Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, are dental restorations that offer a well-fitting, strong, long lasting reparative solution to tooth decay or similar damage. In certain cases, inlays and onlays are a conservative alternative to dental crowns. During your first visit, Dr. Broschinsky must prepare the damaged tooth. A molded impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where an inlay or onlay is fabricated out of porcelain or pressed ceramic to match your current tooth color. A fitted, provisional inlay or onlay in the shape of the final restoration may be created during this visit to protect the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated. During your second visit, the provisional temporary is removed and your inlay or onlay is placed.