Permanent molars and premolars can sometimes have deep recesses in the tooth enamel of the biting surface. This can improve their natural efficiency at grinding and chewing food to ensure safe swallowing.
However, these deep pits and fissures in the occlusal surface can also be hard to clean by brushing your teeth. If bacterial deposits start to collect in these areas between your routine dental cleanings at Dr. Joseph Goodman’s clinic, it could start to demineralize the adjacent tooth enamel.
Early symptoms that this has started to happen can include general discomfort, heightened sensitivity, or pain when you bite down and chew. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, between your dental checkups with Dr. Joseph Goodman, you need to seek timely treatment.
Sometimes, Dr. Joseph Goodman can repair the compromised molar of premolar by installing a special inlay or onlay dental filling.
An inlay dental filling is more likely to be called for if the cavity that is limited to the biting surface of a premolar or molar. An onlay filling might be called for to treat a more significant area of tooth decay that affects more than the biting surface.
If you live in the Beverly Hills, California, area and you are concerned that a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 310-734-4557 to seek treatment at the dental offices of Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD.