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The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth might have deep recesses in the tooth enamel. While this helps them be more efficient at chewing and grinding the foods you eat, these areas can also passively trap minute food particles and bacterial deposits.

If you can’t completely clean these deep textures the persistent bacterial presence could cause a large cavity to develop on the biting surface of the tooth.   

Should your regularly scheduled dental checkup at Henry B. Bowman, DDS reveal tooth decay on one of these teeth, Dr. Henry Bowman might be able to repair the tooth by installing a special inlay or onlay dental filling.

If the compromised area is limited to the biting surface of the tooth he might use an inlay dental filling. If the compromised area extends beyond the occlusal area to affect another surface of the tooth, Dr. Henry Bowman might recommend treating it with an onlay dental filling.

This mode of treatment calls for removing all traces of decayed tooth enamel, before applying a temporary dental filling to help maintain the integrity of the tooth. Then our professional dental lab will start creating the dental filling from either a gold alloy or dental grade porcelain.

When it’s ready the inlay or onlay will be married to the surrounding healthy tooth enamel with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in Houston, Texas, and you are concerned about the health of one of your teeth, you should call 713-961-9894 to seek treatment at Henry B. Bowman, DDS.