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Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Multipurpose application of custom, rigid, clear matrix for fabricating trial restorations, tooth preparation guides, and interim veneers

  • Ariel J. Raigrodski
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author: Dr Ariel J. Raigrodski, Aesthetic Restorative & Implant Dentistry Northwest 19020 33rd Avenue West, Suite 200, Lynnwood, WA 98036
    Affiliations
    Private practice, Lynnwood, Wash
    Affiliate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash
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      Abstract

      Interim veneers present an esthetic and functional challenge for restorative dentists. Moreover, inadequate fit or trauma to the soft tissue during their fabrication or subsequently may affect soft-tissue health and stability and lead to bleeding that will compromise the adhesive cementation of the definitive ceramic veneers. This article describes a technique for the atraumatic fabrication of interim veneers with a custom, rigid, clear matrix designed for multipurpose use during the patient’s restorative care. Based on a diagnostic waxing, the clear matrix is made and first used for the fabrication of the trial restorations and as a tooth-preparation guide. Subsequently, it is used for the atraumatic fabrication of interim veneers with a photopolymerizing direct restorative material.
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