This article describes the modification of a procedure for fabricating a laboratory-processed, metal-reinforced, acrylic resin provisional restoration that becomes an implant-retained fixed partial denture. The modification involves the incorporation of patrix and matrix components into a cast metal framework. The prosthesis can be used as an alternative to a removable radiologic stent and surgical guide. It can function as a surgical guide during implant placement and help retract the buccal mucogingival flap during implant placement. The prosthesis also can be used as an aid in locating the implant during stage II surgery. Finally, the pontics can be converted into an implant-supported provisional restoration immediately after the implant prosthetic components are attached to the uncovered implants.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery