Jacquelin S.

>>What is still unclear to me is how much damage a tooth can sustain before a crown is a better solution than an onlay ...

The questions you ask are essentially the value of going to dental school and then "practicing" dentistry (as in gaining experience by treating patients). And overall, you're simply not going to find an adequate answer via the web because treating teeth is a clinical science, and as such involves multiple variables that require direct inspection.

We understand your dilemma but there's little of value that we can add. What contributes to our difficulty is knowing the exact extent of the "onlay" that has been suggested. (See inlay vs. onlay definition discussion above. Note, you have described it as an in-house, all-ceramic restoration).

Generally speaking, the direction dentistry is headed in is one of adhesive dentistry and minimizing the extent of restorations. But whether this makes the best solution for your current situation would be impossible for us provide valid input about. You'll either need to query your dentists, or other dentists, further, or defer to the judgment of the one you have the most confidence in.

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