Trends in indirect dentistry: 6. Provisional restorations, more than just a temporary

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The provision of well-fitting, functional provisional restorations is important for a wide variety of reasons, including maintenance of the stability of inter- and intra-arch relationships and positional stability of prepared teeth, and the preservation of occlusal function of anterior provisional restorations by providing appropriate protrusive and lateral guidance. Provisional restorations should be of sufficient strength to resist the forces of occlusion and should be luted with a cement that will resist the forces of removal, yet allow easy removal at the fit appointment without leaving a residue on the prepared tooth. This paper describes the use of provisional restorations in indirect restorative dentistry and suggests some specific techniques for clinical use.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-4, 447-8, 450-2
JournalDental Update
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005