Use of Glass Ionomers as permanent restorative material in the posterior region

Sevil Gürgan

The audience will have an idea about the composition of GICs and their advantages, disadvantages, developments, their use as permanent restorative material. An introduction of a new GI restorative sys-tem, clinical application procedure, and the clinical success of this system will also be discussed.

Resin based composites have been used extensively over the past decade to restore posterior teeth. Many clinicians have used this class of materials in posterior stress-bearing areas quite successfully for the last five to ten years.

On the other hand, GICs are clinically attractive dental materials and have certain unique properties that make them useful as restorative and adhesive materials. Despite having advantages such as adhesion to moist tooth structure, anti cariogenic properties due to the release of fluoride, thermal compatibility with tooth enamel, biocompatibility and low toxicity, GICs suffer from low fracture toughness and a higher rate of occlusal wear compared to other restorative materials, such as amalgam and composites.

Since their introduction, many modifications have been performed over the years for GICs to represent a capable counterpart of amalgam or resin-based composites in posterior teeth.

The objective of this presentation is to discuss GICs as a restorative material on the treatment of permanent posterior teeth with their clinical applications and the limiting factors.

C.E. Credits: 1 CE
Release date: Friday, September 2, 2016
Expiration date: Monday, September 2, 2019