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Article: Volume 43 Number 10 Page 908 - December 2016

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  Dent Update 2016; 43: 908-914

Restorative dentistry:  Provisional Restorations – A Permanent Problem?

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Abstract: Provisional restorations play an important role when providing indirect restorations. There are a number of materials and techniques available for their construction. Careful planning and construction can protect the prepared tooth surface, improve the periodontal condition and help plan for the definitive restoration. A good provisional restoration can save time, money and effort.

Clinical relevance: Provisional restoration construction is an integral part of the indirect restorative process for inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges.

Author notes: William F Keys, BDS, MFDS RCPS(Glas), StR/Honorary Clinical Teacher in Restorative Dentistry, Dundee Dental Hospital (, Naomi Keirby, BDS, MFDS RCPS(Glas), Dental Officer, Bitterne Special Care Dental Clinic, Bitterne Health Centre, Commercial Street, Southampton SO18 6BT and David N J Ricketts, BDS, MSc, PhD, FDS (RCS)Eng, FDS Rest Dent, FDS RCPS(Glas), FHEA, Professor of Cariology and Conservative Dentistry/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Dundee Dental Hospital, 2 Park Place, Dundee DD1 4HR, UK.

Objective: To assist in the choosing of a suitable temporary restorative material and technique for constructing provisional crowns and bridges.