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Inlays & Onlays

Your dentist may recommend inlays and onlays as a form of general dental treatment if your teeth have fillings which need to be replaced or removed. Even fillings referred to as permanent do not really last forever. This is because your teeth are exposed daily to factors that contribute to the degradation of the enamel of your teeth.

Among the factors that can damage the enamel are chewing on hard food, exposure of the teeth to temperature variants, accidental dental injury, and cavities caused by acid from bacterial plaque.

At Napa Valley Dental Group in Napa, CA., inlays and onlays can be provided as needed by our patients.

What Differentiates an Onlay from an Inlay?

An onlay is a type of filling that goes beyond the tips or cusps of your affected tooth. An inlay is filling that stays within the boundaries of the tips of your tooth. Your dentist will recommend the most suitable kind of filling for you based on the extent of the decay on your tooth.

As a form of dental restoration, both kinds of fillings are appropriate to use for teeth that are only mildly or moderately decayed. This means that the tooth is needing a filling should still have enough natural dental material on its own, which negates the need for a crown.

What Takes Place During a Filling Procedure?

Two visits are needed to complete the procedure. The first step to getting an inlay or onlay is tooth cleaning with drilling. An anesthetic is used before drilling takes place. Drilling and cleaning will help your dentist remove unneeded grime and decay, along with other debris inside your decayed tooth.

Once cleaned, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth needing treatment. This impression will be the basis for the inlay or the onlay to be made at a dental laboratory. Your dentist will put a temporary filling in your tooth to protect it from further damage or decay.

During your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary filling. The filling that came from the laboratory will be fitted on your affected tooth.

If it doesn’t fit well, your dentist will make minor adjustments. If it fits well, your onlay or inlay will be bonded or attached to your tooth. Finally, your tooth with the new filling will be polished to make it blend with your natural teeth.

If you are interested in having an inlay and/or onlay, please contact us online to schedule your appointment or by calling (707) 257-2400. We are located at 2119 Jefferson St. Napa, CA 94559.

Our Happy Customers

Napa Valley Dental Group
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Based on 91 reviews

Excellent care and wonderful front of house staff which makes such a difference. 5 stars! We were very happy with the dental work out son received in a caring and warm atmosphere.


I’ve never experienced a friendlier, more organized, more effecient group of professionals in ANY medically focused office of any sort. If your appointment is at 10:00, expect to be called in no later than 10:01..

Steve D.

The price was right the staff was above and beyond. I also had a beautiful doctor Kumar taking care of me do it was s very pleasant experience. She did the tooth extraction flawlessly and I’m a big man with big teeth. I had read reviews before I chose this dentist and the 5 stars in my opinion aren’t enough. They have a repeat customer and after a couple of disappointments it’s nice to be able to say that. Thank you Yuvika and staff.

Brett D.

I have the good fortune of having Dr. Bhullar as my dentist in Napa, Ca. He has taken care of my entire family, even putting my daughter through braces. He has done Root canals and Crowns, fixed broken teeth, you name it. We trust his work and his advice completely, and all his work has been outstanding. Dr. Bhullar takes time to explain all the procedures. He explains all the pros and cons of the treatment so that I can make an independent judgment.His staff is also extremely helpful! From the moment, you walk in the door, you sense this is no ordinary dental office (Thank You Laura) for your patience and help in explaining everything. You guys are the BEST!

M B.

Honestly I’ve always been extremely skeptical of dental appointments and have had a few bad experiences, but I could not be more relieved when leaving my appointment today. I definitely felt “”taken care of”” by the quality of care I received as well as their extension of help in multiple aspects of what I needed.Very pleased and again, relieved

Haley g.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the Napa Valley Dental Group. The whole staff is absolutely friendly, accommodating, and truly genuine. Dr. Bhullar is detailed and gentle, his skills are second to none. I will be recommending all friends and family from now on.

Brian P.

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