Esra CAN

She graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Dentistry in 1994 where she also attended the PhD program of Restorative Dentistry in the academic years of 1995-1999. She worked as a research assistant in Yeditepe University Faculty of Dentistry Department of Restorative Dentistry in between 2000-2002 and received her associated professorship degree in Restorative Dentistry in 2006 and her professorship degree in 2014. She was a visiting researcher in Tokyo Medical and Dental School and University of Pensylvania School of Dentistry. As a researcher she is widely published in peer reviewed journals and has presented at several international conferences. She served as a board member of the Continental European Division of IADR (CED IADR) between 2012-2017 and served as president of CED IADR for 2015-2016. Her research topics are mainly focused on adhesive dentistry, dental materials, bleaching, composite veneers, porcelain laminates, restoration of endodontically treated teeth, direct-indirect posterior restorations about what she is also giving various lectures and hands on courses. She is a member of IADR, Turkish Dental Association, Association of Dental Laser Academy, Turkish Society of Restorative Dentistry, Society of Adhesive Dentistry.

Universal Adhesives, are they the Ultimate Solution?

The main challenge for current adhesive systems in dental practice is to provide an equally effective bond to dental substrates (i.e. sound, carious, sclerotic dentin and enamel) and dental materials of different natures. In conjunction with this trend, the latest generation of adhesive systems, known as “universal” or “multi-mode” adhesives have been introduced to the dental market. The low technique sensitivity and reduced number of clinical steps of this single-step self-etch adhesives lead to time savings. Regarding the clinicians judgment, they can be used with any of the etch-rinse, self-etch or selective-etch techniques, therefore are also called “multi-mode” adhesives. Due to the ability to bond to various substrates such as ceramics, metals, light, dual and self-cure resin composites, they are also referred as “universal” and represent the latest generation of adhesives in the market. The increasing popularity of these adhesives due to their versality has called the question whether they are suitable for each clinical situation. Based on scientific literature, this presentation will address the success and limitations of universal adhesives in different clinical situations. Strategies that are nowadays available to improve bonding efficiency and durability to improve the success rate of restorative treatments will also be discussed.


Biomimetics: How close are we to the natural?


The better understanding of the biomechanical characteristics of the teeth along with the advancement in adhesive dentistry, changed the treatment approach of restorative dentistry in the direction of maximum preservation of the tooth structure with the use of biomimetic materials. Based on scientific literature, this presentation will focus on the biomimetic restorative concept and contemporary biomimetic materials for the restoration of vital and endodontically treated teeth.