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On June 3, the Department of Health made a statement that dental offices can resume seeing all patients for all (emergency and routine) care. In an effort to make Baccellieri Family Dentistry the safest environment we can, we have made some changes over the last few months.


What improvements have we made to further eliminate virus transmission?


•  UV lighting was installed in the ventilation to kill 99% of germs and viruses.
•  In addition to following OSHA guidelines for cleaning rooms, we use an HOCl fogger to disinfect the environment between patients in treatment rooms and used periodically in open spaces.
•  Staff members use additional Personal Protective Equipment (sterile gowns, shields, hair coverings) along with the typical sterile gloves and KN95 masks they have always worn.
•  We installed plastic barriers at check-in and check-out for your safety while talking to front desk staff.


What to expect when you come in for an appointment?


•  You will be asked to wear a mask or face covering into the office, wearing at all times except while you are being treated.
•  At entry, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer, a staff member will take your temperature (no contact / forehead) and do a brief screening for illness.
•  The waiting room is arranged so that the recommended 6 foot social distancing is in effect.


We are excited to see our patients again and help maintain those healthy smiles!

Inlays & Onlays


Woman smiling with perfect teethPatients with tooth decay have several restorative options, depending on the extent of the damage. Most minor to moderate instances of decay usually require a dental filling. We may recommend a dental crown if there is a minimal amount of healthy tooth structure left. However, there is also a third option. Baccellieri Family Dentistry is one of the select numbers of dental offices that specialize in inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays are considered a conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns.

What Are Inlays & Onlays?


Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are used to replace a small, moderate, or even significant amount of tooth structure lost to decay. These restorations serve as well-fit, durable, and aesthetically-pleasing solutions. An inlay or onlay is ideal if there is too much damage for a filling, but not enough to require the use of a dental crown.

An indirect filling is considered an inlay when the restoration fits within the occlusal, or bite surface, of the tooth (the center). An indirect filling is considered an onlay when it extends beyond one or more cusps of the tooth.

These days, most inlays and onlays are fabricated using a ceramic material like porcelain. Porcelain can be colored and textured to match the appearance of your natural enamel. In other words, a ceramic inlay or onlay will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your tooth. In the past, these restorations were also fabricated using gold, although this material has fallen out of favor for cosmetic reasons.

Inlay & Onlay Procedure


The procedure for both inlays and onlays is pretty much the same. The only major difference is the size and shape of the restoration itself. During your procedure, Dr. Baccellieri Jr. will use a hand tool, such as a drill, to remove any damaged or decayed tooth material. Once the tooth is properly prepared, we will take an impression of the area. This impression will be used to fabricate your final restoration. This process may take several weeks. In the meantime, we will give you a provisional inlay or onlay to protect the tooth.

Once your final restoration is ready, we will remove the provisional and place your inlay or onlay. We use a special cement to ensure your restoration permanently bonds to the enamel. We will then smooth and polish the restoration to improve its comfort and aesthetics.

Benefits of Inlays & Onlays


There are several benefits to the conservative approach of inlays and onlays, including:
•  Easy maintenance. Your restoration will be easier to clean than full coverage crowns due to its tailored fit.
•  Superior Fit. Our goal is always to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Inlays and onlays and designed to safeguard your existing tooth structure, while restoring the decayed or damaged areas.
•  Stability. Inlays and onlays, due to their fit, are extremely stable and durable. They can even strengthen the structure of a weak tooth, improving its overall longevity.
•  Tight Space Fulfillment. Due to the nature of their fit, onlays are ideal for areas of decay in the tight spaces between your teeth.
•  Aesthetics. Porcelain restorations offer the very best in aesthetics. Porcelain is also stain resistant, ensuring your restoration will look bright and beautiful for years to come!

Schedule Your Consultation


You, too, could experience the many benefits of inlays and onlays! Call 610-444-0208 to schedule your consultation today!
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