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Glass Ionomer Restorative Cement Systems: An Update

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Glass ionomer cements have been used in pediatric restorative dentistry for more than two decades. Their usefulness in clinical dentistry is preferential to other materials because of fluoride release from the glass component, biocompatibility, chemical adhesion to dentin and enamel, coefficient of thermal expansion similar to that of tooth structure, and versatility. The purpose of this paper was to review the uses of glass ionomer materials in pediatric dentistry, specifically as pit and fissure sealants, dentin and enamel replacement repair materials, and luting cements, and for use in glass ionomer/resin-based composite stratification tooth restoration (the sandwich technique). This article can also be used as a guide to research and clinical references regarding specific aspects of the glass ionomer systems and how they are used for young patients.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle, Wash., USA. [email protected] 2: Pediatric dentist in private practice, Doylestown, Pa., USA; Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Washington School of Dentistry, USA; Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2015

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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