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What are indirect tooth restorations?

Instead of being made directly in the tooth, indirect restorations are made in a lab and then placed on the tooth. Indirect restorations include crowns, inlays and onlays.

Typically, indirect restorations require two or more visits to place. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth and makes an impression of the area to be restored. The impression is sent to a dental lab. The lab then makes the dental restoration. At the next appointment, the dentist cements the restoration into the prepared cavity and adjusts it as needed.

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