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Inlays Restoration
Salem, OR


Dental inlays and onlays by dentist in Salem, OR.If you are in need of restorative treatment, we offer some solutions that improve the esthetics and function of a damaged tooth. At Oak Park Dental we specialize in a inlay restorations. Inlay restorations are only offered by a select number of dentists, which is why many patients are unaware of their benefits. Inlays restorations are an excellent alternative to fillings and dental crowns!

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlay restorations, also known as inlays and onlays, are ideal for teeth that are too decayed for a filling, but still healthy enough to avoid a dental crown. For this reason, they are considered a conservative alternative to dental crowns. A restoration is considered an inlay when it is situated within the center of the occlusal (bite) surface. A restoration is considered an onlay when it extends over one or more of the cusps. Both inlays and onlays can restore your smile while preventing further decay.

The Inlay and Onlay Procedure

The procedure for an inlay and onlay are virtually identical. The only difference is the type of restoration. During the procedure, Dan O'Leary DDS will numb the area using local anesthetic. Next, we will remove any decayed, damaged tooth enamel, or old filling materials. Once the tooth is clean and properly prepared, we will make an impression. This impression will be used to fabricate your final inlay restoration.

Inlay restorations are usually made from porcelain or zirconia, ceramic materials that match the esthetics of natural enamel. The restoration will be color-matched to the existing shade of your enamel.

The fabrication process typically takes several weeks to complete. In the meantime, we may give you a temporary filling to protect the vulnerable tooth. Once your final inlay is ready, we can permanently bond it to the tooth.

Once you receive your inlay restoration, we will give you a detailed set of care instructions. In general, inlays can be cleaned and maintained with a good oral hygiene regimen. Be sure to schedule regular checkups and professional cleanings so we can monitor your oral health, and keep plaque and tartar at bay.

Benefit of Inlay Restorations

Inlay restorations have some benefits, some of which include:
•  Preservation. Inlay restorations preserve more of your healthy tooth structure. Dental crowns require a complete reshaping of the enamel.
•  Strength. Inlay restorations are made from strong, durable materials that last longer than composite fillings.
•  Esthetics. Inlay restorations are resistant to stains and can be color-matched to your natural enamel. Your restoration will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth.
•  Fit. Inlay restorations are prefabricated to fit the exact specification of your tooth. Other filling materials can expand or contract when exposed to extreme temperature changes. Their superior fit also helps to seal out bacteria.
•  Convenience. Inlay restorations are easy to clean and maintain. You may even forget you have a restoration!


Schedule a Consultation Appointment

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort with a particular tooth, you may benefit from an inlay restoration. Call (971) 600-0211 to schedule a consultation appointment today!
Serving Salem Keizer Community since 1987

We provide dental services for the entire family from children to older adults. Our entire team of caring Doctors, hygienists and support staff pride ourselves on a high level of patient care.

Using the latest in modern dental technology our services range from sealants to complex implant surgery. Our goal is a comfortable experience for our patients with beautiful results.


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(971) 600-0211


Located in the heart of the beautiful Willamette Valley.

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3380 Astoria Way NE
Salem, OR 97305

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