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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays & Onlays: The Less Invasive Alternative to Complete Crowns

Dental issues, from the mundane to the serious, happen every day. They happen every week, every month, and every year. They happen to everyone and, almost universally, they happen at the worst possible times.

Enter restorative dentistry, or the practice of fixing dental issues and restoring your mouth to health. This is truly a smile saving practice. Nowhere does this become more apparent than when considering inlays and onlays.

Inlays and onlays are alternatives to dental crowns. They have some benefits, some drawbacks, and a whole lot of unique features. Check out some detailed info on them below and don’t hesitate to contact us now for a complimentary restorative consultation!

What are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are less invasive alternatives to complete dental crowns. Sometimes called partial crowns or indirect fillings, these can be used to treat structural tooth damage instead of traditional fillings. They are strong, long-lasting solutions to a large range of dental issues.

None of these actually tell you what an inlay or an onlay is, though. Inlays are fillings that strengthen the overall structure of your tooth. Onlays are fillings made from porcelain or composite resin applied to the outside of the tooth, often the biting surface.

The Pros of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays offer a number of benefits over complete crowns. They also have a number of drawbacks. Let’s take a look at the good stuff first.

The pros of inlays and onlays include:

  • They offer a snug fit, which helps to minimize future decay damage
  • They are strong, stable, and can even help strengthen a decayed tooth
  • They are less likely to become discolored, even over long stretches of time
  • They are easy to clean – simply brush as normal
  • They cost usually less than a complete crown

Now that we’ve established how inlays and onlays are beneficial, let’s look at some areas where they’re not quite as useful as complete crowns.

The Cons of Inlays and Onlays

By far the largest con of inlays is that any filling simply isn’t going to offer the same level of protection as a crown. There’s also something to be said for the longevity of complete crowns over partials. These factors vary case-by-case, but, generally speaking, a complete crown gives better protection overall.

A casting of your teeth must be taken to create both inlays and onlays. This means they’re created in a lab and not in your dentist’s office, adding time to the entire process. Of course, placing a crown will take a minimum of two visits as well, so which option is faster is up for debate.

Ultimately, the choice between whether to get inlays and onlays or a complete dental crown is yours. Which option you pick will largely come down to your personal preference, as well as your budget.

Contact us today for a FREE consultation and exploration of your options!

Treat Cavities with Resin Fillings in NYC

Indulging in your sweet tooth this Halloween may not be as detrimental to the health of your teeth as you may at first think. In SmilesNY’s featured The Daily Meal article titled, “Halloween Candy: The Best and Worst Choices for Your Smile,” Dr. Timothy Chase reveals that certain candies are actually worse for your teeth than others. If you want to avoid the necessity of resin fillings in NYC to treat cavities, you may want to consider pure chocolate without anything sticky hidden inside, like Hershey’s bars. Remember to rinse after eating, and wait a half hour afterward to brush your pearly whites. Keep your smile healthy and happy even while enjoying Trick or Treats!

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Resin Fillings New York— Print Media

Dr. Chase, Dr. Roth, Dr. Jackier, Dr. Loshak, and their staff look forward to discussing any questions or concerns you may have about resin fillings in New York City. You can contact us at our New York office at 212.752.6537, or you may request an appointment online for a personal consultation at SmilesNY.

Porcelain Fillings in NYC Treat Cavities

You and your little trick or treater can enjoy Halloween treats and still avoid porcelain fillings in NYC this year! In a featured Yahoo! Shine article titled, “Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth,” SmilesNY reveals that although most candy will “rot your teeth” as the saying goes, some sweets actually pose less of a risk to the health of your enamel than others. Pure chocolate, such as Hershey’s bars, and sugar-free gum are the preferred choice in order to avoid cavities. These sugars wash away easily during brushing and flossing, unlike taffies, caramels, or nuts, which embed in the crevices of teeth and stick to enamel despite thorough cleaning.  Learn more about which candies to avoid and which to enjoy when you say, “trick or treat!” by reading our featured Yahoo! Shine article!

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Porcelain Fillings NYC— SmilesNY  Print Media

Dr. Chase, Dr. Roth, Dr. Jackier, Dr. Loshak, and their staff look forward to discussing any questions or concerns you may have about porcelain fillings in New York City. You can contact us at our New York office at 212.752.6537, or you may request an appointment online for a personal consultation at SmilesNY.

Porcelain Fillings in New York City are the Best Way to Treat Cavities

A date with your dentist to fill a painful cavity is not the most anticipated mark on your calendar this summer. Beach trips, sailing, vacations, and barbeques are probably more your style, but you can only fully enjoy those summer experiences with strong, healthy, pain-free teeth. Dentists use fillings to treat cavities, prevent the further decay of your enamel, and ease the pain associated with deep cavities. Some patients may be hesitant to receive fillings because of the unnatural, silver fillings that once marred teeth when cavity treatment became necessary. Now at SmilesNY, you can have your cavity treated with porcelain fillings in New York City, keeping your smile bright and natural-looking as well as healthy.

Silver-colored mercury fillings that fill the grooves in teeth are noticeable and darken a person’s smile. In addition to these cosmetic disadvantages, mercury is a known biologic and environmental toxin. Although mercury fillings are approved by the American Dental Association as a safe and acceptable dental treatment, the dentists at SmilesNY protect their health and the health of their patients by only offering porcelain fillings in NY, porcelain-covered gold restorations, composite resin fillings, cast gold restorations, and bonded porcelain restorations.

The beautiful, tooth-colored, porcelain fillings we use to treat your cavities can even be color-matched to blend perfectly with the natural color of the surrounding tooth! In addition to their cosmetic benefits, porcelain fillings are comprised of a long-lasting, highly durable ceramic material, even more durable than your natural enamel. Using porcelain fillings not only looks great, but also strengthens your tooth. Cavities may put a temporary crimp in your summer schedule, but the porcelain fillings offered at SmilesNY offer a silver lining to cavity treatment that has nothing to do with mercury!  

Fillings are necessary to prevent further tooth decay and enamel damage, but not everyone has to know about your cavity. Smile your brightest and whitest this summer by receiving porcelain fillings in NYC! Dr. Chase, Dr. Roth, Dr. Jackier, Dr. Loshak, and their staff look forward to discussing any questions or concerns you may have about porcelain fillings in New York or mercury free dentistry. You can contact us at our New York office at 212.752.6537, or you may make an appointment online for a personal consultation at SmilesNY.