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A rigid restoration made to conform to the shape of the tapered prepared cavity, which is then retained in place with a cement luting material. Inlays are normally made from cast gold, porcelain, or composite resin. Inlays may be prepared by the direct method in which the pattern is carved or shaped within the mouth or by the indirect method in which an impression is taken of the tooth preparation and a model constructed on which an inlay pattern is then prepared. See also CAD/CAM.

Gold inlay

Porcelain inlay

Subjects: Dentistry.

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