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It’s quite common for the occlusal, also known as biting surface, on premolars and molars to have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel. While these deeply textured areas make the teeth more efficient at chewing and grinding food, they can also be hard to clean. They could potentially trap residual food particles and plaque. In time, this could come to harbor large areas of tooth decay that could prove very problematic to your oral health in the future.

If the decay is detected and treated early, your dentist, Dr. , can often repair these cavities with inlay or onlay 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 cavities that are limited to the enamel on biting surface of a back tooth. Onlays are used to repair decay that might extend from the biting surface to the sides of a back tooth.

Since these types of fillings are made from porcelain or gold, they will need to be prepared at an off-site dental lab. When they are ready, Dr. will call you back in for a second appointment to cement them into place.

If you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of our molars or premolars, you should call York Dental at 952-841-0122 to have it examined and repaired with an inlay or onlay in Edina, Minnesota.