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Over the last 30 years, restorative dentistry has gone through remarkable changes. Focus has become on minimal removal of tooth tissue and on application of adhesive restorative materials that perform therapeutic actions on demineralized dentin. Marked changes in the use of restorative materials have also occurred during the last years and biomaterials designed for treatment of carious lesions have been introduced into clinical use. Direct restorations have been largely employed to restore posterior teeth due to their low cost and less need for removal of sound tooth substance when compared to indirect restorations, as well as to their acceptable clinical performance.
Today, composite resins are regarded as the first-choice restorative materials for the restoration of posterior teeth because of the face down of amalgam in many countries due to the its allergic and toxic potential upon mercury release. The long term clinically and micro morphologically examined performance of composite resin restorations in posterior teeth revealed the advantages and disadvantages of these tooth-colored restorative materials.

Glass Ionomers have also become considered as permanent restorative material for the restoration of posterior teeth in daily dental practice. They are esthetically more attractive than metallic restorations and less expensive than composite resins. Acceptable longevity of composite resins has been shown in long-term retrospective and longitudinal prospective evaluations. Despite the expanding use of glass Ionomers as permanent restorative material for posterior restorations since 2007, few longitudinal prospective studies have reported findings over 6 years. It is reasonable to expect adequate evidence of biological safety, clinical efficacy and longevity of new restoration techniques. Thus, the aim of this presentation is to discuss the long-term durability of composite resins and GIass Ionomers in the restoration of posterior teeth.

Sevil Gurgan was graduated from the Hacettepe University School of Dentistry, Ankara, Turkey, got her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Restorative Dentistry of the same school and became Associate Professor in 1988 and Professor in 1995. She had been as a visiting Professor at the New York University School of Dentistry in 1995 and at the Tufts University School of Dentistry in Boston in 2005.
She is an active member of International Association for Dental Research and member of Nominating Committee, board Member of International Association for Dental Research Continental European Division (2009-2012), board member of the European Academy of Operative Dentistry, member of Academy of Operative Dentistry. She acted as the vice President of Hacettepe University between 2008-2012 and head of the Department of Restorative Dentistry of the Dental Faculty between 2005-2011. Currently she is professor at the same department. She has several articles published on dental materials and dental bleaching and has been giving lectures and courses in national and international congresses and meetings for more than 25 years.