Jacobs Journal of Dentistry and Research

Indirect Resin Composite Restorations- A Narrative Review

*Limly Bal T
Department Of Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute Of Dental Sciences, India

*Corresponding Author:
Limly Bal T
Department Of Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute Of Dental Sciences, India

Published on: 2019-04-11


Esthetic dentistry is a global phenomenon that continues to grow and expand over the past 30 years many have called it a revolution, but this denotes sudden monumental change. In today’s world looking good is a prime concern. Appearance is closely linked to social acceptance and professional success. Newer technologies are being harnessed for this purpose and advanced research is being undertaken. The focus of dentistry in the present times is not only on prevention and treatment of disease but on meeting the demands for better esthetics. Thus, dentistry has evolved from a curative to a creative science in a very short span. Esthetic dentistry is emerging as one of the most progressive and challenging branches of this field. A deeper understanding of this subject is required to bring out its complete clinical potential. The practice of esthetic dentistry must be based on ethical principles with a holistic approach towards total dental health rather than mere cosmetic considerations. Due to polymerization stresses, the use of direct composite restoration in posterior teeth is limited to relatively small cavities. Indirect resin composites offer an esthetic alternative to ceramics restoration.


Composites; IRC; Polymerization shrinkage


Dental restorative composite materials are classified into direct and indirect composites. Due to the limitations of the direct resin composites, indirect resin composites (IRC) are developed. The other names of indirect composites are laboratory composites or prosthetic composites. IRCs are restorations that are fabricated outside the oral cavity. Most of the IRCs are made on the removable dies of the prepared tooth inside the laboratory.