Implant Provisionalization: The Key to Definitive Aesthetic Success

  • Edward Dwayne KarateewEmail author


Developing implant aesthetics can be elusive to many clinicians. Too often we see practitioners jumping from the implant uncovery to the definitive restoration, only to be questioned by themselves, the patient or their referring colleague: ‘why does it not look correct’ or ‘why does it not feel right when I bite?’ There is no doubt that the fabrication of a provisional implant-supported restoration is a costly procedure both in clinical time and additional cost to the patient. However, when it is avoided, for any reason, there often are complications with the final prosthesis. One must think of the provisional restoration as the prototype from which the definitive restoration evolves; ideally the only difference being is the material from which each is fabricated. Aesthetics and function are always established in this relatively inexpensive plastic material prior to the investment of time and effort being put into the definitive restoration.


Implant aesthetics Implant provisional Implant temporary Provisionalization Temporization MAC ZAC Gingiva Restoration Implant-abutment interface Acrylic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Advanced Education in PeriodonticsUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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