CDE: [Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Lecture Series] – Current Concepts in Fixed Prosthodontics

Dec, 2019
12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Penn Dental Medicine
William W.M. Cheung Auditorium

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Lunch provided
Cost: Free; Registration is required for CE credit.
CE Credits: 1.0 lecture credits


Digital impressions and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) of restorations steadily gain in importance within restorative dentistry. One of the factors raising the attractiveness of computerized procedures is the high variety of new restorative materials which were introduced for the computerized manufacturing.

High strength ceramics, lithium-disilicate glass-ceramics or non-precious alloys are already well established as restorative materials. New hybrid materials like e.g. nano-ceramics even promise to be long-lasting, highly esthetic and less costly. They can be used in the monolithic stage, and processed chairside in the dental practice. An increase in the application of these monolithic tooth- and/or implant- borne restorations can be observed in daily clinical practice. Still, the literature on their outcomes is very scarce.

One advantage of the monolithic over the traditionally veneered reconstructions may be a reduced risk for chipping. Another possible benefit may be a better cost – benefit ratio. The lecture will critically evaluate the possibilities that the new materials and associated technologies offer and will offer selection criteria for daily clinical practice.

Educational Objectives

  • learn about today’s material options – ceramics, hybrid materials, and more
  • learn about the benefits and the shortcomings veneered and monolithic reconstructions, and their indications
  • learn about the recent developments of digital impressioning and CAD/CAM


Prof. Irena Sailer, DMD
Chair, Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Biomaterials at the University of Geneva
Honorary Skou Professor, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Prof. Dr. med. dent., Irena Sailer received her dental education and Dr. med. dent. degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tübingen, Germany in 1997/ 1998. In 2003 Dr. Sailer received an Assistant Professorship at the Clinic of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Sciences in Zurich. From 2010 on she was an Associate Professor at the same clinic. In 2007 Dr. Sailer was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics, Dental College, New York University, USA. Additionally, since 2009 she holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship at the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Robert Schattner Center, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (Head: Prof. Dr. M.B. Blatz).

Since September 2013 she is the Head of the Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Biomaterials at the University of Geneva. In 2019 Irena Sailer received an Honorary Skou Professorship of digital dental technologies, fixed and implant prosthodontics and biomaterials at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Irena Sailer is a Specialist for Prosthodontics (Swiss Society for Reconstructive Dentistry), and holds a Certificate of focussed activities in Dental Implantology (WBA) of the Swiss Society for Dentistry.

She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the European Association of Osseointegration (EAO), and of the Swiss Society of Reconstructive Dentistry. Furthermore, she is a member of the Education Committee of the International Team for Implantology (ITI).

Irena Sailer is an Active Member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED) and an Active Fellow of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (GNYAP).

Since beginning of 2019 Irena Sailer is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Prosthodontics. She is also the author or co-author of more than 100 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts, 6 book chapters and the monograph “Color in dentistry – a clinical guide to predictable esthetics” together with Dr. Stephen Chu, Dr. Rade Paravina and Mr. Adam Mieleszko (Quintessence publishing). She holds several patents on esthetic coatings of dental/ medical devices, and on a digital dental splint.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.