Most people are familiar with traditional dental fillings and crowns (“caps”.) But not many individuals have heard of an alternative to these treatments, known as a dental inlays and onlays.
Larger than a filling, smaller than a crown Fillings are ideal when a tooth has a small cavity. But when tooth decay or fractures extend deeper into teeth, trying to patch it up with a filling only places the tooth at a higher risk of fracturing and cracking during everyday use. At this point, the majority of general and cosmetic dentists progress to a full coverage dental crown that protects the entire tooth, even if there is significant healthy structure