Large Cavities Might Be Treated with a Crown or Inlay and Onlay Dental Filling

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A large cavity on the biting surface of one of your teeth can significantly impair your ability to chew and process food. Left unchecked the bacterial presence could penetrate deep into the tooth to invite a more serious problem. If you notice a cavity on one of your teeth, you should not delay in having it examined and treated by Dr. Nandhini Bogavelli.

Large areas of tooth decay on molars and some premolars can sometimes be repaired with dental fillings known as inlays and onlays. The only important difference between these two types of dental fillings is related to the size and location of the cavity.

Inlays are more often used to repair a cavity on the biting surface of molar or premolar. An onlay dental filling might be needed to repair larger an area of decay that extends from the biting surface to the side of the tooth.

If you have a tooth with a large cavity or a missing filling there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to mount a new filling. In a case like this Dr. Nandhini Bogavelli might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown.

This requires Dr. Nandhini Bogavelli 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 crown made from gold, base metals, or porcelain.

If you are in the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania area and you have a cavity on one of your teeth, you should call 717-790-2184 to have it treated at Pristine Smiles.