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

Cost of Inlays and Onlays

The cost of a dental inlay or onlay depends on a variety of factors, including the dentist’s level of training and the material used. Dental onlay cost is typically similar to an inlay. However, these restorations tend to be larger and may cost slightly more. Treatment cost generally ranges from $650 to $1,200 per tooth, with an average price of $900. Most insurance plans cover some or all of the costs associated with inlay and onlay procedures since these treatments are designed to restore damaged teeth to health.

Treatment cost generally ranges from $650 to $1,200 per tooth

Important Factors to Consider

During an initial appointment, your dentist will outline your treatment options and can provide you with an estimate. Although cost will vary depending on your unique needs, you should generally keep several factors in mind.

Graphic showing cost breakdown of inlays and onlays
The material used to craft your restoration will have a significant effect on your total treatment cost. 

Material

Both inlays and onlays can be fabricated from a range of materials, including porcelain, composite resin, and gold. Porcelain offers the most aesthetic option but it is typically the most expensive. Gold inlays and onlays are more affordable but can negatively affect the aesthetics of your smile. Composite resin, also known as an indirect filling, is also less expensive but prone to staining over time. These types of restorations will typically not last as long as porcelain or gold.

Although pricing is an important factor to take into account for an inlay or onlay, the experience of the dentist you are considering is equally, if not more, important.

Extent of Treatment

The extent of damage or decay requiring treatment can affect the overall cost of your procedure. In general, inlays are used for smaller areas and tend to cost less than onlays. However, if you need more extensive treatment, your dentist may recommend an onlay.

Dentist’s Experience

Although pricing is an important factor to take into account if you have been told you need an inlay or onlay, the experience of the dentist you are considering is equally, if not more, important. The placement of inlays and onlays is technique-sensitive and requires the expertise of a skilled dentist to produce satisfactory results. If placed improperly, an inlay or onlay can interfere with a patient's bite, resulting in the need for additional dental work.

Location of Practice and Lab

In some cases, the location of a dental practice can affect the overall price of your treatment. Since inlays and onlays are custom-made, the dental laboratory your dentist partners with can also play a role in the cost of your restoration. However, choosing a reputable dentist and a trustworthy lab can mean the difference between successfully restoring your tooth and experiencing more substantial issues in the future.

Sedation

While most patients undergo inlay and onlay placement with only local anesthesia, some prefer to be sedated during the procedure, especially if they have dental anxiety. Dental sedation will add to the overall price of your treatment and may not be covered by insurance.

Dental Insurance

Since inlays and onlays are used to treat the effects of decay or trauma, dental insurance typically covers most or all of patients’ treatment cost. A patient with a reasonably good insurance policy can usually expect to pay between $10 and $50 for a gold inlay or onlay, and between $40 and $100 for a porcelain or composite resin restoration.

Financing Options

For individuals without insurance, many dental practices offer financing options to place high-quality care within reach. Healthcare financing plans, such as Compassionate Finance® and CareCredit®, offer loan programs designed to make dental procedures more affordable to a wide range of patients.

Restore Your Smile

In many cases, inlays and onlays can save teeth from more extensive damage or even extraction. During a consultation, your dentist can explain the cost of your treatment options and work with your insurance company to maximize your coverage. 

Dr. Porter

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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