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What is an inlay?

An inlay is a restoration that fits within the cusps of a tooth. It is made outside of the mouth as opposed to a filling which is made inside the mouth. It may be made of metal or porcelain; in a lab or on a CEREC machine. It is usually cemented or bonded into the tooth. An inlay restores portions of a tooth that might also be fixed with smalgam (silver) or tooth-colored filling material.