Some teeth are damaged to the point that they cannot be treated with a mere filling. However, the damage might not be extensive enough to justify the use of a crown. In such cases, an inlay or onlay will prove optimal for tooth restoration. Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings. This means both are fabricated far away from the patient, typically in a dental lab. The inlay or onlay is then bonded directly to the tooth in a subsequent visit. Below, we delve into the specifics of dental inlays and onlays to help patients determine if either will improve their oral health, beauty, and functionality.