Josette Camilleri obtained her Bachelor in Dental Surgery and Master of Philosophy in Dental Surgery from the University of Malta. She completed her 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. She is currently a senior academic at the School of Dentistry, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Her research interests include endodontic materials such as root-end filling materials and root canal sealers, with particular interest in mineral trioxide aggregate; Portland cement hydration and other cementitious materials used as biomaterials and also in the construction industry.
Josette has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and her work is cited over 4000 times. She is the 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). She is an international lecturer, a reviewer and a member of the scientific panel of a number of international journals.
Materials based on tricalcium silicate have been in clinical use since mid-1990s. Initially there was mineral trioxide aggregate which was indicated for root-end filling and repair of root perforations due to its hydraulic nature. Later the clinical uses of this material became wider and more materials were introduced on the market. The hydraulic calcium silicate cements are used for a wide range of clinical applications including root-end filling, perforation repair, for treatment of root resorptions, apexification procedures, pulp capping, pulpotomy, regenerative endodontics and root canal obturation. The newer generation materials claim improved properties and clinical success.
This lecture overviews the hydraulic calcium silicates available on the market, their main features and strengths. Taking all the factors into consideration the evidence available for the claims will presented. A clear distinction between the different materials and their specific uses and indications will be given.