Fundamentals of
Dental Materials

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This course has been integrated into a revised and expanded version, Dental Materials 201. This one will remain here indefinitely, but the better choice is the 201 version.

Lesson Units
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Part 1
Restorative Materials

Part 1 Learning Objectives

Section I. INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL MATERIALS

1-1. GENERAL
1-2. RESTORATIVE MATERIALS - GENERAL
1-3. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
1-4. METALLURGICAL TERMS

Section II. DENTAL AMALGAM

1-5. DENTAL AMALGAM
1-6. ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF AMALGAM
1-7. USAGE AND PREPARATION OF AMALGAM
1-8. PRECAUTIONS DURING AMALGAM PREPARATION
1-9. MERCURY HYGIENE PRACTICES BY THE DENTAL SPECIALIST

Section III. DENTAL BASES AND CEMENTS

1-10. GENERAL
1-11. CHARACTERISTICS OF ZINC PHOSPHATE CEMENT
1-12. PROPERTIES OF ZINC PHOSPHATE CEMENT
1-13. SETTING REACTIONS OF ZINC PHOSPHATE CEMENT
1-14. PREPARATION AND USAGE OF ZINC PHOSPHATE CEMENT
1-15. CHARACTERISTICS OF POLYCARBOXYLATE CEMENT
1-16. PREPARATION AND USAGE OF POLYCARBOXYLATE CEMENT
1-17. CHARACTERISTICS OF GLASS IONOMER CEMENT
1-18. PREPARATION AND USAGE OF GLASS IONOMER CEMENT
1-19. CHARACTERISTICS OF ZINC OXIDE AND EUGENOL
1-20. CLINICAL USES OF ZINC OXIDE AND EUGENOL

Part 1 Assessment Exam

Part 2 
Dental Resins, Miscellaneous Dental Materials, and Dental Gold/Alloys

Part 2 Learning Objectives

Section I. DENTAL RESINS FOR RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

2-1. GENERAL
2-2. ACRYLIC RESINS
2-3. COMPOSITE RESINS
2-4. ACID ETCH TECHNIQUE
2-5. PIT AND FISSURE SEALANTS
2-6. INTERMEDIATE RESTORATIVE MATERIAL

Section II. MISCELLANEOUS DENTAL MATERIALS

2-7. CALCIUM HYDROXIDE
2-8. ROOT CANAL FILLING MATERIALS
2-9. GUTTA-PERCHA POINTS
2-10. SILVER ROOT CANAL POINTS
2-11. CAVITY LINING VARNISH
2-12. DENTAL PORCELAIN
2-13. POLISHING MATERIALS

Section III. DENTAL GOLD AND GOLD ALLOYS

2-14. GENERAL
2-15. ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL
2-16. FINENESS, CARAT, AND WEIGHING
2-17. ANNEALING AND TEMPERING
2-18. GOLD FOIL
2-19. CASTING GOLD ALLOY
2-20. GOLD ALLOY SOLDER
2-21. WROUGHT GOLD
2-22. GOLD PLATE
2-23. NONPRECIOUS ALLOYS

Part 2 Assessment Exam

Part 3
Gypsum Products, Dental Waxes, and Impression Materials

Part3 Learning Objectives

Section I. GYPSUM PRODUCTS

3-1. GENERAL - GYPSUM
3-2. PLASTER OF PARIS
3-3. ARTIFICIAL STONE

Section II. DENTAL WAXES

3-4. GENERAL--WAXES
3-5. INLAY WAX
3-6. BASEPLATE WAX
3-7. STICKY WAX
3-8. UTILITY WAX
3-9. DISCLOSING WAX
3-10. BOXING WAX
3-11. LOW-FUSING IMPRESSION WAX

Section III. IMPRESSION MATERIALS

3-12. GENERAL
3-13. REQUIREMENTS FOR IMPRESSION MATERIAL
3-14. TYPES OF IMPRESSION MATERIALS
3-15. AGAR-TYPE HYDROCOLLOID--CHARACTERISTICS
3-16. MIXING AND SETTING TIME
3-17. DIMENSIONAL STABILITY
3-18. EFFECT ON GYPSUM PRODUCTS
3-19. ALGINATE-TYPE HYDROCOLLOID--CHARACTERISTICS
3-20. DISPENSING
3-21. MIXING AND SETTING TIME
3-22. STRENGTH
3-23. DIMENSIONAL STABILITY
3-24. EFFECT ON GYPSUM PRODUCTS
3-25. SYNTHETIC RUBBER BASE IMPRESSION MATERIALS--CHARACTERISTICS
3-26. DISPENSING
3-27. MIXING AND SETTING TIME
3-28. DIMENSIONAL STABILITY
3-29. EFFECT ON GYPSUM PRODUCTS
3-30. MODELING PLASTIC--CHARACTERISTICS
3-31. IMPRESSION PASTE--CHARACTERISTICS

Part 3 Assessment Exam

Appendices

A. TYPICAL INSTRUMENT SETUPS

Basic Examination Setup
Anesthetic Setup
Rubber Dam Instrument Setup
Restorative Setups
Surgical Setups
Routine Tooth Extraction Setup
Endodontic Instrument Setups

B.  LIST OF INSTRUMENTS USED IN RESTORATIVE PROCEDURES

Removing Decay
Finishing the Cavity Preparation
Preparing and Placing the Base Material
Confining the Restorative material in Cavity Preparation
Preparing and Placing of the Restorative Material
Finishing the Restorative Material

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