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Provisional Restorations

Dental Clinic Kent

provisional-restorations - Kent Dentist

During difficult restorative dental operations, provisional restorations are frequently employed to act as temporary prosthetic substitutes while patients wait for a permanent repair. Before the final fabrication and fitting, provisional restorations allow patients to test-drive the final prosthetic’s appearance and feel and make any necessary adjustments. Modern provisional restorations are highly practical and aesthetically beautiful, in contrast to earlier temporary prosthesis. Temporaries of today are made of high-quality acrylic resin that closely resembles the appearance and texture of permanent metal or ceramic restorations.

Did You Know…

One of the main elements of smile reconstructions are temporary restorations. Dental temporaries perform the following tasks in addition to providing patients with missing or damaged teeth with cosmetic benefits:

  • By limiting the mobility of the adjacent teeth, space is being reserved for the permanent repair.
  • Protecting naturally weakened teeth while they are being prepared for restoration.
  • Keeping the gums around the restoration healthy and following their natural outlines
  • Preventing germs and plaque from growing on exposed dentin
  • Avoiding dental sensitivity enabling regular speaking and eating

Our dentist offers complete family dental care in Kent. Please feel free to reach us if you have any questions.

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Seablue Dental Office FAQ

Will I need a provisional restoration during the course of my dental treatment?
You may need a provisional restoration if you are preparing to get a new crown, bridge, veneers, dental implants or some other permanent restoration. Temporaries may be put in place to ensure you are pleased with the aesthetics and fit of your new prosthetic. You may also be fit for a provisional restoration while you wait for a dental lab to finalize your permanent ones.
What should I expect when being fit for a dental temporary?
Temporaries are constructed in a dental laboratory using impressions and digital images of your teeth. The lab will produce a ‘wax-up’ that you will approve before the temporaries are fabricated. Your dentist will prepare your teeth for the provisional restorations and temporarily attach them to your teeth, where they will remain until you are ready for your permanent restorations.
Will I need to follow any special guidelines after receiving my temporary restoration?

You may need to wear your temporaries for just a few days or for several months depending on the type of dental reconstruction you are undergoing. Temporaries formed in place of crowns or veneers may only need to be worn for a few days to a few weeks, whereas dental implant and full-mouth reconstruction patients will need to wear provisional restorations for several months while the gums heal and the implants fuse with surrounding bone.

Keep in mind that provisional restorations are less durable than permanent ones and are placed using provisional cement. Because it is possible for them to shift or become damaged, you should be careful to follow your dentist’s guidelines for caring for your temporaries – including using good oral hygiene, abiding by dietary restrictions, and using protective mouth gear during sports or high impact activity.

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