Interim and temporary restoration of teeth during endodontic treatment

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One of the main aims of endodontic treatment is to eliminate micro-organisms from within the root canal system. A further aim is to prevent the ingress of any further bacteria during and after treatment. These aims are usually achieved by various means and stages throughout the treatment process. Endodontic treatment is usually performed on teeth that have lost the integrity of the external coronal tooth structure which has allowed bacteria to enter the tooth and ultimately reach the pulp space. Further opening of the tooth occurs when an endodontic access cavity is made to allow treatment to be performed. Hence, there will always be a need for interim and temporary restoration of teeth undergoing endodontic treatment. Many different materials and techniques have been proposed, and these proposals have been based on many research reports. The purposes of this article are to review the literature regarding the use of interim and temporary restorations, and to provide recommendations regarding such restorations for clinicians to follow when providing endodontic treatment.

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