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Provisional Restorations

NYC Provisional Restorations Serving Manhattan & New York, NY

Provisional restorations serve as temporary prosthetic replacements used during complex restorative dental procedures until the permanent restorations are provided. These provisional restorations offer a trial period to the patients during which they check out the feel and look of the final prosthetic and consider making any essential changes before the final implantation. Modern provisional restorations are aesthetically pleasing and highly functional as compared to the temporary prosthetics of the past. As modern provisional restorations are composed of a quality acrylic resin, they mimic the feel and look of permanent ceramic or metal restorations.

Provisional restorations are a chief constituent of smile renewals. Other than serving cosmetic purposes for patients with damaged or missing teeth, the following functions are offered by provisional restorations:

  • Defending reduced natural teeth that are prepped for restorations
  • Protecting exposed dentin from plaque and bacteria
  • Facilitating normal speaking and eating
  • Preserving space for the permanent restoration by thwarting surrounding tooth movement
  • Preserving the natural contours and health of the gums surrounding the restoration
  • Averting tooth sensitivity

Patient Testimonial

“I first encountered Thyme Dental Care over a holiday weekend when I had chipped one of my teeth. I was nervous that I would have a difficult time getting it fixed since many dental offices were closed. I’m glad I settled on this place – the staff were courteous, friendly, and efficient. Dr. Andrew Flores took the time to explain the options for repair that were available to me before I was charged a dime. He guaranteed the tooth repair for a year which allows me to come back in free of charge if anything happens to the fixed tooth. I’ve now been to both their Midtown and Upper East Side locations and I really appreciate how convenient their locations are. Not only will you receive quality dental care here, but you’ll encounter a friendly and knowledgeable dentist and dental staff who care just as much about your patient experience as they do your dental needs.”

Will I need a provisional restoration during the course of my dental treatment?

If you are preparing to get a new bridge, crown, dental implants, veneers or some other permanent restoration, you might need a provisional restoration. If you are waiting for a dental lab to finalize your permanent restoration, you are a candidate for a provisional restoration. Provisional restorations are placed to make sure that you are contented with the aesthetics and well adapted to your new prosthetic.

What should I expect when being fit for a provisional restoration?

Digital images and impressions of your teeth are used to construct provisional restorations in a dental laboratory. You will have to approve a ‘wax-up’ produced by the lab before the temporary restorations are fabricated. Provisional restorations will be temporarily attached to your teeth by your dentist which will be removed when you are ready for your permanent restorations.

Will I need to follow any special guidelines after receiving my provisional restoration?

The time period required to wear a temporary restoration depends on the type of dental reconstruction you are undergoing. Patients of full-mouth reconstruction and dental implant will need to wear provisional restorations for a few months until the gums heal and the implants fuse with the surrounding bone. On contrary, provisional restorations might need to be worn for several days to several weeks in place of veneers or crowns. Permanent restorations are much more durable than provisional restorations which require temporary cement for its placement. You should listen to your dentist abougit taking care of your provisional restorations otherwise they might be shifted or become damaged. These guidelines include, using protective mouth gear during sports or high impact activity, abiding by dietary restrictions and using good oral hygiene.

If you want to get a provisional restoration, contact Thyme Dental Care, NYC today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Flores and Dr. Lee!

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