The days of amalgam or metal fillings have ended, and instead of losing a great deal of a tooth’s structure in order to eliminate decay, modern dentists have a much more conservative option thanks to inlays and onlays. These are perfect for a patient who has decay but who does not need a crown or traditional filling or who has damaged a tooth but does not need a large restoration.
They are made of tooth-colored resin that is bonded to the treated tooth. The difference between them is quite subtle. Inlays are set within the tooth while onlays also sit in the tooth as well as replacing one or more cusps. They are incredibly strong and a fantastic option for those with cosmetic issues to the uppermost portion of the tooth.