Sevil Gurgan was graduated from the Hacettepe University School of Dentistry, Ankara, Turkey. She recieved her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Restorative Dentistry of the same school in 1985, 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 New York 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, and the World Federation for Laser 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 2006-2011.

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 20 years.


The concepts in restorative dentistry are changing and adhesive dentistry has steadily gained in importance. Today modern operative dentistry focus is on minimal removal of tooth tissue and on application of adhesive restorative materials that possibly perform therapeutic action on demineralized dentin. During the last decades, an increasing variability of restorative materials has conquered the dental market.

Glass Ionomer Cements (GICs) are clinically attractive materials and have certain unique properties that make them useful as restorative and adhesive materials. Since their introduction in 1970s, many modifications of these materials have been performed over the years. GICs have been mainly used in children for deciduous teeth and for temporary fillings in permanent teeth. In recent years there have been significant improvements to GICs that allow them to be used for routine restorations. They can be used successfully to restore permanent teeth for Class I, II and V restorations On the other hand; they are the restorative materials of patients at high risk of caries and elderly patients in minimally invasive techniques.