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Special Issues
July/August 2019
Volume 40, Issue 1
Peer-Reviewed

Versatile Provisional Material Generates Durable, Highly Esthetic Results

Jack Ringer, DDS

The placement of anterior and posterior provisional restorations presents two very different challenges for dentists. With dentistry becoming increasingly specialized, having to use different materials for different procedures can create inventory and financial management challenges as well. Fortunately, the author has found a bis-acrylic provisional material that works exceptionally well for both anterior and posterior restorations. Luxatemp® Ultra (DMG America, dmg-america.com) is not only versatile but capable of generating beautiful, stable esthetics, is durable and long lasting, and allows provisional restorations to be produced in an efficient and predictable manner. A key advantage of Luxatemp Ultra, particularly in anterior restorations, is that it facilitates extremely lifelike esthetics and color stability. The material is significantly less porous and much smoother than other provisional materials and polishes exceptionally well to deliver superb fluorescence. The case presented demonstrates an anterior provisional restoration in which the practitioner was able to create an accurate esthetic preview of the patient's desired final outcome while still being stable, efficiently constructed, and comfortable for the patient. This was readily accomplished utilizing an armamentarium of materials that included impression putty, a non-etching adhesive, Luxatemp Ultra bis-acrylic provisional material, and a flowable composite.

Key Takeaways

Versatile provisional material-Luxatemp Ultra meets all criteria for provisional restorations, featuring excellent flexural strength for stability, break resistance, and long-term durability, as well as remarkably lifelike esthetics and color stability.

Benefits for both anterior and posterior-Featuring unique nanotechnology, Luxatemp Ultra can be used in both anterior and posterior provisional restorations, delivering precise fit, fast curing, easy cutting and handling, and greater clinician control.

Natural-appearing provisionals-The material's fluorescence is similar to that of a natural tooth, and six different shades afford dentists ample options to create a harmonious, particularly beautiful, natural-looking provisional restoration.

About the Author

Jack Ringer, DDS
Private Practice
Anaheim Hills, California
Fellow
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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