onlay Filling

The molars in the back of your mouth are typically called upon to do a significant amount of chewing and grinding. Oftentimes, these teeth have deep textures, pits, and fissures in the tooth enamel of the biting surfaces, making these teeth more effective for the task at hand. Sometimes these areas can trap food material and plaque, causing tooth decay.

With early detection at Dental Center, these rather large cavities might be repairable with special inlay or onlay fillings. The notable difference between these two is related to the size and location of the tooth decay.

Inlays are typically used to repair large cavities that are on the biting surface of a molar. Onlays are used to repair larger cavities that might extend from the biting surface to the back of the tooth.

These fillings are almost always made from a gold alloy or a special dental-grade porcelain material. This means they will need to be prepared at an off-site dental lab. This will require a second appointment that involves Dr. Douglas B Ball cementing them into place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Orem, Utah, area and you are suffering from a cavity on one of your molars, you should not delay in calling 801.224.6165 to seek treatment.