Ivana MILETIC

Professor Ivana Miletić, DMD, PhD was born in 1971. in Zagreb. She graduated at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb in 1995. She worked off traineeship at Dental polyclinic of Zagreb. She has been working at the Department of Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb since 1996. She got her master degree in 1998., and PhD in 2000. In 2004., she passed the specialist exam in endodontics and restorative dentistry. She became an assistant professor in 2001., an associate professor in 2005., and in 2008. full professor. During 2007., she stayed at the Medical University in Graz in Austria. She participates actively in clinic and preclinical education at the School of Dental Medicine in Zagreb. She is a head of postgraduate and PhD courses at the School of Dental Medicine, and lectures on continuous educational courses for doctors of dental medicine. She is an author and co-author of more than 100 scientific, review, educative and specialized articles in extenso. She participated in writing, preparation and translation of four course books, which are teaching readings. She has been participating on many inland, European and world congresses, and has held many inland and international lectures. She speaks and writes English fluently. She is a board member of Croatian Dental Association, member of Croatian Chamber of Dental Medicine, Croatian Endodontic Society, Croatian Medical Association, European Endodontic Society, and IADR. She was a secretary of Croatian Endodontic Society, and a country representative of Croatian Endodontic Society at European Endodontic Society from 2006 to 2014. She is founder and president of Croatian Society for Minimum Intervention Dentistry from 2016.

 

Current Restorative Techniques

 

The role of the restoration placed in cavitated lesions is to help the patient in plaque biofilm control, to protect the dentine-pulp complex, and to restore the function, form and aesthetics of the tooth. Modern restorative materials for direct restoration are resin composite materials and materials based on GIC technology. The choice of materials should be guided by the caries risk of the patient, location, and extent of the lesion, lesion activity and special demands placed on the restoration. Endodontically treated teeth require special consideration for the final restoration which should have adequate retention but also ensure maximum resistance of tooth structure in order to prevent catastrophic tooth fractures. These teeth have usually been affected by either caries, repeated restorations or fracture. Moreover, such teeth are even further weakened by the endodontic procedure in order to provide optimal access to root canals. Discovery of fiber reinforced composite resin material has broaden the indications for direct restorations in posterior region due to glass fibers which are oriented in different directions and which offer reinforcement of the remaining tooth structure but may also stop the fracture line from progressing.