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New CE Online course guides proper usage of glass ionomers

March 19, 2012

Dr. Mennito

A popular choice for restoratives, glass ionomers are an attractive but technique-sensitive option for dentists. Now, a newly released course on ADA CE Online aims to increase dentists’ confidence with placing glass ionomers.

Properly Utilizing Glass Ionomers Restorative Materials In Your Practice is presented by Dr. Anthony S. Mennito, clinical instructor and composite course director at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.

In the course, available at, Dr. Mennito discusses strengths and weaknesses of glass ionomers and their appropriate usages and techniques. Users will earn one CE unit.

“Glass ionomers have been around a long time but have really come into vogue in the last couple of years,” said Dr. Mennito. “We’re trying to figure out how to make composites last longer, and one idea is to use glass ionomer as a substitute in places where composites can’t be used or use them along with composites.”

Glass ionomer is a good alternative to amalgam and composites in particular situations, he added, such as areas lacking moisture control.

“I think most dentists know glass ionomer is out there but they don’t know where it can be appropriately used, and how and why you do certain things in order to place one,” said Dr. Mennito. “With this course, I’m trying to dispel some myths and help dentists troubleshoot because it can be a difficult material to work with.”

The course provides an understanding of the chemistry involved in glass ionomer and case selection criteria; explains classifications of glass ionomer and proper placement techniques and more.

Designed for general dentists, specialists and dental team members, ADA CE Online features a comprehensive library of courses, automated grading and secure credit card payment. Special pricing is available to ADA members. Log on at