4 doctors weighed in:
What does having an inlay fitted entail?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
Thank
1 comment
Dr. John Dovgan
Both restorations can be made by CAD/CAM technology or one visit dentistry!
Dr. Rafael Morales
Dentistry
In brief: Similar to a crown
The process is similar to a crown, but the inlay is smaller and results in less reduction of the healthy tooth.
Your dentist gets the tooth numb, cleans the decay, old filling, cracks, then makes a mold of the tooth. A temporary filling may be placed. Then the inlay (made of metal, resin or porcelain) is bonded (glued) to the tooth with a special adhesive. Bite and contacts are checked. Done!

In brief: Similar to a crown
The process is similar to a crown, but the inlay is smaller and results in less reduction of the healthy tooth.
Your dentist gets the tooth numb, cleans the decay, old filling, cracks, then makes a mold of the tooth. A temporary filling may be placed. Then the inlay (made of metal, resin or porcelain) is bonded (glued) to the tooth with a special adhesive. Bite and contacts are checked. Done!
Dr. Rafael Morales
Dr. Rafael Morales
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified,
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors