Dental Inlays and Onlay are a dental treatment that is utilized to rejuvenate a rotten or damaged tooth to its original condition.
They are definitely a more conservative approach than a dental crown because they don’t involve the removal of the healthy tooth structure.
For this reason inlays and onlays are regarded as a minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment and for many dentists and patients is a much better choice.
A crown, although sometimes necessary, involves the removal of more healthy tooth structure than required and can increase the risk of tooth fracture and the requirement for a root canal treatment.
Inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab and are then fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by the dentist. This type of restoration is an indirect filling because unlike normal dental fillings they are not shaped into place during your dental visit.