The Future of Glass-ionomers

  • Joshua J. CheethamEmail author


As the use and acceptance of glass-ionomer cement (GIC) increase, the scientific community will endeavour to improve current limitations due to their relatively low physical properties compared to other materials. This chapter discusses a range of future improvements in glass-ionomer cements which will increase their longevity and allow them to be used in place of other materials such as the widely used amalgam.

To improve their material properties, many paths can be investigated. New glass filler systems, including a variety of additions, modifications and pre-reacted GIC filler particles, and their effect on physical properties are detailed in this chapter. Other categories of filler particles, including spherical particles, glass fibre reinforcement and nanoparticle developments, as well as their effect on improving GIC properties such as fracture toughness, wear and other physical and aesthetic properties are documented.

Technologies utilising GIC materials as controlled-release vehicles for different materials are discussed. The importance of new mechanisms, such as self-healing technologies and self-cleaning glass technology, is documented in efforts to improve the longevity of GICs and their physical properties. Novel polymer networks, developed for improvements in strength and other properties, and technologies related to porosity reduction, methods to improve fracture toughness and improvements in adhesion durability are also be provided. Future delivery systems provide the user with an insight of what could be the new delivery systems of GICs. Important avenues for the improvement of GIC wear properties, and improvements in aesthetic properties are discussed.

Other topics focus on the future use of GIC participating in pharmacological approaches to caries reduction and restorative dentistry and include biomineralisation and biopromoting improvements, biofilm alterations, the antimicrobial/bioprotection properties of GICs and the possibility of antibiotic additions.


Glass ionomer cement Future Biomineralisation Wear Delivery systems Nanoparticle Controlled-release vehicle Self-healing Fracture toughness 


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  1. 1.Department of Research and DevelopmentSDI LimitedBayswaterAustralia

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