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The large molars and premolars in the back of your mouth play an important role in helping you chew and grind food. They often have deep textures in the tooth enamel to make them more efficient at their appointed task.

However, these natural pits and fissures can sometimes trap food particles and plaque buildup. If these bacterial deposits are not removed by your twice-daily brushing efforts, they could eventually foster a large cavity.

If your routine dental checkup at Dr. Stephen Henry’s dentist office reveals a cavity in one of these areas he might recommend treating the tooth by installing an inlay or onlay dental filling. They are very similar with only a few minor differences.

An inlay dental filling is typically smaller and used to treat a cavity that is limited to the tooth’s the biting surface. If the area of tooth decay extends beyond the biting surface of the tooth our dentist will likely need to treat it with a larger onlay dental filling.

When it’s ready the dental filling is ready, it will be cemented to the prepared area of tooth enamel with a strong dental adhesive. With a consistent daily oral hygiene routine and regularly attending your dental checkup, you can expect the treated tooth to serve you for many years to come.

If you live in Foster City, California, and you are concerned about the health of one of your teeth, you should call 650-341-5656 to have it diagnosed and treated at Dr. Stephen Henry DDS.