When patients chip a tooth or have extensive decay, we can help them at Dr. Amit Pandya’s New Hyde Park dental office. Replacing an entire crown is not always necessary—we also offer partial crowns, known as inlays and onlays.
The chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars have raised cusps with indentations between them. These cusps can sometimes chip and food debris can get stuck in the indentations, eventually leading to decay. When that happens, we’ll drill away the decayed section and then make an impression of the patient’s mouth. The patient is provided with a temporary artificial crown while the impression is used at a dental lab to manufacture a prosthetic. An onlay is a partial crown that replaces or covers a cusp; an inlay is one that settles between them.
Once the partial crown arrives at our office, we’ll be able to cement it into the patient’s tooth. The patient should then be free to enjoy their restored bite function. A partial crown still has to be brushed regularly. Patients can also prevent decay by getting fluoride sealants to smooth out their teeth’s indentations.
The office of Amit Pandya, DDS, is at 1575 Hillside Ave, Suite 207, New Hyde Park, New York, 11040. To schedule an appointment, call 516-233-2135, or visit his website at Going Grin and fill out a contact sheet.