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Your molars play an important role in chewing and grinding the tough and hard foods you eat before swallowing. This is often aided by deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel of the biting surface.

Sometimes these deeply textured areas can also trap minute bacterial deposits. If they are not thoroughly cleaned away by your twice-daily tooth brushing, the constant bacterial presence on the tooth enamel might cause a large cavity to develop.

Early symptoms that this has started to happen can include general discomfort, heightened sensitivity, and pain when biting down on the tooth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to seek treatment from a dentist like Dr. Kenneth Schweizer, to prevent further complications.

Sometimes, Dr. Kenneth Schweizer can repair the affected tooth in question with a special inlay or onlay dental filling.

An inlay dental filling is typically used to repair a large cavity that is limited to the biting surface of a molar. An onlay filling might be called for to repair a larger area of tooth decay that affects more than the biting surface.

These dental fillings are often made from a gold or dental porcelain material. This means they will need to be prepared at a dental lab. Once Dr. Kenneth Schweizer removes all traces of tooth decay, you will need to return for a second appointment to have the inlay or onlay cemented in place.

If you live in the Sarasota, Florida, area and you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 941-926-4888 to seek treatment at Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA.