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Clinical Guide to Principles of Fiber-Reinforced Composites in Dentistry - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081006078, 9780081006085

Clinical Guide to Principles of Fiber-Reinforced Composites in Dentistry

1st Edition

Editors: Pekka Vallittu Mutlu Özcan
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081006078
eBook ISBN: 9780081006085
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 2nd June 2017
Page Count: 252
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Table of Contents

1. Key requirements for dental FRCs
2. Types of FRCs used in dentistry
3. Structural Properties of dental FRC devices
4. Applications of FRCs in dentistry: an overview
5. Fabrication of direct dental FRC devices
6. Fabrication of indirect dental FRC devices
7. Root canal anchoring systems
8. Periodontal and trauma splints
9. Fillings and core-built ups
10. Orthodontic retainers
11. Removable devices and maxillofacial epithesis prosthesis
12. Longevity of FRC restorations and FRC based treatment
13. Maintenance care and repair of dental restorations using FRCs


Traditional dental materials such as metals and ceramics have a number of disadvantages such as cost and the significant damage caused in grinding to make space for such reconstructions. Fiber-reinforced composites (FRCs) are a novel group of dental materials characterized by fibrous fillers that are being increasingly used in place of traditional prosthodontic materials. They allow fabrication of minimally invasive, lightweight, durable and biocompatible restorations. This book will provide clinicians and students with theoretical and clinical guidelines to use the FRCs for dental applications.

The book begins with an introduction to the fundamentals of FRCs in dentistry. Further chapters cover the treatment possibilities, fabrication and application procedures of FRCs, followed by information on care and maintenance.

Key Features

  • Explores the mechanism of function of fibre-reinforced composites
  • Presents comprehensive information on the expanding field of fibre-reinforced composites and their increasing use in dentistry


Clinicians, researchers and students involved in all disciplines of dentistry


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About the Editors

Pekka Vallittu

Pekka Vallittu

Pekka Vallittu has earned his degrees in Dental Technology in 1988, Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Philosophy in 1994; he received Adjunct Professorship in 1995, specializing in prosthodontics and stomatognathic physiology (European Prosthodontic Association Recognized Prosthodontist) in 2000. Presently, he is a Full Professor and Chair of Biomaterials Science in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Finland and works as the Director of Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre (http:// 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 the early 1980´s. The first clinical application of fiber reinforced composites was found in clinica dentistry and thereafter in combination with bioactive components in bone surgical applications as nonmetallic bioactive implants. He has more than 430 ISI Web of Science Index original publications and over 160 internationally granted patents. He has been awarded e.g. by the Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontics and Implant Research by the Internationational Association of Dental Research (IADR) and Bensow-Äyräpää Prize. He is founder of Stick Tech Ltd and Skulle Implants Corporation.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Turku, Finland

Mutlu Özcan

Mutlu Özcan

Mutlu Özcan has earned her Dentistry Licenciate in 1993 in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. med. dent. degree in 1999 in Cologne, Germany and Doctorate in Medical Sciences (PhD) in 2003 in Groningen, The Netherlands. She received full professorship for Clinical Dental Biomaterials at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in 2007. Since 2009, she is the Director of Dental Materials Division at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She also holds Honorary Professorship positions at various universities some of which are São Paolo State University (Brazil), University of Madrid (Spain), University of Florida (USA), and University of Hong Kong (China). She has authored more than 400 ISI Web of Science indexed original scientific and clinical publications, is a well-sought lecturer, receiver of several international awards, and serves for the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals. She is European Prosthodontic Association (EPA)-recognized Specialist in Prosthodontics, Honorary Secretary of the EPA, Immediate Past-President of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR)/Dental Materials Group (DMG), Fellow of Academy of Dental Materials (FADM), Fellow of International College of Dentistry (FICD), and Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, FDS RCPS (Glasgow). Her clinical expertise is on reconstructive dentistry and her scientific work focuses on translational research. She has 20 years of clinical experience with fiber-reinforced composites.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Groningen, The Netherlands and University of Zurich, Switzerland