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Description: Recent advancements in ridge augmentation and bone regeneration have
expanded the pool of patients that could benefit from dental implants. However,
providing the patient with a temporary prosthesis during the wound healing phase
without impairing the process is a challenging task. This article summarizes
available information pertaining to provisional prostheses, both tooth-supported
and soft tissue-supported, that may meet the patient needs. The advantages
and disadvantages of each class of prosthesis, along with indications and
contraindications, were taken into consideration to aid the restorative dentist in
choosing the optimal provisional for their patients.