Dentine replacement strategies  

Traditionally calcium hydroxide has been used as a pulp capping material and dentine replacement was performed using glass ionomers or other materials to replace the dentine in bulk. The main shortcoming with the use of calcium hydroxide as pulp capping material is the material inherent weakness and solubility. The material is water-based and thus it cannot be etched and bonded making restoration with resin composites difficult. Newer materials have been developed which are either resin-based and thus light curable or water-based with enhanced characteristics. These materials are easier to use and are can potentially replace the calcium hydroxide as a pulp capping material. This lecture will look at the classical pulp capping methodology and the newer hydraulic calcium silicate cements used for pulp capping.

Dra. Josette Camilleri

  • Bachelor in Dental Surgery and Master of Philosophy in Dental Surgery from the University of Malta.
  • Doctoral degree, supervised by the late Professor Tom Pitt Ford, at Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London.
  • She has worked at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta and at the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Surgery, University of Malta, Malta.
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Specialty Dentist at the School of Dentistry, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • Visiting professor at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran and University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
  • Josette has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and her work is cited over 6000 times.
  • In 2018, she has been awarded the Louis Grossman prize by the French Endodontic Society and is the only female recipient of this prestigious award.
  • Editor of Mineral trioxide aggregate. From preparation to application published by Springer in 2014.
  • She is a contributing author to the 7th edition of Harty’s Endodontics in Clinical Practice (Editor: BS Chong) and Glass ionomer cements in Dentistry (Editor: SK Sidhu).
  • Associate editor of Scientific Reports (Nature), a reviewer and a member of the scientific panels of a number of international journals and also an international lecturer.