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Quintessence Int. 2015 Sep;46(8):699-705. doi: 10.3290/j.qi.a34179.

Report on the clinical technique of thermo-curing glass-ionomer sealant.


Controversy exists regarding the general safety of resin sealants and in particular their use in children, due to the possible leaching of non-polymerized monomers including bisphenol A. A thermally cured high-viscosity glass-ionomer cement (GIC) is suggested as a first-choice sealant material. An innovative approach of thermo-curing the GIC during placement is presented. The step-by-step clinical procedure and rationale for the biomimetic thermo-cured glass-ionomer fissure sealant are introduced and described. A thermally cured GIC sealant may provide long-term caries protection to fissures and pits without the need to maintain and reseal. GICs are both biocompatible and biomimetic resulting in formation of fluorapatite, the ultimate protection against dental caries.

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