Clinical uses of glutaraldehyde/2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (GLUMA)

Northwest Dent. 2013 Mar-Apr;92(2):27-30.


Glutaraldehyde/2-Hydroxyethylmethacrylate (GLUMA) is a chemical frequenty used for desensitization of teeth and has other uses as suggested in the literature. Some newer recommendations have been made relative to its use during tooth preparation, as a disinfectant, rewetting during bonding, prior to cementation of crowns and bridges, and in dealing with pulpal exposures. This article will explore the science behind these and other applications for this chemical and its effect on the tooth structure and its local environment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dental Disinfectants / therapeutic use
  • Dental Materials / therapeutic use*
  • Dentin Desensitizing Agents / therapeutic use
  • Dentin-Bonding Agents / therapeutic use
  • Glutaral / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Polymethacrylic Acids / therapeutic use*
  • Pulp Capping and Pulpectomy Agents / therapeutic use


  • Dental Disinfectants
  • Dental Materials
  • Dentin Desensitizing Agents
  • Dentin-Bonding Agents
  • Polymethacrylic Acids
  • Pulp Capping and Pulpectomy Agents
  • Gluma
  • Glutaral