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What’s An Indirect Filling?

Posted in Fillings

To understand the concept of an indirect filling, let’s first think about what a classic direct filling is.

A metal or white composite material is packed into a hollow spot in a tooth. After it sets, it protects the tooth from fracture and further decay.

So an indirect filling is a restoration that is not directly applied to the tooth.

How does that work?

Creating a Puzzle Piece Outside the Mouth

Your tooth will be prepared much like it would for any other filling. All the dead and damaged and infected tooth material is cleaned out. Next, an impression or scan is taken of the prepared site. And don’t worry – all of this happens while your tooth is nice and numb!

The scan or impression is used to design a complete and solid restoration. The finished restoration is then cemented into the prepared place.

Why Choose an Indirect Filling?

Indirect fillings are commonly called inlays or onlays. These restorations are usually made from a tooth colored filling. So no worries about any metal showing in your smile!

A filling that’s designed in one solid piece outside the mouth is less likely to fracture like a regular filling can.

Indirect fillings are great for when there is too little tooth structure left to hold a regular filling but neither do you need a full crown. It’s an excellent middle ground!

Of course, which restoration is right for you is best determined by your dentist after an examination. But it’s nice to know that you’ve got a few options to work with! Contact your dentist to learn more about the restorative options available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

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