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Provisional Restorations: Materials

There are many different types of materials that can be used for provisional restorations.  Some are stronger than others.  Some look better than others.  There is not one “best” material.

  • Making provisional restorations can take just as long, if not longer, than preparing the teeth.
  • Provisional restorations should maintain tooth position.
  • Occlusion and shade of the temporary restorations can help with the final crown, bridge, or dental implant.
  • Methacrylates and resins are the two most common materials.
  • Bisacryl is the most common type of material used today.
  • It is faster, but not as flexible.
  • Using a suckdown machine can be very helpful.
  • Triad ovens provide heat and can complete the cross polymerization.
  • To trim the temporary crowns, start with the acrylic burs and then move to finer and finer burs or disks
  • Staining can help a monochromatic provisional restoration look more lifelike.