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Inlays/Onlays/Crowns

Inlays/Onlays/Crowns

New York City

When you are missing more than half a tooth, or the decay has advanced significantly enough to undermine the structural integrity of your tooth, you have more treatment options than traditional crowns or large fillings. Nadler Dentistry offers a full range of custom-crafted inlays and onlays to meet your needs, as well as crowns. What’s the difference between these procedures, and how can you choose the right one?

What Are Dental Inlays?

A dental inlay is similar to a filling – both procedures entail drilling a cavity and filling in the hole – but they differ in the technique and materials used. Drs. Sheldon and Matthew Nadler recommend inlays for patients with larger cavities and more extensive tooth decay. Fillings are meant to patch or rebuild smaller areas of decay in a tooth. However, if the broken or eroded area is too large, a filling could fall off or deteriorate over time.

With an inlay, our dentists fill the space with a single, solid piece, typically made out of a material like lithium disilicate (a special type of porcelain) or even gold. To prevent food and bacteria from entering the space and causing further tooth decay, the inlay must fit precisely into the shape and size of the empty space, which requires a skilled hand.

The primary benefit to an inlay is that they do not contract to the same degree as a filling after being placed, so there is less chance of the restoration failing, or creating a gap between the inlay and the surrounding tooth structure. Inlays also create a more durable chewing surface and are often more reliable over the long term for patients with decaying teeth.

Meet Our Doctors

Drs. Matthew and Sheldon Nadler

Dr. Matthew Nadler and his father, Dr. Sheldon Nadler offer state of the art comprehensive dental care in their friendly, yet professional, midtown New York office, using the most current technology.

Our doctors participate in  ongoing continuing education, which provides them with the knowledge to guide you to a healthier lifestyle. You can feel confident that your dental needs will be addressed by knowledgeable dental specialists who are leaders in their respective fields.

Dr. Matthew NadlerDr. Sheldon Nadler

DRS. MATTHEW AND SHELDON NADLER

Meet Our Doctors

Drs. Sheldon and Matthew Nadler

Dr. Matthew Nadler and his father, Dr. Sheldon Nadler offer state of the art comprehensive dental care in their friendly, yet professional, midtown New York office, using the most current technology.

Our doctors participate in  ongoing continuing education, which provides them with the knowledge to guide you to a healthier lifestyle. You can feel confident that your dental needs will be addressed by knowledgeable dental specialists who are leaders in their respective fields.

Dr. Matthew NadlerDr. Sheldon Nadler

Inlays vs. Onlays: Understand Your Options

Inlays and onlays are often called “three-quarter crowns” due to their design, which leaves approximately one-half to one-quarter of your natural tooth still exposed. When you still have a reasonable amount of healthy tooth structure and a crown would be a bit too excessive, a three-quarter restoration is the perfect solution.

The most notable benefit of opting for an inlay or onlay as opposed to proceeding with a dental crown is that they allow you to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Three-quarter crowns are also less invasive procedures that allow you to complement your remaining healthy enamel.

The primary distinction between an onlay and an inlay is that an onlay can cover an entire cusp of a tooth, whereas an inlay only fills the area between the cusps. Our experts shape the tooth to receive an onlay, and take an impression. Then, our laboratory custom fabricates your onlay, which fits like a puzzle piece into the tooth, providing strength and a tight seal to prevent future decay.

Dental Crowns

Why would you need a crown? Dental crowns are designed to not only improve the appearance of a tooth but to help protect tooth structure from continuing to deteriorate. Teeth take a lot of force. We use them every day, chewing, clenching and grinding. When they become damaged or develop a crack, a crown can restore the structural integrity of the tooth and allow it to function for you effectively.

What to Expect When You Get
Inlays, Onlays, or Crowns

What is involved in these similar dental treatments? The process generally necessitates two appointments, spaced one to two weeks apart, but can be completed in the same day if required.

During your first treatment appointment at Nadler Dentistry, our dentists will numb the tooth and reshape it, carefully removing the decay and providing an ideal fit for the inlay, onlay, or crown. They will also make a physical or digital impression of your teeth, which will provide the “template” to create the customized inlay, onlay, or crown. You will also receive a temporary partial or full crown to serve as a placeholder that helps you avoid sensitivity while the lab is making your crown.

You can usually expect your follow-up appointment to be much quicker than the initial appointment. Drs. Matthew and Sheldon Nadler will remove the temporary inlay, onlay, or crown and fit the new, custom-made one onto your damaged tooth. Once they have ensured the crown fits properly and looks natural, they will cement it into place. After it’s set, our dentists will re-check the fit and adjust as necessary.

Get Started Today

with Nadler Dentistry

Schedule a personalized consultation to meet with the skilled team at Nadler Dentistry and learn how they can create a customized smile to last a lifetime.

The team is always available to talk with you and address any concerns. We are excited to welcome you to our Midtown Manhattan office!

Request a Consultation

schedule a dental consultation

Get Started Today

with Nadler Dentistry

Schedule a personalized consultation to meet with the skilled team at Nadler Dentistry and learn how they can create a customized smile to last a lifetime.

The team is always available to talk with you and address any concerns. We are excited to welcome you to our Midtown Manhattan office!

Request a Consultation

Why You Should Address
Decayed or Broken Teeth

When a tooth problem arises, the best course of action is to solve it before it spreads and worsens. When detected early, cavities can be treated with fillings. Don’t be tempted to ignore a cavity if it doesn’t hurt. Cavities will only grow, causing further destruction of the tooth and a need for more complicated, extensive and costly treatments. If a tooth is fractured and can be restored with a crown, doing so early may prevent the need for root canal treatment or extraction. Procrastinating treatment when dealing with your health is never a good idea and can be both financially costly as well as costly to your overall wellbeing.

Deciding Which Treatment Is Best for You

When it comes to your teeth, you want to ensure you are getting the best care. That’s why Nadler Dentistry weighs several factors when it comes to creating a treatment plan for you, including your aesthetic goals, the extent of the damage, and your overall oral health. Once our experts explain the options available to you and the benefits of each, they will answer any questions you may have about these procedures.

Don’t jeopardize the smile Mother Nature gave you. Call our Midtown Manhattan office at (212) 757-3745 to get your specific questions answered. After evaluating you, our dentists will use their extensive training and experience to determine whether you are a better candidate for an inlay, an onlay, or a full crown.