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Inlay and onlay dental fillings are more commonly used to repair a cavity or significant fracture that affects the biting surface of a molar or premolar. These special fillings are cemented onto the underlying tooth enamel to restore the tooth’s natural function.

While they are intended to be very durable, the excessive force of daily chewing and grinding could potentially start to weaken the marriage between an inlay and the underlying tooth enamel. This is even more likely to be an issue if you fail to practice a consistent daily oral hygiene routine.

As this starts to happen you might notice a change in the biting surface texture of the tooth or a growing problem with sensitivity in the affected tooth. If there isn’t sufficient healthy tooth enamel surrounding the compromised inlay dental filling, Albert Yuen might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.

The treatment process involves clearing away any remaining tooth enamel. This leaves behind the healthy core of the tooth to act as an anchoring abutment for the eventual dental crown that mimics the original tooth enamel layer.

You will need to return to Irvine Spectrum Dental’s dental offices for a second appointment to have the dental crown cemented onto the structural abutment.

If you live in the Irvine, California, area and you have a distressed or sensitive dental filling, you should not delay in calling 949-387-6418 to have it treated at Irvine Spectrum Dental’s dental offices.