A Compromised Inlay or Onlay Dental Filling Might Require a Dental Crown

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When a cavity or dental fracture alters the biting surface of a molar or premolar it can cause significant distress, while also limiting your ability to chew, and grind food. In many of these cases, Dr. David S. Peterson can repair the compromised area of tooth enamel with a dental filling.

Inlay dental fillings are often used to repair a distressed area of tooth enamel that is limited to the biting surface. An onlay dental filling might be needed to treat a molar or premolar where the damage extends beyond the biting surface.

As the years go by it’s possible for the dental adhesive that bonds the dental filling in place to weaken. This is more likely to be an issue if you unconsciously grind your teeth when sleeping or you struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine.

When an inlay or only dental filling is distressed or falls out Dr. David S. Peterson might recommend treating it with a dental crown restoration. This method of treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a durable, alternative material.

This calls for David S. Peterson to remove any remaining tooth enamel leaving behind the healthy core of the tooth. This abutment will serve as an eventual anchor for the dental crown.


If you live in the Sandy, Utah, area and you have lost a large filling, you should not delay in calling 801-278-4787 to have it treated by the dentists at The Dental Studio.