The teeth in the back of your mouth are often called upon to do a significant amount of chewing and grinding. Deep textures, pits and fissures in the tooth enamel along the occlusal biting surfaces make these teeth more effective for the task at hand. Unfortunately, these areas can sometimes trap food particles and plaque, causing tooth decay.
If the cavity is detected and treated early, Dr. Spear can often repair the tooth with inlay or onlay fillings. The notable difference between these two types of fillings is related to the size and location of the tooth decay.
Inlays are used to repair large cavities that are limited to the enamel on biting surface of a back tooth. Onlays are used to repair a larger area of decay that might extend from the biting surface to the sides of a back tooth.
These fillings are typically made from porcelain, so they will need to be prepared at an off-site dental lab. This will require a second appointment where we will cement them into place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of your back teeth and you’re interested in knowing more about inlay or onlay fillings in Fort Worth, Texas, you should call 817.920.1488 to have it treated and repaired at Brent A. Spear, DDS.