Introduction to Dental Materials
Introduction to Dental Materials,
Edition 4
By Richard Van Noort, BSc, DPhil, DSc, FAD, FRSA

Publication Date: 09 Mar 2013

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It is essential that dentists have a sound understanding of the principles underlying the selection and use of the materials they rely upon for restorative procedures. Rapid changes in material science, however, ensure that the typical lifespan of a dental material can be as little as three years before it is superseded by another one. As such, all practitioners need to be constantly up-to-date with developments to be able to assess the potential of new materials – a situation that requires a thorough understanding and appreciation of the composition, chemistry and properties of the materials they work with.

Now in its 4th edition, this highly successful textbook continues to present dental material science in an accessible, easy-to-read format perfectly tailored to the needs of the busy dental student. Rich with line artworks, ‘pull-out’ boxes and ample use of photographs and tables, Introduction to Dental Materials covers the basic science, clinical dental materials and laboratory materials used in the construction of fixed and removable prostheses.

Key Features

      • Characterized by an accessible and friendly style, providing ‘need to know’ information only – perfect for the busy student!
      • Rich with pull-out boxes, tables, line artworks and photographs
      • Helps the reader recall the underlying basis of the subject – essential facts relating to chemical bonding, metals, ceramics and polymers
      • Ideal preparation for clinical practice - equips the reader with the information required to safely assess the potential of new dental materials
      • Explains the terminology used in the description of material behaviour
      • Explores the use of clinical dental materials including resin bonding to enamel and dentine, impression materials, the principles of adhesion as well as issues relating to pulpal protection and the use of post-core endodontic systems
      • Describes the use of laboratory and related dental materials to enable better communication with the laboratory team


New Features

      • Accompanied by an ALL NEW ON-LINE SELF-ASSESSMENT MODULE to provide essential exam practice for all BDS candidates and those taking equivalent exams
      • Includes updated coverage of recent developments in dental biomaterials, including endodontic materials, digital impressions and a useful new chapter on nanotechnology in dentistry
      • Reflects the growing need to be aware of the safety aspects of dental materials and the care that has to be taken when sourcing materials from across the world
      • Fully updated and now published in full colour throughout!


About the author
By Richard Van Noort, BSc, DPhil, DSc, FAD, FRSA, Professor of Dental Materials Science, University of Sheffield, UK
Table of Contents
SECTION ONE Basic Science for Dental Materials

1.1 Biomaterials, safety and biocompatibility

1.2 Atomic building blocks

1.3 Structure of ceramics

1.4 Structure of metals and alloys

1.5 Structure of polymers

1.6 Mechanical properties

1.7 Physical properties

1.8 Chemical properties

1.9 Principles of adhesion

SECTION TWO Clinical Dental Materials

2.1 Dental amalgams

2.2 Resin composites and polyacid-modified resin composites

2.3 Glass–ionomer cements and resin-modified glass–ionomer cements

2.4 Intermediate restorative materials

2.5 Enamel and dentine bonding

2.6 Endodontic materials

2.7 Impression materials

SECTION THREE Laboratory and Related Dental Materials

3.1 Models, dies and refractories

3.2 Denture base resins

3.3 Casting alloys for metallic restorations

3.4 Dental ceramics

3.5 Metal-bonded ceramics

3.6 All-ceramic restorations: high-strength core ceramics

3.7 All-ceramic restorations: resin-bonded ceramics

3.8 Luting agents

3.9 Stainless steel

Book Reviews

"Who would have thought that buying the latest textbook was almost as cool as buying the latest mobile phone?
The author, Professor Richard van Noort, lectures dental students at the University of Sheffield. As one of his students, I have been able to witness the Professor's impeccable knowledge of past, present and future dental materials. The great show of enthusiasm and passion he displays as a dental materials university lecturer mirrors ever page in his textbook.
I used the 3rd edition quite extensively and it was one of my favourite textbooks before the 4th edition came out! Besides the lack of colour, I could not think of many ways that would improve the 3rd edition but how wrong was I? The recent introduction of the 4th edition includes the addition of several mouth-watering features but the pick of the bunch has to be the introduction of an "all new on-line self-assessment module," Credit must be given to Dr Michele Barbour for her role in this new initiative. I must also commend the publishers for ensuring that the whole textbook is now "published in full colour throughout." I personally thrive on colour and was delighted to find out that there had been a significant change in the colour scheme.
All in all, this book is nothing short of amazing. It really is a must-buy for all 2nd and 3rd year dental students!"
Dental Student, University of Sheffield, Spring 2013

"There are many dental material books out there and in my opinion this has got to be the most straightforward one. I've tried reading numerous other books but they cannot compare to how this book reads - this book is pitched at the correct level.
The chapters are simple but effective. I found the schematic diagrams very helpful at demonstrating the different between particle arrangements in different dental materials. There are also chemical diagrams to demonstrate the different functional groups and their possible interactions.
My lecturer highly recommends this book and I have to echo his works. Dental material can be a very dry subject especially for students that haven’t done physics at A Level- myself included. This book is great for those who want to understand the fundamentals of the materials we work with or for those who want to read around the subject."
Dental Student, University of Birmingham, Spring 2013

"A feature likely to benefit dental students is the ‘online assessment tool’ accessed through a supplementary website, available when a code from within the book is entered. More than 500 questions can be viewed in either a ‘study mode’, where feedback and discussion is offered, or in an ‘assessment mode’ where questions are encountered under exam conditions. Both can be attempted through three levels of difficulty and are an excellent way to consolidate new found knowledge on this subject. It is an invaluable resource for an undergraduate to enhance their revision.
The book successfully covers all aspects of materials used in the profession from the safety and biocompatibility to clinician application and laboratory-based uses...The book is an extremely useful tool for dental undergraduates, covering the full curriculum on dental materials in a comprehensive and easily understood manner, aided throughout by high quality full-colour illustrations. Additionally, the book could certainly serve to benefit those sitting postgraduate exams and also more experienced clinicians seeking an aide-memoire. An Introduction to Dental Materials would be a valuable addition to the library of any dentist."
British Dental Journal, July 2013


Book details
ISBN: 9780723436591
Page Count: 250
Illustrations: Approx. 225 illustrations (5 in full color)
Retail Price: £43.99