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Pros and Cons of Glass Ionomer Fillings

Posted on 4/20/2016 by Fady Ebid
A diagram of how a dental filling works inside a patients jaw.If you are looking for a filling option that is discreet and less detectable than the traditional silver variety, you may have been introduced to glass ionomer. These tooth-colored fillings are great for correcting decay and tooth-wear cavities, and they are often used for filling in areas that haven't been exposed to the chewing forces.

While these facts might sound like glass ionomer fillings are a great choice for you, it is crucial that you carefully weigh the pros and cons before you decide on this type of restoration.

The Benefits of Glass Ionomer Fillings

There are a variety of great reasons to try glass ionomer fillings the next time that you have a cavity that needs to be filled. These fillings are tooth colored, making them quite discrete, and they tend to be easier to place than composite.

Another great benefit is that glass ionomer fillings are designed to slowly release fluoride into your tooth in order to strengthen it against further decay. This can reduce the chances that you'll need a repeat filling or a root canal in that tooth in the future.

Shortcomings of Glass Ionomer Fillings

If you are seriously considering glass ionomer fillings, it is important that you know about the possible shortcomings associated with this restoration:

•  Placing glass ionomer fillings can be complicated, as it is crucial that no saliva is getting into the filling prior to setting
•  Results typically don't look as attractive as composite fillings
•  Glass ionomer fillings aren't as durable as other options, so in some situations, they might not last as long

Your dentist is your ally when it comes to restoring your teeth, so please contact us about what type of fillings might be best for your teeth. If glass ionomer aren't your best choice, he can recommend other options.

Preparing For Your Visit
We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve full dental health. We ask that you complete your Patient Forms a minimum of two days prior to your scheduled appointment with Lake Pointe Dental - Marietta. This allows our front office team to fully prepare your dental insurance benefits for a comprehensive consultation.

Questions? Please feel welcome to call or email us for assistance.

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