Fillings have come a long way in recent years. It’s no longer necessary to settle for the ugly metal fillings of the past. Now at Tribeca Smiles in New York, NY, you can avail yourself of fillings, which are invisible to the naked eye. They are called inlays, onlays, or overlays and are made from crafted dental porcelain to be bonded to the affected tooth. With general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Frederick Solomon’s skill in applying inlays and onlays, people will never even know that you’ve had work done since your tooth will look normal. When porcelain filling is affixed to the center of your tooth, we call it an inlay. However, when the erosion to the tooth affects the biting part of it, or when it needs to cover one or more of the tooth’s points or cusps, it’s an overlay or onlay.
"I had a root canal today and have been dreading what would occur during and after the procedure. Dr Solomon and his team walked me through the steps and made feel comfortable throughout.A few jokes and magic tricks relaxed me even more. If I could give 5 plus stars I would :)"- K.R. / Google / Mar 08, 2019
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"On vacation in NYC I annoyingly chipped a veneer at lunch. As I was in the area I googled 'Cerec' and found Tribeca Smiles. Dr Solomon was kind enough to fit me in the same day, and I was soon on my way with a perfect repair.Dr Solomon and his staff are very friendly, helpful, and pleasant to deal with.But a highlight was meeting Merlin the dog who Dr S allowed me to have my photo taken with. Highlight of my day!(Don't worry if you're not keen on dogs. Merlin is hidden out of the way - but I missed my mutt and Dr S was kind enough to let me see him).If you're here on vacation and want any emergency dental work, I would happily recommend giving Tribeca Smiles a call first to see if you can be fitted in."- T.L. / Google / Dec 07, 2019
"This is the best dentist I have ever been to. He comes up with the dental treatment plan with you and is very thorough and precise and cares immensely about the end product as he cares about the process. I had a chip on one of my incisors and he fixed it flawlessly and quickly. His staff is also all wonderful across the board and the office is very warm and inviting. I have referred my husband to him as well as a friend at work who both now go to him and would highly recommend him to anyone."- G.G. / Google / Nov 30, 2019
"Dr. Solomon and his team are amazing!! So sweet and helpful, and know what they are doing. They were able to fix my chipped top teeth with bonding super quickly (I even fell asleep while they were doing it) and now am on the road to a perfect smile with Invisalign. Another plus for me is that they will make the time to see you which with my unusual work schedule is perfect. Would definitely recommend Dr. Solomon and his wonderful team! I couldn’t be happier with my experience."- Y.V. / Google / Nov 12, 2019
With the scientific advances in medical-grade porcelain, more and more aesthetically pleasing results are now a reality. Good candidates are people who have damage to their teeth, but still have a decent amount of enamel left to work with instead of replacing with a crown. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate is to meet with Dr. Solomon for a one-on-one visit. But if you’re a candidate for a regular filling, you’re probably also suitable for an inlay or onlay. If you don’t have enough tooth left, it might be better to consider a porcelain crown.
What To Expect
At Tribeca Smiles, we can fit you for customized porcelain inlays in just two visits. On the first visit, Dr. Solomon will gently remove the old fillings and areas of decay. Impressions of the tooth will then be taken to provide customized molds for the dental lab to craft your inlays. They also work from photographs and other data to help them create a seamless match for your tooth. During this period of manufacture, if you would prefer a temporary restoration affixed for comfort, that can easily be accommodated. Your second visit is the big day! This is when Dr. Solomon will place the inlay or onlay and ensure that you have a good, tight fit which lines up with your bite and is comfortable.
If you’ve had a regular filling before, you may have a pretty good understanding of what the post-procedure is like with porcelain inlays and onlays. Local anesthesia is typically utilized, so you’ll only feel a numbness in the immediate area. Hot and cold temperatures from food such as soup or ice cream can produce an uncomfortable sensation due to temporary sensitization from the procedure. This should abate within a few days. It’s also recommended to have a friend take you home after your procedure, if possible. However, some patients go right back to work without issues. You do need to give your mouth and teeth a short amount of time to adjust to this change, so eat less challenging foods and if you experience any pain, contact Tribeca Smiles right away.
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At Tribeca Smiles, we think your smile deserves the latest and greatest technology and talent to make it sparkle. A big part of this can be the master crafting and application of porcelain inlays and onlays by Dr. Solomon. We have a mission to treat you as an individual — not just to fix teeth — and that ethos is apparent as soon as you walk in the door.