Indirect fillings

Indirect fillings, commonly made from porcelain or composite are made in a dental laboratory and are bonded to teeth in a single piece to restore the aesthetics and function. Require a minimum of two appointments.

First appointment

  • The tooth is numbed with a local anaesthetic.
  • The cavity is cleaned of infection and prepared for a filling. 
  • There must be no retentive walls within the preparation so that the Indirect Filling can easily be placed.
  • A mould (impression) is taken of the cavity and other teeth to be sent to the laboratory which will manufacture the restoration. The laboratory usually takes 2 weeks to make Indirect Fillings. 
  • During the interim period, a temporary material is placed in the cavity to seal and protect the tooth.

Second appointment

  • The tooth is anaesthetized.
  • The temporary filling is removed and the cavity cleaned. 
  • The tooth is prepared using various bonding agents. A special type of cement then secures the indirect filling.

types of indirect restorations

  • Inlays – fills in the inside of the tooth.
  • Onlays – fills in the inside and part of the tooth cusp.
  • Overlays – fills in the inside and the biting surface.
  • Crowns – restores the entire tooth.

preservation of natural tooth tissue

The main aim of restorative dentistry is to preserve the remaining sound tooth tissue and restore the tooth to its former anatomical shape. 

Whether with Direct Restorations or Indirect Restorations we always aim to conserve as much tooth tissue as possible and protect the remaining tooth. More.

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anatomical form

It is important to recreate the anatomical form of the tooth for both aesthetics and function. The correct form will also ensure that the biting surface is harmonious with the rest of the dentition.

It is easier to recreate the anatomical form and the biting surface in a laboratory. Therefore Indirect Fillings tend to be more accurately designed and better fitting.

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