Inlays and Onlays 2020-01-16T10:46:08+00:00

Inlays and Onlays Medford, MA

Onlays and Inlays

There are times when a tooth suffers damage (from decay, for example) that is too extensive to be treated with a simple filling — but not extensive enough to need a full-coverage crown. In these cases, the best option for restoring the tooth may be an inlay or onlay.

Inlays and Onlays

Sometimes a tooth suffers damage that is too severe to be treated with a simple filling, but too minimal to be treated with a crown. In cases like these, a person’s best option for tooth restoration may be an inlay or an onlay. An inlay covers the center of a tooth’s surface, while an onlay covers the entire biting surface of the tooth. GIO Dental at Station Landing offers inlay and onlay procedures for patients looking to correct tooth damage or decay.


There are many cosmetic and functional benefits a person may experience after deciding to undergo an inlay or onlay procedure. The procedure provides restoration of natural shape and tooth function, along with reduced tooth sensitivity. In addition to this, the procedure will also help prevent further plaque buildup, and provide protection from future tooth decay. Furthermore, this can all be achieved with little recovery time.

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The first step to receiving an inlay or an onlay is to set up a consultation at GIO Dental in Station Landing. During this consultation, your dentist will determine whether an inlay or an onlay is required for the procedure. An inlay covers the top-middle portion of a tooth, while an onlay covers the entire top portion of a tooth, rather than just one smaller section. Once this is determined, the affected area will be prepared. This usually involves the removal of plaque and decay so that a proper impression of the tooth can be taken. A temporary filling is attached to your tooth for protection while waiting for the final mold to finish. When the patient returns for their follow-up visit, the permanent mold will be applied to the damaged tooth, usually using durable dental cement.


The inlay and onlay procedures require very little recovery time. The patient may be advised to temporarily take on a soft-food diet while the treated tooth heals. Aside from that, the new inlay or onlay can be taken care of the same way as natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing will help prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay, and regular dental cleanings will prolong the life of the patient’s inlay or onlay. With proper care, the restoration will last years, and in some cases even decades.

For more information about inlays and onlays, contact GIO Dental at (781)777-1812 or email us at You can also visit our Contact Us page.

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Dear valued patients,

We have missed seeing you for the past couple of months! We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. As COVID-19 trends have improved and government restrictions have lifted, we are excited to reopen our doors and to welcome our patients.

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 Gio Dental at Station Landing. We have been closely monitoring recommendations from valid sources including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS), and the American Dental Association (ADA), and have updated our protocols accordingly.

This means you will see some changes at Gio Dental at Station Landing when it's time for your next appointment. Some of these changes include:

  • We have increased the frequency of which we sanitize all surfaces using hospital-grade disinfectants proven to kill the COVID-19 virus.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided and its use required prior to entering the office.
  • You will be asked screening questions and receive a no-contact temperature check upon arrival to your appointment.
  • Our staff will also undergo daily temperature checks.
  • We ask that you come to your appointment individually (without any guests or children please).
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  • Our staff will also be wearing PPE including masks, gloves, scrubs and / or lab coats.
  • In an effort to promote social distancing, you may notice that our waiting room offers fewer seats. In addition, we have removed magazines and other items that promote unnecessary contact.
  • We have decreased the number of appointments per day as well as increased the interval between appointments to allow for increased sanitation measures and to minimize the number of people in the office at a given time.

As always, we encourage open communication and can be reached by email or phone to address any other questions or concerns that you may have.

We appreciate your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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