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The biting surfaces of your teeth are very important to your basic oral function. When a cavity develops on one of these areas, it can cause significant discomfort when chewing.  

It’s also worth noting that some people have deep recesses in the tooth enamel on the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars. These pits and fissures on the occlusal surface can sometimes collect bacterial deposits. If these areas aren’t thoroughly cleaned when you brush your teeth, a large area of tooth decay can start to develop.  

In some of these cases, the cavity might be too large for Dr. Fred Hermanson to repair the tooth with a simple amalgam or composite resin dental filling. To effectively treat a tooth in this condition, he might recommend using a special inlay or onlay dental filling.

If the area of tooth decay is limited to the biting surface of the tooth, our dentist might be able to repair the tooth with an inlay dental filling. If the compromised area extends beyond the biting surface to affect another face of the tooth, Dr. Hermanson might recommend treating it with an onlay dental filling.

Once all traces of tooth decay have been removed Dr. Hermanson will apply a temporary dental filling to help maintain the integrity of the tooth while a dental lab works to prepare the appropriate filling from either a gold alloy or dental grade porcelain.

You will need to return for a follow-up appointment when the dental filling is ready. Then Dr. Hermanson will remove the temporary dental filling before cementing the inlay or onlay in place with a strong dental grade adhesive.  

If you live in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and if you have noticed a cavity on one of your teeth, please call 952-432-9155 to seek treatment at Smiles by Design Dental Care.