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Volume 10 , Issue 3
May/June 1995

Pages 319-325

Provisional Implant-Supported Fixed Restorations

Steven Lewis, DMD/Stephen Parel, DDS/Robert Faulkner, DDS

PMID: 7615328

Implant-supported provisional restorations serve several valuable functions. In the anterior region, they are beneficial in determining the best restorative design, ultimately allowing for the most appropriate definitive prosthesis. They also provide a template around which soft tissue contours may be evaluated and manipulated. In areas where bone quality is compromised and implant success is suspect, whether it be anteriorly or more likely posteriorly, implant-supported provisional restorations may be used to “test” the osseointegration prior to fabricating and placing the definitive restorations. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1995;10:319–325)

Key words: esthetics, progressive integration, progressive loading, provisional loading, provisional restoration

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