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!