Restoring Your Mouth Begins With Temporaries

No two mouths are alike. And no two people's dental needs are alike, either. That's why restoring your teeth just can't be done with a formula approach. Maybe that's why some people say that restorative dentistry is partly art, and partly science. Of course, Dr. Goldberg went to excellent schools to learn the science of all that's required in his work. But one of the things that makes him a true expert in being able to create successful restorations, is his 30 years of experience 'artistically' applying that knowledge to the day-to-day, hands-on realities of prosthodontics.

The Temporary Restoration

One of the tools that Dr. Goldberg uses to create precise-fitting, beautiful looking restorations, is the temporary restoration itself. In any restoration case, an oral impression is created for use in fabricating the final crown, bridge, denture, etc. However, regardless of how carefully that impression is made, it's hard to predict how the restoration will actually 'wear' in that particular patient's mouth… the variables of chewing, speaking, and daily wearing are difficult to predict. That's why traditionally, patients may have had to come back in over and over for expensive, inconvenient, and painful 'refitting' or 'reshaping' appointments.

And that's why Dr. Goldberg does things differently. From the impression that he takes, he fabricates a temporary restoration made of acrylic resin. He then places the temporary in position, allows the patient to wear it over a period of several weeks, and makes careful notes throughout that period as to fit, function, comfort, and wear patterns. This phase also provides the patient with an opportunity to get used to, evaluate, and provide input as to what he or she would like to see in their permanent restoration.

Old bonding on upper front teeth Acrylic temporaries on teeth to preview esthetics
Duplicate model of temporaries sent to laboratory Completed crowns based on temporaries

All of this information is then translated into his final work on the final restoration.

Patient Benefits

Of course, this process takes a bit longer than the traditional 'hurry up and get it placed' attitude so common today. But the benefits to the patient far outweigh any inconveniences caused by the delay. First, the patient has a good attitude and high degree of confidence up front, knowing the process is very likely to result in a near perfect fit. Second, although the 'temporary' phase may last longer, the 'final' fitting period is nearly non-existent. Third, the final result is a restoration that's of excellent quality, comfortable to wear, and great to look at. Without hassles, extra expense, or refitting required.

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