A Lost Filling Might Need a Crown

When a restoration or filling is adapted to a prepared cavity to remove bacteria and decayed tooth, it is intended to repair that area of tooth for a long time. Restorations or fillings can fail due to recurring decay (a dental cavity that develops at the margin of a filling), coming debonded from the tooth (in the case of a... read more »

Occlusal Cavities Might Need to Be Repaired by an Inlay or Onlay Filling

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... read more »

Large Cavities Can Be Repaired with Inlays or Onlays

Sometimes even the most thorough oral hygiene regimen simply isn’t enough to prevent a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. Your regular dental checkup at Brent A. Spear, DDS is designed to detect any areas of tooth decay on your teeth. However, if you notice a problem area on one of your teeth in between dental checkups, you... read more »