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Cavities in your teeth can result from residual food particles, bacteria, and sugar in your mouth. If you don’t clean your smile daily and receive dental checkups twice a year, your tooth enamel can develop tooth decay that may require our dentist to fill the cavity in order to repair the tooth before it suffers larger dental problems. Depending on the type of cavity, our dentist may recommend treating the tooth with a dental inlay or onlay.

If the biting surfaces of your premolars and molars have deep pits and contours that aren’t easy to clean, the formation of tooth decay in these areas may result in large cavities that can’t be treated with traditional dental fillings. In this case, we may place a special type of filling called a dental inlay or onlay.

Dental inlays cover the biting surface of a tooth to the cusp, while dental onlays can extend beyond the cusp to replace lost enamel on the sides of the tooth. Commonly created with gold or porcelain material, dental inlays and onlays are custom created at a lab.

To fit your smile with a dental inlay or onlay, we will create an impression of the area for the dental lab to use as a model before we provide a temporary resin material to fill the tooth. At your second appointment to our office, we can remove the temporary filling and cement your inlay or onlay into place.

If you suspect you have a cavity and are interested in learning more about dental inlays and onlays in Dennison, Ohio, please contact Complete Dental Care at 740-229-4180 today and schedule a dental exam with Dr. Alyssa Dillon.