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Pediatr Dent. 2002 Sep-Oct;24(5):423-9.

Glass ionomer cements in pediatric dentistry: review of the literature.

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, USA.


Glass ionomer cement systems have become important dental restorative and luting materials for use in preschoolers, children and teenagers. These materials form chemical bonds to tooth structure, are biocompatible, release fluoride ions for uptake by enamel and dentin, and are able to take up fluoride ions from dentifrices, mouthwashes, and topically applied solutions. Unlike early glass ionomers, the new cement systems are easy and practical to use. Resin-modified glass ionomer cements not only have improved physical characteristics, but the photopolymerizable resin component reduces initial hardening time substantially. This article reviews the development and history of glass polyalkenoate cement systems and their ongoing role in dentistry for children.

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