Depending on the type of dental procedure needed, a temporary restoration may be placed. This restoration is designed to protect the tooth and be a place-holder until your permanent restoration is created and delivered. It will look similar to natural teeth, but the fit and sealing will not be the same to that of the final restoration.
USES OF A TEMPORARY RESTORATION
HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP THE TEMPORARY RESTORATION?
In the case of natural teeth, it will be used for 2 to 3 weeks or more. Dental implants may require the temporary restoration to be used from 4-6 months depending on the healing phase.
These restorations are cemented in place with a weakened temporary cement that’s purposely designed not to last long.
For better results, the temporary restoration should be placed immediately after tooth preparation. For implants, the temporary restoration may be placed at the moment of surgery or weeks later, but it depends on each individual case.
⦁ Direct method: The dentist will place the temporary restoration material directly into the tooth. The acrylic or resin material will be then shaped in order to obtain a natural appearance.
⦁ Indirect method: A dental impression will be taken of the tooth, and it will be sent to a dental laboratory. These restorations are then cemented in the tooth using a temporary cement.
CARE OF A TEMPORARY RESTORATION
Temporary restorations are made of relatively weak materials, they are meant to be temporary in nature. Here are things you need to do when you have a temporary restoration.
⦁ Good oral hygiene
⦁ Have extreme caution when flossing near the temporary restorations
⦁ Avoid eating hard foods and chewing sticky substances like candy and gum
⦁ Avoid smocking because the restoration may change its color.
⦁ Visit the dental professional for follow-up appointments, or if the temporary restoration comes off.