With inlays and onlays, more of the tooth structure can be preserved than with the placement of a crown. They are an excellent option for preserving the teeth you have for long-lasting strength.
An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusp tips of the tooth. They are custom-made to fit the prepared cavity and are then cemented into place.
An onlay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps of a tooth. Onlays are best used in situations where a cusp is compromised or fractured.
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