Large areas of tooth decay on one of your molars or premolars can seriously compromise your mouth. If Dr. Gary Cappelletti doesn’t repair the cavity in short order it could develop into a more serious problem. If you notice a cavity on one of your teeth or you have a tooth that has recently developed a sensitivity issues you should call Dr. Gary Cappelletti as soon as possible.
Dr. Gary Cappelletti can often repair cavities on molars or premolars with inlay or onlay. Most inlays and onlays are made from porcelain. 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 on the biting surface of molars and premolars. Onlays are used to repair a larger area of decay that extends from the biting surface to the side of a tooth.
If you have a tooth with a large area of decayed enamel or it has lost a large filling, there might not be enough healthy enamel left to mount a new filling. This might prompt Dr. Gary Cappelletti to recommend replacing most of the enamel layer with a crown. This requires the dentist to remove most of the tooth enamel to create an abutment. A temporary crown is then cemented over top while a dental lab prepares a permanent one.
If you have questions about what type of filling you might need, please call Dr. Gary Cappelletti at 925-837-8564 to schedule an appointment.