View from the Chairside: Temporary Crowns Protocol
By Dr. Mark Venditti
Dr. Venditti graduated from the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. He currently practices general dentistry and lives in Kingston, Ontario with his wife and 2 boys. He is a continuing education coordinator for the Kingston and District Dental Society. Dr. Venditti is also a JCDA Clinical Practice Advisor.
Until a few years ago, when making temporary crowns for my patients, I would start by taking a full-mouth alginate impression. Towards the end of the appointment, I would reinsert the impression with my temporary crown material to make the crown. Later on, I learned about a different technique and now, I use a small metal stent filled with fast setting stiff polyvinylsiloxane (PVS) material to make the temporary crown. I find this technique easier and my patients tell me they like it better.
This protocol has made my life a lot easier.
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