Without timely repair tooth decay in the enamel of one of your teeth will develop into a very serious problem. Left unchecked, it can result in tooth loss, infection, and can even abscess.
Inlays and onlays are two different types of fillings, that are commonly used to repair cavities on molars and premolars. They are usually made from porcelain or gold. The difference between the two types of fillings is directly related to the size and location of the cavity.
An inlay is used to repair large cavities directly on the biting surface or a tooth. An onlays is often larger and fills a cavity on biting surface that extends to the side of the tooth.
If severe tooth decay has compromised too much enamel to be repaired by a filling your dentist might recommend a crown to restore the tooth completely. A crown procedure involves the dentist removing most of the tooth enamel leaving an abutment. A temporary crown is then cemented over top while a dental lab prepares a permanent crown made from porcelain gold or base metals.
If you have questions about what type of filling you might need, feel free to call us at 941-926-9888 to schedule an appointment.