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    How to simplify provisionals with DMG’s TempoCem ID Temporary Cement

    Dr. Lee Ann Brady demonstrates how to use DMG’s TempoCem® ID Temporary Cement for crafting esthetic and functional provisional restorations.

    Crafting an esthetic and functional provisional restoration is crucial to surpassing patient expectations, building word-of-mouth marketing appeal and ensuring future case success. 

    This ability to determine the tone and course of the entire case is what makes provisionals a key component of restorative dentistry and one that shouldn’t be overlooked. When provisionals appear beautiful, feel natural and stay in place until the patient comes back to have the restoration seated, they create an extremely positive experience. The patient will be more apt to do restorative procedures in the future and will brag about your skills to their friends, family and colleagues. 

    Unfortunately, the reverse is true as well. If the temporary isn’t esthetic, breaks, falls off or the tooth is sensitive, it will be a very negative experience for both the patient and the dental team. This can lead to a damaged public image, miscommunications built on disappointment and less confidence all-around for the duration of the case. To solidify the long-term health of a dental career, it’s important that as many restoration processes as possible are smooth and predictable.

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    Accomplishing this goal consistently and crafting exquisite restorations go hand in hand. The first piece of the puzzle is the quality of the provisionals. Today, most provisional restorations are fabricated from bisacryl materials utilizing a matrix for ease in recreating existing dentition. 

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    For single-unit cases, a matrix may be fabricated using either a polyvinyl substitute for alginate, such as StatusBlue® (DMG America) (Figs. 1-3), or for more complex restorative cases, a two-stage VPS silicone matrix and a laboratory wax-up give the best detail. Luxatemp® Ultra (DMG America) is a highly esthetic material combining fluorescence with incredible flexural strength. It enables the fabrication of beautiful provisionals that closely mimic the value, chroma and hue of the fracture resistant final ceramics (Figs. 4-6). The add-on resin is LuxaFlow™ Ultra (DMG America).  It can be used to repair voids and margins and create long-lasting seals to help prevent leakage and sensitivity. 

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    Lee Ann Brady, DMD
    Dr. Lee Ann Brady is a privately practicing dentist and nationally recognized educator, lecturer and author. With an extensive history ...


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