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What is the difference between an inlay and regular filling?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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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
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Procedure and Cost

An inlay is an indirect procedure while a filling is a direct one.
The filling is also less expensive. Ask your dentist about your individual treatment options as well as what your dentist charges for each treatment.

In brief: Procedure and Cost

An inlay is an indirect procedure while a filling is a direct one.
The filling is also less expensive. Ask your dentist about your individual treatment options as well as what your dentist charges for each treatment.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Jerry Hu
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Strength

Lab made inlays, onlays, 3/4 crowns are all stronger than chairside direct fillings, bondings, and especially gold inlays or zirconia inlays, they are very resilient and tend to hold up longer. They also cost more, but they are worth it.

In brief: Strength

Lab made inlays, onlays, 3/4 crowns are all stronger than chairside direct fillings, bondings, and especially gold inlays or zirconia inlays, they are very resilient and tend to hold up longer. They also cost more, but they are worth it.
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Hu
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In brief: How it's made...

Once the tooth is prepared for a filling, an inlay or filling (either white or silver) is used to cover the hole.
The main difference is that an inlay is made outside while a filling is made inside your mouth. Because an inlay is made outside the mouth, we can use different materials such as gold or porcelain that would otherwise not be possible to make inside your mouth.

In brief: How it's made...

Once the tooth is prepared for a filling, an inlay or filling (either white or silver) is used to cover the hole.
The main difference is that an inlay is made outside while a filling is made inside your mouth. Because an inlay is made outside the mouth, we can use different materials such as gold or porcelain that would otherwise not be possible to make inside your mouth.
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