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Materials Science for Dentistry - 9th Edition - ISBN: 9781845695293, 9781845696672

Materials Science for Dentistry

9th Edition

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Author: B W Darvell
Paperback ISBN: 9781845695293
eBook ISBN: 9781845696672
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 29th April 2009
Page Count: 688
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Table of Contents

Mechanical testing; Gypsum materials; Polymers; Rheology; Acrylic; Resin restorative materials; Flexible impression materials; Composition and phase diagrams; Cements and liners; Surfaces; Metals I: Structure; Metals II: Constitution; Corrosion; Silver Amalgam; Mixing; Waxes; Casting investments; Casting; Casting alloys; Cutting, abrasion and polishing; Steel and cermet; Soldering and welding; Mechanics; Light and colour; Porcelain; Radiography; More polymers; More metals; More mechanical testing.


Materials Science for Dentistry has established itself as a standard reference for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in dentistry. It provides a fundamental understanding of the materials on which dentistry depends, covering those aspects of structure and chemistry which govern the behaviour and performance of materials in use. Particular materials discussed include gypsum, polymers, acrylic, cements, waxes, porcelain and metals. Other chapters review topics such as surfaces, corrosion, mixing, casting, cutting and bonding as well as mechanical testing. This edition, which adds a chapter on further aspects of mechanical testing, has been extensively revised with, for example, new material on condensation silicone and phosphate-bonded investment chemistries, mixing, MTA™ and alternative radiographic imaging techniques.

Now in its ninth edition, Materials Science for Dentistry continues its reputation as the most authoritative available reference for students of dentistry. It is also a valuable resource for academics and practitioners in the field.

Key Features

  • Offers a fundamental understanding of the materials on which dentistry depends, covering their structure and chemistry
  • Extensively revised to keep it up-to-date with the latest developments
  • This new edition continues its reputation as the most authoritative reference on dentistry


Students of dentistry, Academics and practitioners in the field


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… a truly excellent book that covers the topic in greater depth and with greater authority than other dental texts., Professor Timothy F. Watson, King’s College London, UK
There is no doubt – it is the best in the field., Professor Nikhil K. Sarkar, Louisiana State University, USA

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About the Author

B W Darvell

Dr. Brian W Darvell was formerly Professor and Chairman of the Department of Bioclinical Sciences in the faculty of Dentistry at Kuwait University. Prior to this he spent nearly 30 years in the Department of Dental Materials Science in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Darvell, a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Chemist, is still active in the field, holding an honorary professorship at the University of Birmingham (UK), and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), the Royal Statistical Society and the Academy of Dental Materials. He serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Dental Materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Dental Materials Science, Kuwait University, Kuwait, formerly, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong