Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

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

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