Provisional Restorations: Uses, Materials, and Techniques - L0820


About Course #L0820

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.

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

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.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.