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If you have a bad habit of using your teeth as improvised tools, or crunching on ice, you could be putting the biting surfaces of your back teeth at risk of a dental fracture. At the same time, individuals who grind their teeth on a nightly basis also have an increased chance of suffering a fractured molar or premolar.

If you have a chipped or fractured back tooth, you need to have it examined and treated by a dentist like Dr. Indra Quagliata.

Sometimes she can repair modest defects in a molar’s biting surface by installing inlay or onlay dental filling. The only important difference between these two types of dental fillings is related to the size and location of the damaged tooth enamel.

If the compromised area is limited to the tooth’s biting surface of the tooth, she might recommend an inlay dental filling. An inlay dental filling is intended to repair tooth enamel damage that extends beyond the biting surface to compromise more dental structure.

If you are in the Rochester, New York, area and you have a molar or premolar with a compromised biting surface, you should call 585-475-0140 to have it examined and treated at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry’s dental clinic.