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J Calif Dent Assoc. 2008 Aug;36(8):599-606.

Transitioning patients from teeth to implants utilizing fixed restorations.

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Division of Primary Oral Healthcare, University of Southern California, School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, USA.


The provisional phase of treatment can be the most challenging in implant dentistry. The choice of provisional restoration should be based on esthetic demands, functional requirements, duration, and ease of fabrication. One major obstacle to treatment with implants is the transitional phase between a tooth-supported occlusion and an implant-supported occlusion. This is of particular concern when a patient with a failing dentition has not worn a removable prosthesis before and is planned to have a reconstruction supported by implants.

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