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Northwest Dent. 2008 Nov-Dec;87(6):13-9.

The therapeutic use of glass ionomer.

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  • 1Department of Restorative Sciences, Division of Operative Dentistry, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA.


This article will review the physical properties of glass ionomer restorative materials, their gingival reaction, and their mechanisms of therapeutic action. A description will be given of how glass ionomer materials affect bacteria, and its effectiveness at preventing secondary, or marginal, caries. A summary of in vivo performance, together with descriptions of therapeutic clinical applications and recharging with fluoride to improve clinical performance of glass ionomer restorations will be presented.

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