This chapter will emphasise the need to: 1) Provide a provisional restoration following tooth preparation to protect the pulp; secure positional stability, function and aesthetics; and maintain gingival health; 2) Consider using long-term provisional restorations to assess aesthetic, occlusal and periodontal changes before embarking on definitive restorations; 3) Distinguish between preparations for conventional and adhesive restorations when providing provisional restorations; 4) Determine in advance the type of provisional restorations and materials to be used, ideally, while treatment planning; 5) Be aware of materials for making provisional restorations and how to control potential hazards; and 6) Make provisional restorations to a high standard to ensure a predictable restorative outcome.
Details the need for a provisional restoration following tooth preparation.
Considers benefits of long-term provisional restorations before embarking on definitive restorations.
Distinguishes between preparations for conventional and adhesive restorations.
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The BDJ Editorial Team would like to thank the authors of this chapter for granting us permission to republish their chapter within our journal. This chapter was first originally published in R. Wassell et al. (eds), Extra-Coronal Restorations, BDJ Clinician's Guides, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-79093-0_23 © Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019. The second half of this chapter will be republished in an upcoming issue of the BDJ.
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Field, J., Wassell, R. Provisional restorations (Part 1). Br Dent J 234, 805–809 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-023-5974-7
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