Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Restoring a Damaged Tooth with Inlays and Onlays By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on September 11, 2014

Young man with a healthy and attractive smileAs a restorative dentist who offers dental treatments that improve the oral health of his patients, Dr. Charles A. Porter is accustomed to seeing tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems and is likely to develop even in those patients with superior oral hygiene habits. When tooth decay is mild to moderate, a dental filling is often an appropriate solution. For more advanced stages of decay, a tooth may require the application of a dental crown. But what if the problem is somewhere in between? If a dental filling cannot adequately treat tooth decay, is it necessary to undergo dental crown treatment? In many cases, the answer is “no.” For many of our Charlotte patients, inlays and onlays can repair moderate to advanced stages of tooth decay, while preserving more natural tooth enamel than is possible with a dental filling. Although not widely known, inlays and onlays are a very useful restorative dental treatment.

When Are Inlays and Onlays Used?

Inlays and onlays are restorative dental treatments that are used when tooth decay or damage is too large to be effectively repaired with a traditional dental filling. Unless the decay is very severe, an inlay or onlay should be able to restore strength and function to the tooth, while saving patients the need for dental crown treatment. Inlays and onlays are both indirect fillings that are fabricated in a lab prior to being applied to the damaged tooth. Although similar in their application, inlays and onlays differ in size. Inlays are the smaller of the two restorations and are applied to teeth that have extensive damage that extends to the top surface of the tooth, including the area of the tooth that lies within the cusps, or bumps of the teeth. Onlays are slightly larger than inlays and are applied when a tooth has damage or decay that includes one or more of the tooth’s cusps.

The Application Process

As mentioned above, inlays and onlays are indirect fillings, meaning that the treatment process is more similar to that of a dental crown as opposed to a dental filling. The tooth will be cleaned of any damage or decay and a mold and digital images will be taken in order to custom-craft an inlay or onlay that will fit on the tooth closely and comfortably. Using a dental lab or our in-office CEREC machine, the inlay or onlay will be fabricated to Dr. Porter’s specifications. It is then placed over the tooth to check for fit and bonded into place with a composite material.

Benefits

The benefits of inlays and onlays are numerous and include the following:

  • Restored strength and function
  • Cosmetic improvement of the damaged tooth
  • Preservation of healthy tooth enamel
  • Comfortable and secure fit

Contact Us

It is not unusual for patients to experience various degrees of tooth decay. Fortunately, there are many restorative dental treatments that allow the strength, function, and beauty of the teeth to be restored. If you are in need of dental work and would like to learn more about your treatment options, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles Porter at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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