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What is the difference between an inlay and regular filling?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Dental inlay: In dentistry, an inlay is an indirect restoration (filling) consisting of a solid substance (as gold or porcelain) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.An onlay is the same as an inlay, except that it extends to replace a cusp. Crowns are onlays which completely cover all surfaces of a tooth.
Answered on Mar 8, 2013
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No problem: I am a little confused by your question. I assume you mean you have an inlay on a tooth in the upper arch and a filling in a tooth on the lower jaw? ... Read More
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