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Restorative Materials

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1-2. RESTORATIVE MATERIALS - GENERAL

Restorative materials are the metallic or nonmetallic materials used to restore diseased or damaged teeth to health and function. Restorative materials have been greatly improved, although a universally ideal restorative material has not yet been developed. The corrosive nature of saliva and the expansion and contraction of tooth structure with changes in temperature make great demands upon a restorative material. The stress brought to bear on the restoration by masticatory forces also makes great demands. Restorative materials must be compatible with living tissue. If used in the anterior region of the mouth, the materials must also be esthetically pleasing. Restorative materials, used when and where indicated, help to ensure the placement of a successful restoration and preservation of the tooth.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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