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Article: Volume 43 Number 10 Page 908 - December 2016

  Dent Update 2016; 43: 908-914  Read article

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 (william.keys@nhs.net), 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.