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Oral Health Topics

Materials for Indirect Restorations

Key Points: 

  • Indirect restorative materials differ in composition, physical and mechanical properties, processing methods and clinical indications, all of which need to be considered to determine a material best suited for a particular case.
  • The development of newer, stronger materials gives practitioners the ability to combine aesthetics with durability.
  • The significant advances in digital fabrication techniques is changing the way care is delivered.
  • Introduction
  • Table: General Characteristics of Indirect Dental Materials
  • Indirect Restorative Materials: Metal Alloys
  • Indirect Restorative Materials: Ceramics and Composites
  • Indirect Restorative Materials: Metal-Ceramics
  • Survivability and Longevity of Indirect Restoration Materials
  • Biocompatibility and Exposure Concerns
  • ADA Policies Related to Dental Materials
  • References
  • ADA Resources
Last Updated: February 9, 2021

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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