A Crown or an Inlay or Onlay Dental Filling Might Be Needed to Treat a Cavity

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The premolars and molars in the back of your mouth can sometimes have deep textures on the biting surface. If these deep pits and fissures happen to trap bacterial deposits it can start to foster a large cavity to develop.

As this starts to happen it can increasingly impair your ability to chew food, and cause significant discomfort. Left unchecked the tooth decay could start to penetrate deep into the tooth leading to more serious problems. If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your back teeth, you should not delay in having it examined and treated by Dr. Minh Nguyen.

Large cavities on molars and some premolars can sometimes be repaired with dental fillings known as inlays and onlays. The only important difference between these two types of dental fillings is related to the size and location of the cavity.

Inlays are more often used to repair a cavity on the biting surface of molar or premolar. An onlay dental filling might be needed to repair larger an area of decay that protrudes from the biting surface to affect the side of the tooth.

Sometimes a cavity is too large to be repaired by a dental filling. In these cases, Dr. Minh Nguyen might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown.

This requires Dr. Minh Nguyen to remove most of the tooth enamel to create an abutment. Then a dental lab prepares a permanent crown made from gold, base metals, or porcelain.

If you are in the Stoneham, Massachusetts area and you have a cavity on one of your teeth, you should call 781-662-1999 to have it treated at North Shore Family Dentistry.