Inlays & Onlays
There is a big difference between a little hole and a big one, especially where your mouth is concerned. If a rock makes a little hole in your windshield, and it doesn't break completely through your windshield, you may be able to save it. You can have someone come and do a spot repair. They may be able to seal the windshield to prevent it from cracking. However, if you notice a large hole in your windshield, you know you are going to need a bigger repair.
It is the same way in your mouth. If you have a little cavity, you can get by with a small repair to your tooth. However, if you suddenly discover that you have a large cavity on the biting surface of your tooth, especially the molars, you're going to have to have something else. It's time for an inlay or an onlay. Not sure what those are? Let Spektor Dental give you information on inlays and onlays.
Why Some Teeth Need Extra Attention
You have more molars in your mouth than any other type of tooth. We know they are not the prettiest, and they don't get a lot of attention because they are in the back of your mouth. But they should. Molars are the workhorse teeth in your mouth. They do all of the chewing and grinding of your food. Imagine if you tried to chew a steak with your front teeth - it would be nearly impossible.
If you get a small cavity in one of your molars, and we catch it early, it is easily fixed. Molars are the largest teeth you have and if the cavity is small, they take no time to repair. No one will ever know. However, sometimes because the molars are in the back, they are hard to clean. You may not notice that you have a cavity until you are in pain. Serious pain. If that happens, the cavity may be large. If it is on the biting surface of your tooth, a mere filling won't do.
Why Inlays and Onlays Are Great
Both inlays and onlays are used to repair the biting surface of your molars. If your big cavity does not involve a cusp of your tooth, we can use an inlay to fix it. If your cavity involves a cusp of your molar, we'll have to use an onlay. We will make an inlay or onlay to fit your specific molar - because no two molars in mouths are exactly the same. After we clean up your cavity, and fill the hole, we will cement your inlay or onlay over the top of your cavity. That way, the biting surface of your tooth is restored. Because molars are such workhorses, no ordinary filling will do. An inlay or an onlay will ensure your tooth continues to chew and grind with the best of them for years to come.
If you are concerned that you have a cavity in your back tooth, or you are having trouble chewing on one side, give Spektor Dental a call at (425) 247-3629. We want to help your molars feel like themselves again. Call us today.