It’s quite common for the occlusal, or biting surface, of molars and premolars to have deep pits and fissures. Functionally, this makes them more efficient for chewing and grinding hard and tough foods. At the same time, these areas can also sometimes trap residual food particles and plaque. If these areas are not thoroughly cleaned by brushing your teeth, large cavities can easily form.
If they are detected and treated early, your dentist, Dr. David J. Berg, can often repair these cavities with onlay or inlay fillings. The significant difference between these two types of fillings is related to the size and location of the tooth decay.
Inlays are used to repair large cavities that are limited to the enamel on biting surface of a back tooth. Onlays are used to repair a larger area of decay that might extend from the biting surface to the sides of a back tooth.
These fillings are typically made from porcelain or gold, so they will need to be prepared at a dental lab. When they are ready, Dr. David J. Berg will call you back in for a second appointment to cement them in place.
If you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of our molars or premolars, you should call Studio 1 Dental at 916.567.0900 to seek timely treatment and repair with a dental filling in Sacramento, California.