Plastic Surgery

Glass ionomer filling

What is the Glass ionomer filling?

Glass ionomer filling is made of calcium-aluminium-fluoride-silicate and polycarboxlate acid mixed together. Fillings can be bonded to your tooth using a chemical reaction which makes the bond very strong. The filling is bonded straight onto the tooth, and no real preparation is required before you are fitted with one.

Glass ionomer filling is usually used:
- as a base or cement for other forms of fillings if the cavity is particularly big or the cavity reaches below the gum line;
- for babies and small children, no drilling or preparation is needed and so the pain is minimal
- for front teeth and areas that aren’t used to bite or chew, i.e. around the necks of the teeth.

Advantages and disadvantages of the procedure

Glass ionomer filling advantages:
- closely matches the color of your teeth;
- often no preparation is needed before you are fitted with a glass ionomer filling. This means that it is a popular choice for use when children have cavities that need filling;
- they release fluoride over time, thus strengthening your tooth and maintaining good dental health;
- they bond exceptionally well to the tooth, so preventing any further decay or leaking.

Glass ionomer filling disadvantages:
- the material is a lot weaker than other filling materials and is prone to quick wear and tear;
- although the color is close, it is not a perfect match to your original tooth color;
- it takes a long time to complete glass ionomer, treatment as each layer has to be bonded individually.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

Possible side effects and complications






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