Basic Guide to Dental Materials PDF

Dental Materials

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This guide is a supplemental resource to use alongside practical training and experiences. It works well in conjunction with Basic Guide to Dental Instruments (Scheller, 2006), which is also available in the Basic Guide series. Many instruments are referred to but not pictured, as the focus of this text is dental materials.
Basic Guide to Dental Materials has been written for anyone working or studying within the dental profession, particularly aimed at dental care professionals. It may be used as a study aid or within the dental surgery as a reference guide. It is not meant to be a comprehensive resource and needs to be used alongside study notes and other more comprehensive texts where appropriate. Dental materials have been categorised by their usage in this text, and as many materials have multiple uses they are featured in multiple chapters. The first two chapters contain essential background information on dental materials, and all other chapters should be read as required in relevant circumstances. Each chapter follows the same format, with definitions, material properties, advantages, disadvantages, trade names, manipulation instructions, manipulation photos and mixing, working and setting times. It is important that the reader understands that although every effort was made to produce manipulation instructions and mixing, working and setting times, these properties may vary between manufacturers. It is the responsibility of the dental professional to consult manufacturer’s instructions to ensure a comprehensive understanding of specific material properties.
This book is a UK publication where intraoral duties including the placement of dental materials have not yet been introduced as a skill of the dental nurse/dental assistant at the time of publication. In the event that these duties are introduced or in those areas of the world where they are practised, the individual must consult other references for information in relation to the clinical placement of dental materials.
Dental instrument and materials set-ups are included in each chapter. They only encompass what is required for the manipulation of the dental material and are not meant to be comprehensive for each procedure. Comprehensive procedure set-ups may be found in Basic Guide to Dental Instruments (Scheller, 2006).
Dental materials are ever changing. Continued professional development is essential to maintaining the most current knowledge of available products.
It is the responsibility of each member of the dental team to continuously review and update the knowledge required to work with the dental materials in the surgery. It is imperative to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when working with any dental material. It would be impossible to create a text with every material by every manufacturer, so one material has been highlighted for manipulation and photography purposes. The author does not endorse using any specific dental material.
It is essential that good health and safety, and infection control standards are practiced when working with dental materials. Where possible, these have been mentioned throughout the text. If you have any queries in relation to these areas consult your surgery policies or legislative bodies for appropriate regulations and legislation in your area.

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