Dental materials in pediatric dentistry.

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Dental materials for the restorative armamentarium in pediatric dental care continue to improve in esthetics and function. This review describes the application of some contemporary materials and concepts. Fluoride-releasing glass ionomers are appropriate for use as luting cements and as liners and bases. The glass ionomer cements have minimal solubility in oral fluids and possess the capability of inhibiting secondary caries. Amalgam and composite resin are effective for class II restorations, although amalgam placement is considerably less time consuming and less technique sensitive. Composite resins, particularly more highly filled resins, are appropriate for anterior restorative care. The use of ceramic glass inserts may provide strength and decrease restorative time for composite resin restorations in the future. When planning treatment for pediatric dental patients, each patient and restorative material to be used should be evaluated on an individual basis, in order to provide appropriate care within each material's limitations. Pediatric restorative dentistry involves the use of many materials. As materials improve in durability, strength, esthetics, and anticariogenic properties, the concepts of contemporary pediatric restorative dentistry change. Certainly, the traditional principles of restorative dentistry remain practical and significant in the practice of dentistry. Although these traditional concepts are extremely relevant, newer materials allow for modifications to be made during treatment planning in restorative dentistry. This review presents some newer materials and concepts and their applications in current pediatric restorative dentistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-555
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent opinion in dentistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1991
Externally publishedYes

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