If you get self-conscious about your silver fillings, take comfort in the fact that there are other alternatives to natural-looking fillings, such as an inlay.
An inlay is a type of restoration that typically looks like natural teeth and fixes an existing tooth that is too damaged to support a filling, but not so much that it needs a crown. It covers the chewing surface between the cusps, while onlays restore one or more fractured cusps.
Both inlays and onlays are intended to repair the tooth’s chewing surface, and in some cases, repair teeth with other restoration options: the filling, which fills a hole in the tooth, and the crown, which covers most of the tooth.
A dentist may choose from materials such as gold, tooth-colored composite resin and porcelain to create an inlay, depending on your choice of aesthetic appeal, longevity and your budget. Regardless of the material your dentist recommends, inlays are often more durable than amalgam or composite fillings, less expensive than crowns and are not likely to have complications during the procedure.
Placing an Inlay
Typically, an inlay procedure is an “indirect dental restoration,” a restoration that requires a mold made in a laboratory and is usually completed in two or more visits. The dentist administers local anesthesia, prepares your tooth, makes a mold of the area and places a temporary inlay. Then, the mold is sent to a dental lab where the custom inlay is created.
While this whole process normally takes a few visits, recent advancements in dental technology such as CEREC® have now made it possible to complete these procedures in just one visit.
Handle With Care
Just like with natural teeth, caring for inlays requires good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing daily, things you should already be doing anyway. And don’t forget your regular dental checkups -- these visits allow your dentist to detect any problems at their early stages.
Talk to your dentist about inlays and other natural-looking restoration options you may have.
Dr. Daniell Mishaan Wants to Know Every Mouth in His Practice
Dr. Mishaan is known to his patients and his staff as kind, caring and genuinely concerned about people. He steps out of his role as a clinician to really know you and your needs. His technical skill and his keen eye for aesthetics set him apart from other dental healthcare professionals.
Dr. Mishaan attended New York University and then went on to the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. Before opening the Dental Aesthetics and Facial Group practice, Dr. Mishaan’s experience included working in high-end dental offices on Central Park South and Madison Avenue. He saw the need for a practice in the Fashion District, where he could offer a full range of services with a focus on the convenience of the patient. He has assembled a team of professionals to provide dentistry, plastic surgery, and orthodontics—all in the same location.
Because preventative care is so vital, Dr. Mishaan wants you to feel at ease in the office, and he and his staff make every effort to ensure your comfort. Dr. Mishaan takes care of your regular preventative care, such as monitoring the health of your teeth, doing oral cancer exams, and taking x–rays. He helps you understand why regular cleanings, flossing and other preventative measures, such as using fluoride, should fit into your regular healthcare program.
In his efforts to know the whole patient, Dr. Mishaan performs a comprehensive review of your medical history. Sometimes, seemingly unrelated illnesses or medications can directly, or indirectly, impact your dental health, so he takes the time to review your history carefully. You will be aware of Dr. Mishaan’s professional and gentle approach throughout your visit.
His services in General and Restorative Dentistry include:
- General Exams & Fillings
- Porcelain Crowns
- Inlays and Onlays
- Teeth Whitening
- Treatment for TMJ Pain and Teeth Grinding
- Emergency Care
We invite you to look through our Web site and learn more about our boutique services. Then, feel free to contact us and make an appointment to see us, today.
Dr. Daniell Mishaan, D.M.D 241 West 37th Street
DENTAL AESTHETICS AND FACIAL GROUP
NYC, NY 10018
Phone: 212 730 4440
Fax: 212 764 7122