This text serves as an introduction to the basic silence of dental materials and provides an overview of the clinical applications and rationale for using these materials. Students are given step-by step instructions on mixing and using such materials as cements, impression materials, gypsum products and acrylics. Illustrations accompany each step. Each chapter is organized according to application and indication instead of by type of material. This enables the student to understand the similarities and differences of materials for various applications. All key concepts are highlighted in boxed displays for quick access to pertinent information. Additional learning aids include behavioural objectives, chapter outlines, chapter summary, review questions and a supplemental reading list. All key terms are highlighted throughout and are also included in the glossary at the end of the text.