With all of the available devices and procedures, it can be difficult to understand what scenarios or issues necessitate what treatment. In the case of inlays and onlays, they are used as an alternative to fillings when damage to the tooth or teeth is too substantial.
Inlays are a restoration used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. Onlays, on the other hand, are used when decay or damage extends further but isn’t enough to warrant a crown. If a filling needs to be removed, inlays or onlays are also commonly used. The materials used for both procedures are resilient and can last up to 30 years.
Inlays and onlays can prevent the need for extensive dental work down the line. They also help significantly strengthen teeth, as opposed to traditional metal fillings, which can lessen the strength of the teeth.