Fibre Reinforced Composite Resin Bridges: Hands-On Course

Date: Sep 27, 2017

Fibre Reinforced Composite Resin Bridges: Hands-On Course


This course will provide 4 hours CPD credit. Places strictly limited to 25 attendees.

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday 27th September 2017 / 12:30 pm - 5:00 om ACST
COST: $175 / $250
LOCATION: Dental Simulation Clinic - Ground Floor, Horace Lamb Building University of Adelaide
This course is presented in association with the International Association for Dental Research and GC Corporation.


The introduction of resin impregnated glass fibre reinforcing materials has made the construction and bonding of direct fibre-reinforced composite resin bridges much easier and more predictable than previous reinforcing
materials. These newer materials combine simplicity of use, good aesthetics, high fracture toughness, and a minimally invasive treatment approach, thereby providing the clinician with viable treatment options for patients
with missing teeth. The most significant advantages for patients related to cost effectiveness, conservation of tooth structure and reduced treatment time in comparison with other complex restorative procedures. Fibre-reinforced
bridges can be very successful in replacing missing anterior or posterior teeth, either as a short term solution or for longer term aesthetics and function. Bridges can be constructed directly in the mouth, fabricated chair-side or
pre-made in the laboratory providing great flexibility in techniques available.
This course will provide clinical information and a ‘hands-on’ experience with resin impregnated fibre reinforcing materials combined with a range of aesthetic and high strength composite resins. Techniques for creating aesthetic
anterior and fully functional posterior fibre reinforced bridges will be discussed and demonstrated. Participants will be able to experience using the various fibre reinforced materials and will undertake construction of direct
and semi-direct bridges. Materials handling and clinical hints and tips will be highlighted to assist in ensuring successful patient outcomes.




Pekka Vallittu has earned his degrees in Dental Technology in 1988, Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy in 1994, received Adjunct Professorship in 1995 and specialized in prosthodontics
and stomatognathic physiology (European Prosthodontic Association Recognized Prosthodontist) in 2000. Presently, he is a Full Professorship and Chair of Biomaterials Science in the Faculty of Medicine,
University of Turku, Finland and works as the Director of Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre ( He holds Honorary Professorship at the University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam
and Visiting Professorship at the King Saud University in Riayadh, Saudi Arabia. His predominating research activity on fiber-reinforced composites started from his hobby of model aircarfts and has
lasted over 30 years since early 1980´s. The first clinical applications of fiber-reinforced composites was found in clinical dentistry and thereafter in combination with bioactive component in bone surgical applications as
non-metallic bioactive implants. Pekka Vallittu has almost 500 ISI Web of Science Index original publications and over 160 internationally granted patents. He has been awarded e.g. by the Distinguished Scientiest Award in Prsthodontics
and Implant Research by the Internationational Association of Dental Research (IADR).

Professor Ian Meyers is a general dental practitioner and honorary professor at The University of Queensland School of Dentistry and James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry. He
brings over thirty five years combined experience in dental research, clinical dentistry, private practice, university and hospital based dental clinics. He is fellow of the International College of Dentists,
Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Among his previous positions are the inaugural Colgate Chair of Dental General Practice Dentistry, Chief Dental Officer for Queensland Health, and President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian
Dental Association. In 2017 he commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Dental Association (Queensland).
Thoughout his career as an academic, and as a clinical general dental practitioner, Ian Meyers has developed extensive experience in comprehensive patient care, diagnosis and management of worn and broken down dentition, geriatric
and aged care dentistry, adhesive restorative dentistry, and the management of patients through minimum intervention dentistry.