Provisionals are a test run for the patient before final restorations are fabricated. The patient can wear these for a time and report any corrections they may want before the fabrication of their final restorations. In addition to length and shape, the shade can be tried out in this stage as well.
Whenever possible, use the corresponding temporary material shade as the patient's final shade selection. If there is no exact match, simply mention that the color will either be lighter or darker.
After Dr. Goldin's patient accepted the proposed plan to address her gummy smile, a minor gingivectomy was performed using a diode laser. This procedure helped add length to the teeth and create more ideal symmetry to the gingival contours.
Dr. Goldin suggests that it is crucial for the final restorative margin to be 3 mm from the bony crest to prevent invading the biological width. Many cases require osseous crown lengthening procedures to avoid this issue. Failure to respect the biological width parameters can result in chronic inflammation.