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Restoring the Structural Integrity of Your Teeth

Dr. James Rink uses tooth-colored inlays and onlays made from porcelain to provide a natural-looking restoration following treatment for damage or decay to posterior teeth. Inlays and onlays can also be used as a replacement for metal fillings. Dr. Rink recommends inlays and onlays when a filling cannot adequately restore a tooth, but the extent of damage does not warrant a dental crown. If you would like to learn more about how Dr. Rink can use inlays and onlays to restore your teeth at his Charleston, SC-area practice, schedule a consultation today.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays are used following treatment for dental decay or damage to restore the tooth structure between the cusps, or pointy edges. Onlays are used to restore this area as well as one or more cusps. They can also replace old or damaged metal fillings in order to create a more natural look. Inlays and onlays strengthen and protect damaged teeth to prevent the need for more extensive treatment. Unlike traditional fillings, tooth-colored inlays and onlays do not expand or contract with changes in temperature.

This expansion and contraction can lead to weakening or fracturing of the teeth. Another benefit of inlays and onlays is that Dr. Rink is able to preserve a significant portion of the patient's natural tooth structure. Inlays and onlays are customized to fit your tooth like a puzzle piece after weakened tissue has been removed. Restored teeth can be brushed and flossed like you normally would. These restorations are durable and stain resistant, so you can expect them to provide function and aesthetics for many years.

Placing Your Restoration

Placing inlays and onlays is usually a two-step process. However, Dr. Rink often uses CEREC® technology to create and place inlays and onlays in a single visit. Dr. Rink first treats the affected tooth by removing unhealthy portions. He then takes a 3-D digital impression of the tooth. The impression guides a computerized milling machine as it carves the restoration out of a ceramic block chosen to match the color of your tooth. Once the inlay or onlay is produced, Dr. Rink places it on the tooth, and uses dental cement to secure it in place. Lastly, he will make any necessary refinements to achieve proper balance in your bite.

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Determining Your Candidacy

In some cases, decay or dental trauma compromises a posterior tooth to a degree that a dental filling cannot repair it. In this case, you may be a candidate for an inlay or onlay. Patients with severe damage or decay may require a more extensive treatment plan that could include a root canal, crown, bridge, or implant. During a consultation, Dr. Rink will determine which treatment is best for you.

Learn More about Restoring Your Teeth with Inlays and Onlays

Dr. Rink will fully explain the benefits of using inlays and onlays as part of the restoration process. If you have suffered dental trauma, or if you are experiencing symptoms of tooth decay, please contact our office today.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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