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Dear Patients,

COVID-19 is in the news everywhere, and we are closely monitoring the situation. We're reaching out to assure you that you are safe at Classic Smiles.

We already, as a daily practice, assure universal precautions as outlined by CDC and OSHA standards of infection control. Safety is always our number one focus. Our high standard of care ensures that your trust and safety are never compromised.

We will be available to see urgent care and emergency patients Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30pm during this Covid #19 Crisis. We will be available to see urgent care and emergency patients Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30pm during this Covid #19 Crisis. You should call us to make an appointment and also when you arrive at 407-293-3002. We will let you know when to come in. We will take your temperature upon arrival. If you have abnormal temperature you will not be seen.

If you or someone with you has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or has traveled internationally in the last 15 days, or know you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please return to your car and call us at 407-293-3002. DO NOT ENTER.

We are taking extended measures to further protect all our patients and team with the following additional protocols:
•  In compliance with the recommendations for public health, anyone with a cough or fever will not be allowed in the building and should stay home. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment for a later date. Team members temperatures are checked daily.
•  Before your appointment, you have the option to stay in your car instead of the waiting room until we're ready to seat you in your personal operatory. Simply call us when you arrive, and we will let you know when we're ready for you.
•  Upon entering Classic Smiles, we will take your temperature. Temperatures above normal will not be allowed in.
•  Additionally, we are requesting you sanitize your hands before entering the business area.

You can be assured safety measures at Classic Smiles will continue to evolve as more information develops.

Stay well, hydrate, eat nutritiously, and get plenty of sleep.

We look forward to serving you,

The team at Classic Smiles

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Inlays and Onlays

Woman smiling with perfect teeth.Inlays and Onlays are one of the alternatives for dental fillings that we have here at Classic Smiles. Our prosthodontists use inlays and onlays to fill cavities, strengthen a tooth, or restore its shape. Inlays and onlays are pieces of dental prosthetics that are manufactured in a lab and then attached to a tooth. Inlays and onlays are used on premolars and molars. They are quite effective in restoring teeth to their normal functionality.

The main difference between inlays and onlays is their shape. Inlays are used when the cusp of the tooth has not been damaged. When the cusp is damaged, the tooth requires an onlay. As such, an onlay is always larger than an inlay, and its top is shaped like a cusp.

Why Should You Opt for Inlays or Onlays

Inlays and onlays are recommended when the decay or damage on your tooth is too much for a filling. Where the cavity is too large, dental fillings tend to fall off after a short while. The tooth must still be strongly rooted in the jaw, though. If not, a crown would be a better solution. Inlays and onlays are installed in efforts to save a natural tooth and its original structure despite the tooth having undergone serious damage.

Inlays and onlays are quite durable. They are usually made from hard-wearing materials such as silver and gold. Inlays and onlays can last for up to 30 years. So long as the natural tooth remains intact, the inlays and onlays will stay in place for decades.

How are Inlays and Onlays Made?

Inlays and onlays are usually completed in two appointments. The procedures for both inlay and onlay placements are quite similar. The only difference is in the development of the prosthetic pieces.

During the first appointment, our dentist will clean out all the decay on your tooth. A cavity is usually left behind after this process. The cavity has to be properly cleaned and disinfected before anything is placed in it. Our dentist will then file and shape the cavity to prepare it for the inlay or onlay.

Once the tooth is ready, our dentist takes an impression of the tooth and the cavity and sends it to a lab. The prosthetic piece will be manufactured in a lab using that impression. You'll have to come for a second appointment, during which the prosthetic piece will be inserted into the cavity and secured in place. While you wait for the final inlay or onlay, a temporary restoration will be placed into the cavity to protect the tooth.

Once the final inlay or onlay is in place, it has to be polished and smoothened so that it appears natural. Porcelain and ceramic pieces usually blend in well with the shade of the natural teeth in your mouth. Nobody would be able to that tell that you have prosthetic pieces in your mouth. Gold and silver would be easily identifiable as a result of their distinct shade, and they are not as aesthetically appealing. Call Classic Smiles at (407) 378-0139 today to learn more about inlays and onlays.
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