Inlays are indirect fabricated dental restorations for the repair of chipped or decayed teeth. Indirect fabrication means that for the tooth to be prepared for the inlay, an impression (mold) of the prepared tooth is made and poured in dental stone, and the restoration for the tooth is made in a laboratory rather than the tooth itself. The inlay is then glued into the tooth, generally at a separate appointment. Inlays can be made from composite resin, gold and other metals, or various ceramic materials. Inlays are typically prescribed when it will be difficult to restore a tooth to its proper shape and re-establish proper contacts with the adjacent teeth.