Prof. Dr. Sevil Çiftçi Gürgan


The primary objectives of minimum intervention dentistry (MID) are to prevent or arrest active disease using non-operative management techniques. However, patients commonly present with cavitated caries lesions or failed restorations that are in need of operative intervention. Although much of clinical practice is devoted to preventing and managing the effects of caries and subsequent failure of the tooth-restoration complex, the clinical survival of restorations is often poor and becomes significantly worse as they increase in size and complexity. Minimally invasive (MI) restorative techniques present a range of well-documented advantages over more tissue-destructive traditional restorations by minimizing unnecessary tooth tissue loss, insult to the dentine-pulp complex and reducing the risk of iatrogenic damage to adjacent hard and soft tissues. They also maximize the strength of the residual tooth structure by use of optimal adhesive restorative materials designed to restore function and aesthetics with durable, long-lasting restorations that are easy for the patient to maintain. In contemporary oral healthcare practice, if patients are to give valid consent for operative interventions, minimally invasive options must be offered, and may be expected to be the first choice of fully informed patients. This presentation describes concepts of MID and provides an update of the latest materials and clinical techniques that are available for the minimally invasive restoration of teeth with direct restorations.

Sevil Gurgan was graduated from the Hacettepe University School of Dentistry, Ankara, Turkey and got her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Restorative Dentistry of the same school. She became Associate Professor in 1988 and Professor in 1995. She had been as a visiting Professor at the New York University School of Dentistry in New York in 1995 and at the Tufts University School of Dentistry in Boston in 2005.
She is an active member of International Association for Dental Research. She acted as member of Nominating Committee, board member of International Association for Dental Research Continental European Division between 2008-2012, board member of the European Academy of Operative Dentistry and member of Academy of Operative Dentistry. She was Vice President of Hacettepe University between 2008-2012 and head of the Department of Restorative Dentistry of the Dental School between 2005-2011.
Currently she is professor at the same department and acting also a member of Board of Trustees of TED University in Ankara. She has several publications on dental materials and dental bleaching and has been giving lectures and courses in national and international congresses and meetings for more than 30 years.