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The contoured biting surfaces of your back teeth play an important role in your essential oral function. These pits and fissures in the tooth enamel of molars and premolars help the large teeth to chew, grind and process food into small enough pieces to be safely swallowed.

Sometimes these deep recesses in the tooth enamel can trap food residue and plaque. If the bacterial deposits are not cleared away by your daily oral hygiene routine, they could lead to the formation of large cavities.

If an area of tooth decay like this is caught early, a dentist like Dr. H Arthur Nelson might be able to treat the tooth by installing an inlay dental filling. This is a special type of dental filling that is often created from gold or dental grade porcelain to repair a cavity that is limited to the biting surface.

After numbing the tooth and removing the decayed tooth enamel, Dr. H Arthur Nelson will create an impression and apply a temporary dental filling. The inlay dental filling will then be created in a state of the art dental lab.

When it’s ready it will be carefully cemented in place with a special dental adhesive. This will complete the treatment process and restore the essential function of the previously compromised tooth.

If you live in the McKinney, Texas, area and you have noticed a problem with one of your molars or premolars, you should call 972-529-5111 to have it examined and treated at Nelson and Associates McKinney.