The best provisional is one that supports the patient’s long-term restorative success and, for the patient’s comfort, can be efficiently placed. While a chairside temporary can be convenient, it is no panacea — especially when you’re facing a fresh extraction site. Check out this Case of the Week from Episode 186 of “Chairside Live,” and you’ll see how I used a lab-fabricated provisional to avert complications and temporize with ease.
For an extraction case like this, I would have multiple concerns about applying a heavy amount of viscous chairside temporary acrylic resin. The material could lock into the freshly placed sutures, or the extraction site could be contaminated. Plus, the recall appointment could reveal the chairside temporary has prevented the formation of a smooth ovate pontic. Fortunately, a lab-fabricated provisional allowed me to eliminate these risks. Veronica, a Glidewell Dental employee who keeps company facilities in tip-top shape, required treatment for missing posterior teeth and super-erupted molars. Placing a 3-unit BioTemps® Provisionals bridge (Glidewell Laboratories; Newport Beach, Calif.), I provided Veronica with a comfortable temporary that bolstered her treatment’s lasting success.
BioTemps Provisionals can help procedures run smoothly and create lower stress for the practitioner, dental auxiliary and patient.