Inlays and Onlays

What Are Inlays And Onlays

What are Inlays and Onlays?

In some cases, you will need a restoration that is larger than a dental filling, but smaller than a full dental crown. Inlays and onlays are useful because they can be used to cover areas of deep decay, larger fillings, or even teeth that have cracked or broken. An inlay sits more on the inside of the cusps of a tooth, while the onlay sits on the very top of a tooth. Your new restoration can last for several decades before it’ll need to be replaced.

Why are Inlays and Onlays needed?

You might need an inlay or onlay if you have a tooth with a deep cavity, large filling, or that has broken on the very top portion of the crown. The restoration is long-lasting and durable, so some patients prefer an inlay or onlay to most other options. You will find that inlays and onlays improve functionality, as well as the overall appearance of your smile.

Who is a good candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

We can examine your teeth to determine if you might need an inlay or onlay. The majority of patients who want this type of restoration can safely have them placed. We can also determine if it would be beneficial to replace older fillings  with a larger inlay or onlay. The procedure is done quickly in our office, and the inlay or onlay is custom made to fit your own specific needs.

What happens during the procedure for Inlays and Onlays?

The procedure will begin by removing any decay or old filling material from the tooth. We will then smooth any sharp or jagged edges before taking impressions. Impressions allow us to easily make your new inlay or onlay. You will come back into the office after about a week to have the actual restoration placed. We will adjust the bite and fit to the inlay or onlay, and you can be on your way, enjoying your brand new smile.

If you think you might need to have either an inlay or onlay made for you, call us today and we will get you in for an appointment.

Good Candidate For Inlays And Onlays


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Amin Salvi Dental
Is Now Open!

The last few months have been challenging for all of us. We have missed seeing you, chatting with you, sharing stories with you and laughing with you. We are SO excited to finally be able to invite you back to our office!

As you already know, Amin Salvi Dental does not cut corners on safety and technology. We have always prided ourselves in exceeding the 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) for infection control measures. During this closure, we decided to go above and beyond that by adding further safety measures, which have been outlined below. The comfort and safety of our patients, of our team members, and of our own families remain our top priority.

  • All essential paperwork (including a COVID-19 screening form) along with financial agreements are to be done prior to your appointment. We will be texting and emailing the links for the forms to be filled out at home or on your mobile device. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or feel ill, please reschedule your appointment and call your physician.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, please wait in the car and text or call the office. We will inform you when to enter the office so we can maintain social distancing protocols
  • When entering the office, it is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering. Although county guidelines are not as strict, we maintain this requirement for the safety of everyone. Due to a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) we cannot provide masks. Should you require one, we will charge you $1 for the mask.
  • Patients must arrive to their appointment alone without family/friends. A single guardian will be allowed for minors, elderly and those with special needs or requirements.
  • We will be taking your temperature when arriving to our office and recording this in your records.

Here are a few additional things we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy:

  • We have installed air purification systems in the main operatories
  • We have installed sneeze guards at the check-in and check-out areas. We request that when you are required to talk to the front desk administration, you stand behind those.
  • Before appointments, we will use a medical peroxide pre-rinse which has been proven to help kill virus particles

We will have new scheduling guidelines

You will be hearing from us shortly as we are rescheduling routine hygiene and treatment for everyone. As you can imagine, we have a large backlog of cancelled appointments so we appreciate your patience through this process.

If you have any immediate concerns, we request not to call the office but text us at the office number or email us at

Due to the new protocols for physical distancing in the office, we may have limited availability of appointments. Due to this we require a minimum 48 hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment to avoid a cancellation fee. This allows other patients, who have been waiting, to be seen. Please be courteous to others.

For many procedures we will also be requiring a reservation fee in advance. This fee will be applied to your deductible or co-pay for the treatment and is not an additional fee of any kind.

We look forward to seeing all of you and catching up on the activities you have been doing to keep busy during this downtime!

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