Gutta Percha


Chemical information

Gummi Plasticum; Gutapercha; Gutt. Perch.


In US.

USP 31

(Gutta Percha). The coagulated, dried, purified latex of the trees of the genera Palaquium and Payena and most commonly Palaquium gutta (Sapotaceae). It occurs in lumps or blocks of variable size; externally brown or greyish-brown to greyish-white in colour; internally reddish-yellow or reddishgrey and having a laminated or fibrous appearance. It is flexible but only slightly elastic. Has a slight, characteristic odour. Insoluble in water; partly soluble in carbon disulfide, in turpentine oil, and in benzene; about 90% soluble in chloroform. Store under water. Protect from light.


Gutta percha has been used in various dressings. In dentistry, gutta percha has been used as a filling material and as the basis of compounds for taking dental impressions.
Published May 08, 2019.