Repairing a Large Cavity with an Inlay or Onlay

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Premolars and molars have grooves and fissures that help those teeth to chew food. Unfortunately, bacteria and plaque can collect in those areas. If they aren’t thoroughly cleaned, cavities can develop. If left unchecked, a cavity may become too large for the dentist to repair it with a filling.

When a tooth is in this condition your dentist might recommend using a special inlay or onlay dental filling. An inlay might only be needed if the area of tooth decay is limited to the surface of the tooth. However, if the decay is severe enough, the dentist might recommend repairing the tooth with an onlay filling.

These fillings need to be prepared in a dental lab. Once the decay has been removed from the tooth, Dr. Khashayar Khomejany will apply a temporary dental filling. You will need to return for a follow-up appointment when the permanent filling is ready. Once the dentist cements it in place, the filling will maintain the strength and integrity of the tooth for many years to come.

If you live in Vallejo, California, and you have noticed a cavity on one of your teeth, you should call 707-642-1360 to for an appointment at Plaza Dental Care.