A dental inlay fills in the gap resulting from removal of tooth decay. Like a filling, it strengthens the remaining part of the tooth, but an inlay may be used when a tooth has too much damage for a standard filling.
With an inlay, your dentist will use an anesthetic before removing any decay in the tooth. Usually an impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a lab where the inlay is made from porcelain or composite resin material.
The inlay is then bonded to the tooth by your dentist. It’s considered an inlay – versus an outlay – when it fits in the little points of a tooth in the back of your mouth. Once this is set, care for it the way you care for the rest of your teeth.