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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Paola Cohen Imach, DDS
Peer Reviewer(s): Evan B. Rosen, DMD, MPH
Item#: L0820
Contents: 1 Course Book (38 pages)
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Provisional Restorations: Uses, Materials, and Techniques

Price $29.95
Item # L0820
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Release Date: March 14, 2017

Expiration Date: March 13, 2020


Provisional restorations are an essential and sometimes underutilized tool in the diagnosis, treatment planning, and execution phase of restorative dental treatment. In the everyday practice of dentistry, provisional restorations provide practitioners with essential information for achieving a successful treatment outcome. However, the fabrication of provisional restorations requires knowledge and understanding not only of the clinical steps and procedures involved but also of the properties of the necessary dental materials used to perform them.  

Many prosthetic treatments require routine chairside techniques, such as the direct method for fabricating a provisional restoration on single-unit crown restorations. As the complexity of the treatment increases, the sophistication of the provisionalization technique may increase as well. In extensive dental reconstructions in which modifications of the tooth position, incisal length, or vertical dimension are required, provisional restorations will protect the prepared teeth from thermic and mechanical stimuli, avoid drifting of neighboring teeth, and provide the environment for periodontal health. They also allow the clinician to assess esthetics, phonetics, and function with the newly established occlusal scheme and proposed morphology for the final restorations. In this instance, a more sophisticated approach, such as the use of indirect techniques, may be appropriate.

This basic-level course reviews the properties of an ideal provisional restoration as well as its uses and indications. The course describes the available fabrication techniques (direct and indirect) used for simple and complex prosthetic restorations, identifies available materials used to fabricate them, and discusses the available materials used for provisional cementation as well as the clinical steps involved.  In order to provide quality restorations with a good long-term prognosis, dentists need to be familiar with the various restorative materials available, including provisional restorations.  


AGD Subject Code: 250

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits. 



Course Objectives

  • Discuss the properties of a provisional restoration.
  • Identify the diagnostic uses for provisional restorations.
  • Discuss techniques used in fabricating provisional restorations.
  • Identify the materials used and the clinical steps taken in fabricating provisional restorations.
  • Discuss cementation of provisional restorations.


Paola Cohen Imach, DDS, obtained her first dental degree from Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina, in 1998. She obtained her U.S. dental degree from New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry in 2006 and completed a general practice dentistry residency in 2007. She pursued specialty training in prosthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2008-2011), followed by a 1-year fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics at MD Anderson Cancer Center/University of Texas in Houston, Texas. She is a former clinical assistant professor in the department of prosthodontics, NYU College of Dentistry, where she was responsible for directing two courses for second- and third-year dental students and teaching in the dental clinics. She is a former attending physician (maxillofacial prosthodontist) at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, where she was an active member of the craniofacial team. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where she maintains a practice limited to prosthodontics.


Evan B. Rosen, DMD, MPH, is a maxillofacial prosthodontist and lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Rosen completed his master’s degree in public health at Florida International University, his doctor of dental medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and his prosthodontics residency at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health in Rochester, New York. Dr. Rosen continued his professional training by completing a fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He is actively engaged in research focusing on quality of life outcomes and the management of medically complex patients.

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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.