If Dr. Alex Parshin were to march in front of his Staten Island dentistry office holding up a sign, there most likely would be three words on it: “Save the Tooth!” As part of his conservative approach to treating his patients, Dr. Parshin believes strongly in doing what it takes to save a patient’s natural teeth instead of advising removal, unless it becomes absolutely necessary. He knows that as his younger patients age, and as his older patients remain active in their lives, the more of their natural teeth they have the better their overall dental health will be. That is why one of the restorative procedures he uses is same day inlays and onlays in Staten Island.
What are inlays and onlays?
As a more conservative and lower cost option to crowns, Dr. Parshin will recommend inlays and onlays as an alternative to fillings and crowns. An inlay bonds to the center of a tooth, similar to a filling. An onlay is when there is more extensive damage to a tooth and there is a need to fully cover a tooth’s biting surface. Same day inlays and onlays in Staten Island help preserve as much of the healthy portion of a tooth as possible, even more so than a crown would.
How can an inlay or onlay be completed in just one day?
Using the modern technology and equipment in place at his Staten Island office, Dr. Parshin can take precise measurements of the affected area, show the patient, on a chairside monitor, a detailed image of what the inlay or onlay will look like, have it designed and molded in his in-office lab while he prepares the tooth for placement, and then apply the inlay or onlay to the patient’s tooth all in one appointment.
What materials are inlays and onlays made of?
There are several choices available, depending on the location of where the inlay or onlay will be attached. Dr. Parshin usually recommends porcelain material because it closely mimics natural tooth structure and color. For patients who have an out-of-alignment bite or for someone who has a history of grinding their teeth, a resin material may be the best choice. No matter which material is chosen they are all long-lasting and their composition can help strengthen a damaged tooth.
Do inlays and onlays interfere with brushing and flossing?
Not at all. Because of the way they are bonded in place, an inlay or onlay is custom-fit to all contours and edges of a tooth. Brushing and flossing are made easier than if you had a crown attached.
If you have a cavity or have experienced trauma that caused damage to one or more of your teeth, it is in your best interest to “Save the Tooth!” Schedule an appointment with Dr. Alex Parshin to learn more about same day inlays and onlays. Just submit our online form or call Parshin Dental at (718) 494-2010.