From the desk of
Dr. Sabiha Bunek, Editor-in-Chief

  We’ve had many questions recently on the newer materials and techniques available for temporization, some due to patient requests and some due to the increasing complexity and length of treatment time.
Early in my career, I spent little time during the temporization stage of crown and bridge procedures because, let’s face it, it’s temporary. Instead, I spent the majority of my chair time prepping teeth, managing soft tissue, and taking a good final impression. It was not long before I realized the success of my final restorations depended greatly on the temporaries I had created and the cementation protocol I followed. The result of improper-fitting provisionals or residual temporary cement left behind meant unnecessary time adjusting or managing soft tissue health prior to cementation. Older and wiser, I’ve learned how all of these materials can interact and affect the success of a case.
In this month’s issue, we focus on how to select ideal materials for temporization outlining the differences among provisional materials and temporary cements, as well as provide clinical tips for success. We also highlight some interesting new trends in digital dentistry and the challenge of long-term temporization.
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