The use of the provisional restoration is a routine day to-day clinical treatment. Although they are generally used for a limited period of time, it is important to recognise that so-called temporary restorations must nonetheless meet the same criteria as permanent restorations to support the health of the dentition and success of the final restoration.

Provisionals have many important uses, enabling clinicians to refine biologic and biomechanical issues before the final restoration is fabricated. Often insufficient time is given to their manufacture, making them deficient in adhering to design principles.

The fabrication of temporary restorations requires that clinicians be proficient with a variety of materials, and techniques, that can be used to make well-adapted, functional and highly aesthetic provisionals. The selection of provisional materials should be made based on a case-by-case evaluation.

This hands-on TubulesLive will provide a review of the provisional materials available and explore ways in which quick, simple temporary crowns can be made using resin composite material. The restorative design, critical thinking, soft tissue management, temporary cementation techniques will be explored.

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