This study aimed at mapping the preparation techniques and restorative materials that Swedish dentists are using for primary approximal and occlusal carious lesions. It involved sending a pre-coded questionnaire to a random sample of 923 dentists, with eight items concerning approximal and occlusal restorative preparation techniques and dental materials. Responses were received from 651 (70.5%) dentists. To restore a primary approximal carious lesion in an adolescent with low caries activity and good oral hygiene, the tunnel preparation was chosen by 48% of the dentists, the saucer-shaped preparation by 32%, and the traditional Class II preparation by 20%. The most common preparation technique for restoring an occlusal carious lesion was removal of the carious part only, which was chosen by 74% of the dentists. For a lower second molar with a minor occlusal caries lesion combined with a suspected dentin lesion as judged radiographically, about half of the dentists chose to restore the carious part only and 27% would seal the rest of the fissure system in addition. For a similar lesion with no obvious radiolucency in the dentin, about 1/3 chose the 'no treatment' alternative, 1/3 fluoride treatment, and the rest fissure sealing or other techniques. Composite was used most often and amalgam least often for both approximal and occlusal carious lesions.