Monthly Free Webinar – Sustainable Smiles: The Innovation of Biomimetic Restorative Dentistry.

Course Objective:

The webinar aims to address the emerging concept of environmentally sustainable dental practices, which have garnered increased attention in recent times. The dental profession plays a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life and general well-being through oral health while striving for a more sustainable healthcare system with a reduced carbon footprint. Despite the introduction of various sustainable strategies by healthcare communities globally, awareness among dental practitioners regarding this crucial subject remains low.

The following topics will be covered:

👉 Importance of Eco-friendly Dentistry: Explore the significance of environmentally sustainable dental practices and the responsibility of practitioners. 

👉 Biomimetic Restorative Dentistry Protocols: Understand the introduced protocols and their role in creating long-lasting, natural dental restorations. 

👉 Strategies for Low Carbon Footprint: Learn practical approaches to maintain a low carbon footprint in dental practices, reducing environmental impact. 

👉 Conservation of Natural Teeth: Discover how biomimetic dentistry aims to save natural teeth, contributing to overall sustainability in dental care. 

👉 Fiber Applications in Endodontics: Explore the use of fibers in conservatively restoring endodontically treated teeth, supported by scientific papers and clinical cases. 

👉 Clinician’s Role in Awareness: Understand the clinician’s role in raising awareness about sustainable dental practices, with a focus on biomimetic dentistry. 

👉 Bridging Knowledge to Sustainability: Connect existing knowledge of Biomimetic Restorative Dentistry protocols to their application for sustainable dental restorations.



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Dr. Sema Belli CV:

She graduated from Marmara University, Istanbul, Türkiye with DDS, and received her PhD degree in Department of Operative Dentistry from Selçuk University, Konya, Türkiye. Her supervisor was Prof. Dr. F. Fusun Ozer. Dr. Belli founded Department of Endodontics in Faculty of Dentistry and worked as a chair for more than 10 years.

She worked at Tokyo Medical and Dental University with Dr. Junji Tagami, Dr. Shigehisa Inokoshi and Dr. Hidehiko Sano. During her stay in Tokyo, she had chance to meet Dr. Takao Fusayama and visit Dr. Nobuo Nakabayashi in his own office. She had chance to collaborate with Dr. Nikaido, Dr. Shimada, Dr. Otsuki, Dr. Yamada, Dr. Yoshikawa, Dr. Nakaoki, Dr. Ogata and Dr. Perreira.
She learned micro tensile test method in Japan and immediately after her return, she opened the first mechanical research laboratory in her faculty with the help of her colleagues from the dental school. Selçuk University, Dental Faculty laboratory was the first laboratory where micro tensile test could be done in Türkiye.

She learned how to create fiber reinforced fixed partial dentures, polyethylene fiber build-ups and fiber splints directly from Dr. Inokoshi by assisting him in TMDU Clinics. Dr. Shigehisa Inokoshi introduced her to Dr. Ray Bertolotti and Dr. David Rudo.
She had her first Ribbond set directly from Dr. Rudo during 1998 IADR Nice, France Meeting. That was an unforgettable moment for her.

Dr. Belli worked with Dr. H. Pashley in Medical College of Georgia, US about adhesion of dental materials and bonding to the endodontic surfaces. Dr. Pashley helped her to have a micro tensile tester and fluid filtration test device for leakage studies to be used in her faculty research laboratory.

She had chance to work with Dr. Franklin Tay during her stay in US. Dr. Pashley continuously helped Dr. Belli regarding her laboratory needs and about research. His tips and tricks about writing paper, doing research, preparing conferences and about life were always very much appreciated. Since then, hundreds of studies have been carried out in Selçuk University Dental Faculty and international articles have been published.

Dr. Belli has published and lectured extensively on dental composites, adhesives, glass or polyethylene fiber-reinforcement restorations, conservative restoration of extensive cavities, restoration of endodontically treated teeth, post and core restorations, finite elemental stress analysis, bonding to the endodontic surfaces, biomimetic dentistry, stress reduced restorations of root-filled teeth (by using fibers) and biocompatibility of dental materials. She lectured about fiber-reinforced composite restorations during 2007 and 2011 European Society of Endodontics Meetings (ESE). These lectures were the first lectures about ‘Stress-reduced restorations by using fibers’ in ESE Meetings.

She always collaborated with Dr. David Alleman, Dr. Simon Deliperi, Dr. Grant Chyz, Dr. Wistasp Karbhari and Dr. Gürcan Eskitaşcıoğlu and she always thought it was a chance to be close to these precious colleagues.
Dr. Belli worked as a board member at Continental European Division of IADR (CED-IADR) (2017-2021) and organized workshops to the young researchers about ‘Tips and tricks for (Oral/Poster) presentations’ with Dr. Imad About. She chaired and organized CED-IADR Awards during her duty.

Dr. Belli also worked as board member at Turkish Endodontic Society and at Advanced Technologies Center of Selçuk University (İLTEK). She worked as ERASMUS Coordinator of Dental Faculty for more than 10 years.

Now she is a full time professor in Faculty of Dentistry, Selçuk University and board member at Scientific Research Projects Center (BAP) of the University.  

Upcoming Event on July 13th - Exploring Dental Materials: Shrinkage Stress & Mechanical Properties- Dr. Nate Lawson