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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.