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Restoration Development

We provide consultancy and testing services to support the development of your restorations.  If you are looking for mechanical testing or material selection, characterization or formulation consultancy, then our expert insight can help to accelerate and optimize your development processes.

Direct restorations

The material of choice for a direct restoration can be influenced by the type and location of the required filling.  The mechanical requirements of direct restorations are highly influential in the materials used.  Effective material selection, as well as thorough mechanical testing, can lead to the development of significantly improved end products.

Restoration materials we are often asked to work with include:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Dental amalgam
  • Tooth-colored plastics/polymers
  • Composite resin fillings and adhesives
  • Glass ionomers.

Indirect restorations and dental implants

Indirect tooth restorations play an equally important role in dental health care but face different challenges, depending on where they are applied.  Indirect dental restorations include; crowns (covering the entire chewing surface of a tooth), onlays (covering one or more cusps) and inlays (sitting in the fissures or cusps of teeth).  Dental implants are used to support one or more false teeth.  Often made from titanium, they are screwed into the jawbone and act in the same manner as a tooth root.

Some of the materials we work with for indirect restorations include:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Tooth colored composites and resins.
  • Ceramics and zirconia used in crowns, dental implants and orthodontics
  • Titanium used for dental implants.

Materials selection

Our materials expertise can help manufacturers to consider the wide range of properties and socio-economic factors when selecting materials for their restoration products.

Many dental patients must consider the financial aspects of their restoration treatment carefully.  Materials development can help to bring better quality products to those who cannot afford, while continued innovation will help to expand the number of product types available and bring down the cost of the most effective treatments.

Continued innovation also helps to expand product ranges and bring new and improved products to the top end of the market, advancing treatment quality.

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