- A provisional prosthesis is an excellent method to evaluate esthetics, function and comfort for an edentulous patient
- A provisional prosthesis can indicate where patient expectations can and cannot be met
- A provisional prosthesis can assist in finalizing a patient-centered treatment plan
Provisionals - multifunctional use
Conceptually, a provisional prosthesis for an edentulous patient is a convenient tool that offers the patient a satisfactory level of function and esthetic appearance while definitive treatment is undertaken.
Provisional prostheses assist both dentist and patient perceptions regarding what the final treatment outcome is likely to offer. A close match between the provisional and final prosthesis enhances the patient's understanding of the esthetic and functional attributes of the final treatment outcome with the definitive prosthesis. Moreover, any required revision of the treatment plan can be made pro-actively at this stage, therby precluding any irreversible treatment therapeutic procedures.
A provisional prosthesis may also be utilized as part of the surgical guide fabrication protocol. It can also be considered for a completely edentulous arch as part of an immediate loading protocol (see also sections on treatment options and treatment protocols).
The use of CT-based planning software facilitates the fabrication of a laboratory-processed provisional prosthesis, although a patient's functioning denture may also be used for this purpose.