Inlays are indirectly fabricated dental restorations for the repair of chipped or decayed teeth. We prepare the tooth for the inlay, make an impression (mold) of the prepared tooth and pour it in dental stone and the restoration for the tooth is made in a laboratory on the stone replica rather than the tooth itself. We then lute (i.e. glue) the inlay into the tooth at next appointment. We make inlays from composite resin, gold and other metals or various ceramic materials as the patient’s need might be. We typically prescribe inlays when it is difficult to restore a tooth to its proper shape and re-establish proper contacts with the adjacent teeth. Less tooth structure is removed than would be necessary for crowns or onlays. Inlays are very similar to fillings, except that they're made in a lab.