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Gypsum Products, Dental Waxes, and Impression Materials

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a. General. Sticky wax has many uses in a dental clinic and dental laboratory. It holds broken pieces of a denture together and assembles components of fixed partial dentures and wrought partial dentures in preparation for soldering.

b. Properties. Sticky wax becomes sticky when melted and has the property of adhering to the surfaces of various materials. Sticky wax is composed of beeswax, paraffin, and resins. It is usually supplied as hexagonal sticks of various colors, often orange or purple. It is brittle at room temperature and assumes a thick liquid consistency when heated.

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