UW School of Dentistry


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Dental Materials Science 2

Course Director: Dr. Kwok-Hung (Albert) Chung
Credits: 1
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 1

Course Overview

This is a lecture to teach the first year dental students to integrate their college knowledge in chemistry, physics, and biology to develop a good understanding of the basic science of materials used in dentistry. Students will learn properties and manipulated techniques as well as application of clinical materials.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Describe a phase diagram and metallic solidification processing, and the property changes that accompany different heat treatments of metallic materials.
2. Describe the classification of dental casting alloys and understand their components and functions.
3. Classify casting investments for dental use and discuss the desired properties of an investment material.
4. Describe the lost wax technique and explain alloy melting procedures as well as casting problems.
5. State the critical factors that affect rates of abrasion and polishing results, and describe the configuration of rotary instruments as they relate to polishing procedures.
6. Discuss the development, compositions, and properties of various amalgam materials used in dentistry, and understand mercury issues related to dental amalgam.
7. Discuss the development, compositions, and properties of various adhesive systems and resin-based composite direct filling materials.
8. Describe the basic science and classification of ceramic materials, discussing porcelain-fused-to-metal restoration and bonding mechanisms.
9. Discuss materials for all ceramic prostheses.
10. Discuss the development, compositions, and properties of various cements used in dentistry.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 14

Date last updated: 2018-03-23