Five things you need to know about glass ionomers
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Part of our five-part e-book series on direct restorations, courtesy of 3M:
Amalgam fillings have been around for almost two centuries, and they are the go-to restoration material for good reason – they are easy to place and reliable, among other virtues. But they left a lot to be desired, esthetically speaking. Composites helped with the esthetics problem, giving teeth a natural, smooth, unblemished look, but they are notoriously finicky. Their challenges include polymerization shrinkage, postoperative sensitivity, and demand perfection and technique proficiency of clinicians. Glass ionomers address the shortcomings of both – and more.
  • The best uses for glass ionomers
  • Glass ionomers vs. resin composites
  • Types of Glass Ionomers
  • Pediatric use