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Restorative Dentistry

Indirect Fillings

Restoring your smile while preserving tooth integrity. Discover more below.

Preservation of Tooth Structure.
Minimal alteration to natural tooth.
Aesthetic Enhancement.
Seamlessly matches with existing teeth.
Designed to endure.

In a glance.

Consider When

  • The tooth damage is moderate but too extensive for a simple filling.
  • Aesthetic and functional restoration is a priority without extensive tooth modification.

Consider Other Options If

  • Tooth damage is minimal, suitable for direct fillings.
  • Tooth damage is extensive, necessitating a full crown for complete coverage.

The Benefits

  • Enhances the structural integrity of the tooth.
  • Matches the color and shape of your natural teeth.
  • Offers a conservative restoration approach that maximizes tooth preservation.
  • Expected to last many years with proper care.

The Drawbacks

  • Requires two visits: one for preparation and one for placement.
  • More costly than direct fillings due to the materials and lab work involved.

Learn the process.

1. Initial Assessment

Determining your suitability for an indirect filling.

2. Tooth Preparation

Removing decay and shaping the tooth minimally to accommodate the restoration.

3. Impression Taking

Creating a detailed impression of your tooth for the lab fabrication of the inlay or onlay.

4. Temporary Placement

Fitting a temporary restoration to protect the tooth while your inlay or onlay is crafted.

5. Final Placement

Receiving your custom-made inlay or onlay and ensuring a perfect fit during the final visit.

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First visit

Decay Removal
We remove decay using drills, manual tools, or lasers, then thoroughly clean the area before applying a protective material to safeguard your tooth.
Dental Impression
We use precision techniques, from putty impressions to digital scans, to capture the unique contours of your tooth. This ensures your custom filling is crafted with unparalleled accuracy.
Temporary Filling
A custom temporary filling, made of resin or acrylic, protects your tooth as we await your final filling's creation, ensuring your comfort and dental functionality.

Second visit

Fitting the New Filling
We carefully remove the temporary filling and introduce your new lab-made one.
Securing Your Indirect Filling
Once we confirm the perfect fit, color, and appearance of your new filling, we use high-quality dental cements to securely seal it in place.

Discover your options.

Choosing the right indirect restoration involves considering factors like the extent of decay, the location of the cavity, and overall dental health.



Ideal for filling spaces within the cusps of a tooth.


Suitable for more extensive coverage, including one or more tooth cusps.


Perfect for extensive restoration overing the entire biting surface of the tooth and extending over the cusps.

Which material is right for you?

Gold Standard


Most common indirect filling material.

Strong & Durable
Excellent Aesthetics
Cost Effective


Similar material to direct fillings.

Good Strength
Good Aesthetics
Cost Effective


For significant structural support.

Exceptionally Durable
Poor Aesthetics

A message from Mirage Dental Clinic.

Indirect fillings enhance your smile with a natural look and superior durability, tailored to your needs with various material options. While offering better durability, color match, and stability than direct fillings, they require more time and come at a higher cost. At Mirage Dental Clinic, our advanced direct filling materials now closely match the quality of indirect fillings, providing a cost-effective alternative.

Steps and care.

Every phase detailed, ensuring your lab-made filling’s lasting brilliance and health.

Before having an indirect filling
Maintain oral hygiene and share any concerns or allergies with us.
Between sessions
Care for your temporary restoration by avoiding hard or sticky foods.
After having an indirect filling
Resume normal activities; minor sensitivity may occur but will typically subside quickly.
Filling Maintenance
Maintain your crown by brushing twice daily, flossing, and using antibacterial mouthwash. Consider a mouthguard if you grind your teeth, and keep up with regular dental visits and professional cleaning.
Things to Avoid
Skip ice cubes, hard nuts, popcorn kernels, and sticky treats like taffy and caramels.

Frequently asked.

Inlays, onlays, and overlays provide durable solutions for different dental issues. Our dentists will recommend the appropriate option based on your specific treatment needs.

The key distinction between inlays and onlays lies in their placement: inlays fill the pits and fissures within a tooth, while onlays extend over one or more of the tooth’s cusps.

Indirect restorations, such as inlays and onlays, offer superior durability, better color matching, and enhanced stability compared to direct fillings. They are crafted in a lab to ensure a precise fit, optimizing the long-term health of your tooth. While indirect restorations involve a greater initial investment and additional time for placement, their longevity and aesthetic advantages make them a worthwhile choice for sustainable dental health.

Indirect fillings themselves shouldn’t cause pain. Post-placement sensitivity is normal but should not result in significant discomfort. If you experience pain during the procedure, informing your dentist allows for additional anesthesia to ensure comfort.

Speak with our dentists.

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