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What Is an Indirect Filling?


Posted on 11/30/2016 by Dr. Leite
A woman receiving a dental filling.
Most people are familiar with direct fillings, where you witness something being placed in your cavity and allowed to fill the spot where the decay once was. However, indirect fillings are a better option for some cavities.

If you have some larger cavities that you need to get filled, you may want to consider talking to your dentist about getting indirect fillings, as they are often more stable than direct fillings when it comes to large fillings.

The Basics of an Indirect Filling


When you have a tooth that needs a large filling, but the tooth is not quite decayed enough to require a crown, an indirect filling is often used. Your dentist will take a mold of the area that requires a filling during your primary visit, and send that mold off to a lab.

At the lab, a composite filling material is made to mimic the mold, and returned to the dentist's office. During your secondary visit, you will have the composite filling put into your tooth. Your dentist will make sure it fits properly, and from there, they will cement that indirect filling in place. Between your two appointments, you will have a temporary filling so as to keep the area protected.

If you want to find out more about indirect fillings, call your dentist. Ask him or her to tell you how the process works, and if you have any teeth that could benefit from this type of filling. They are known to be quite stable and long-lasting. Your dentist may want to take out some of your old fillings and replace them with indirect fillings to give you a better look and feel, plus give your fillings a bit more longevity.

Find out more today by contacting us and seeing what we have to say.



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