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2. Raw substances that a company uses to make its product. For example, an oil refinery's material is crude oil, which it makes into refined oil.


Of sufficient importance or relevance as to have possible significant influence on an outcome. For example, the possibility that a firm might lose its right to operate a number of television stations because competitors have filed with the Federal Communications Commission for those licenses would be a material fact in preparing the firm's financial statements. Compare immaterial.
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Alginate impression materials are regulated by ISO 1563:1990 and their properties are described in ANSI/ ADA specification no.
He recommends the placement of four tissue stops (2 mm in width located in molar and cuspid regions which should extend from palatal aspect of the ridge to the mucobuccal fold) and one vent hole in the incisive papilla region before making the final impression with the metallic oxide impression material (Figure 3) [7].
The assistant would have trimmed the impression material within the tray as needed to remove obstructions to closing.
There are a number of possible causes for dimensional changes in elastomeric impression materials.
Dimensional changes in impression materials may arise from many possible causes, such as contraction due to syneresis, imbibition when exposed to water or a high-humidity environment, or incomplete recovery from deformation due to viscoelastic behavior.
used three types of impression materials to record the definitive mandibular impression:
Alginate impression materials are required to have a certain degree of viscosity to flow to all areas of oral cavity.
Properties of impression materials relevant to triple tray impression success
Dimensional change over time of extended-storage alginate impression materials.
Dental alginate impression materials contain a blend of several ingredients to impart desirable properties during its use in clinical conditions.
However, studies have concluded that the difference between two stage putty/wash impression technique and one stage putty/wash impression technique is not clinically significant and also accuracy depends on the impression materials used rather than the technique (13,15,16,17,18,19,20).