Dental Inlays & Onlays

When a tooth is weakened or damaged, there are multiple approaches to getting it fixed. Two similar options we might recommend to you at Oak Tree Dental are inlays and onlays, which increase the strength of a tooth while providing long-term protection. These are often used when damage or decay is limited to a specific part of the tooth, and act as a conservative and stable restoration.

Your family dentist will go over the options that best suit each patient, but typically an inlay will be used for damage or weakness on the inside of the cusp tips (the pointed part of a tooth’s biting surface) of an affected tooth. While an onlay is similar in function to an inlay, its location is different. An onlay will extend to the outside of the tooth and is placed over at least a single cusp of the tooth. Both of these restorative options are securely bonded to your tooth for long-lasting and durable results. 

How do inlays and onlays work? 

Inlays and onlays are often used as an alternative to dental crowns and can be made out of porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes even gold. While gold used to be the industry standard, porcelain has become the more popular choice in recent years because the material can be customized to closely match the natural color of your teeth. 

In order to properly craft an inlay or onlay, two separate appointments are needed at the Oak Tree Dental office. Because onlays and inlays are fabricated individually for each patient in a dental restoration lab, you will first have an appointment with your dentist to have an impression taken. This is often done following the removal of an old filling or the weak and damaged areas of the tooth. That impression is used to create a perfectly fitting restoration. Once the impression is finished, we will apply a sealant to the tooth to keep it protected until the follow-up appointment. 

Once the custom-created inlay or onlay is finished, you will return for a second appointment. During the procedure, the material is then bonded to the tooth’s surface using a strong resin for a secure, durable, and long-lasting restoration that will repair and strengthen your teeth and improve your smile. 

What are the benefits of an inlay or onlay? 

There are many benefits to having your dentist place an inlay or onlay for you. This kind of restoration tends to have a near-perfect fit with a tight seal to keep bacteria from entering the damaged or weak tooth, where it would cause decay. Additionally, both inlays and onlays provide strength and stability to a damaged or decaying tooth. With proper care, including regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist, the restorations will be resistant to staining or discoloration, keeping your smile healthy and natural-looking.

An inlay or onlay can last between 10 and 30 years, all while strengthening your tooth by approximately 75 percent. If you’d like more information about whether an inlay or onlay might help you, please contact Oak Tree Dental.

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Arline Thomas
Arline Thomas
21:58 15 Jan 20
Tina M
Tina M
01:08 13 Jan 20
Len Hirschi
Len Hirschi
17:46 21 Dec 19
Connie is a great dental hygienist! Very good at what she does and upbeat as is the entire staff. The new doctors are personable and professional. The office has implemented a good plan of paying a small fee every month that makes payment of treatment much easier and there is discount included. I am happy with Oak Tree Dental and the entire staff. John and Patty Blount did a great job finding good people to continue with their business.
trina grady
trina grady
23:40 19 Dec 19
Warm, caring dentists and extremely talented! I had a dental emergency and they were the only dentist I found that was able to get me in right away. The work they did surpassed my expectations and I’m so happy I found them as my new dentist. Very comfortable office, everyone working there is kind and excellent at what they do. I am very picky and happy I found this place!
Missy Danneberg
Missy Danneberg
18:33 18 Dec 19
Connie is the best! Gentle but gets my teeth clean.
Matt Hadley
Matt Hadley
20:20 11 Dec 19
m Carbo
m Carbo
23:33 04 Dec 19
John Sayage
John Sayage
15:15 03 Dec 19
Ever since I decided to start going to see Dr Shehadeh at Oak Tree, my gums have been healthier and my teeth have never been cleaner. Other dentists never took quite the same care and I can tell the difference. Come here and don’t look back.
Anne Barron
Anne Barron
21:28 13 Nov 19
Patrick Pennington
Patrick Pennington
15:34 06 Nov 19
Natasha Dallin
Natasha Dallin
02:34 06 Nov 19
Lynette Moss
Lynette Moss
21:28 08 Oct 19
Great dental office; wonderful, thoughtful, knowledgeable and skilled dentists.
JeanEmma Bova
JeanEmma Bova
01:05 03 Oct 19
Such caring and attentive dentists! They explain everything step by step and make you feel comfortable. Highly recommend this practice!
alessandra sanguinetti
alessandra sanguinetti
20:36 26 Sep 19
larry marchesi
larry marchesi
14:19 15 Aug 19
the husband/wife team at oak tree dental took over for a dentist i had for 25 yrs, and liked a lot. i ve been to oak tree twice now and am very satisfied. friendly and professional. the work seems excellent.
John Sayage
John Sayage
19:52 22 May 19
Oak tree dental is an amazing new addition to the Sebastopol community. Dr Shehadeh took incredible care of me and I’m looking forward to returning soon.
Mocking Bird
Mocking Bird
04:26 05 Sep 18
Excellent!
Greg Thrash
Greg Thrash
17:14 28 Nov 16

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Anthony Grados and Dr. Karimeh Shehadeh are a husband and wife team dedicated to making Sebastopol smile. After Dr. Grados completed dental school at NYU and Dr. Shehadeh completed dental school at University of the Pacific, the two met during residency in Brooklyn and married a few years later.

After moving back to California, the two fell in love with Sebastopol and purchased their dental practice. As new Sebastopol residents, they're looking forward to enjoying the area's relaxed pace of life, providing great dental care and forming long-lasting relationships with their patients as they become part of the community.

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Address

Oak Tree Dental Sebastopol

220 Petaluma Ave., Suite D

Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 823-1029 

Open Hours

Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Friday-Sunday: Closed 

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