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Sometimes even the most effective and diligent oral hygiene regimen isn’t enough to prevent Large areas of tooth decay forming on the biting surface of your molars and premolars. This can seriously compromise your ability to chew food and can cause pain. Left unrepaired the problem can exacerbate and develop into something much more serious. If you notice a cavity on one of your teeth or you have a tooth that has recently developed a sensitivity issues you should call Dr. Robert P. Sherman as soon as possible.

Large areas of tooth decay on the biting surface of a back tooth can sometimes be repaired with fillings known as inlays or onlays. In most cases, inlays and onlays are made from porcelain or gold. The only key difference between these two types of fillings is related to the size and location of the tooth decay.

Inlays are called for to repair a cavity on the biting surface of molar or premolar. Onlays are called for to repair larger an area of decay that extends from the biting surface to the side of the tooth.

Because inlays and onlays are made from gold or porcelain they often need to be custom crafted at a separate dental lab. Once the lab has completed the filling Dr. Robert P. Sherman will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment to cement your new filling in place.

Even if you aren’t yet due for your next dental checkup, if you notice a problem area on one of your teeth you need to call Dr. Robert P. Sherman at to schedule an appointment.