Larchmont Office

(914) 834-9534
2039 Palmer Ave. Suite #101
Larchmont, NY 10538-2483

NYC Office

(212) 986-2287 
20 E. 46th St. Suite 1300
New York City, NY 10017

Inlays and Onlays - Before and After

Welcome to our Smile Gallery. Please enjoy some of our amazing smile transformations.


Often, with only the slightest symptoms, it is possible and even probable to overlook what is actually happening. The 10-20 year old silver filling gradually causes microfractures in the tooth's enamel. Fluctuation of temperature from hot to cold has different effects on different materials, ie. silver fillings and enamel. These changes promote tooth fractures. Here, we replaced the silver filling with a bonded onlay. This white restoration will support the tooth because it is bonded. It will provide a long lasting comfortable restoration.


Before and After

The transitions of the bonded onlay to the natural tooth structure are flawless. This white restoration is in lieu of a white filling or a porcelain crown. The white filling is not as strong and has more shrinkage due to its physical properties and the crown is too aggressive in removing healthy tooth structure. Thus, the bonded onlay is perfect. What a beautiful result!


This patient presented to our New York city office with pain on biting and sensitivity to hot and cold. This is a classic presentation of a fractured tooth. Often, the fractures are not clearly visible and may not show up at all on x-ray. We must diagnose this entirely by symptoms present.


Before and After

Here the fracture is evident. Once the whole pre-existing amalgam filling is removed, the remaining tooth structure is reinforced by overlaying the top. This acts like a shoe to confine the tooth and make it harder to fracture in the future. The beauty of this type of restoration, is that it is a conservative white bonded restoration. It restores the tooth back to almost its original strength.


This patient presented with sensitivity to biting and sensitivity to hot and cold. These symptoms usually are diagnostic of an internal fracture withing the tooth. Since silver amalgams expand at different rates than tooth structure, the constant fatigue on a daily basis can create cracks within the tooth, around the old silver filling. Here we replace the silver filling with a 'white filling' or restoration known as a bonded onlay. Onlays can be made of reinforced resin or porcelain. Both last for many years and protect the natural tooth. Many consider this to be cosmetic dentistry. However, it is also functional dentistry. It is conservative and long lasting.


Before and After

What a beautiful restoration. It duplicates the tooth structure. It is done while conserving natural tooth and protects the tooth by reinforcing the weak points. All silver fillings wear out. When there are signs of wear or fracture, it is best to replace before the tooth breaks in half and requires either root canal treatment or extraction. It also gives the patient the choice to conserve the natural tooth structure without making a crown.


Replacing silver fillings for no reason is, in my opinion, inexcusable. There certainly is a time and place to replace them. Symptoms of thermal sensitivity along with pain on biting could signify an internal fracture. If this tooth is supported with a bonded onlay, the tooth can be saved from serious damage, resulting in root canal treatment, crowns or worse, extractions. Here are just a couple examples.


Before and After

Tooth colored restorations which restore the original strength to the treated tooth.


Before and After

Internal fractures restored in this case, with bonded onlays which eliminated the patent's sensitivity to biting and drinking cold items.

Above photos are actual patients of Joel F. Levy DDS who have given consent for the use of their photos for this website.