Irena Sailer

Irena Sailer

Irena Sailer, D.D.S.


Irena Sailer received her Dr. med. dent. Degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tübingen, Germany, in 1998. In 2003 Dr. Sailer became an assistant professor at the Clinic of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Sciences in Zurich, and since 2010 she has been an associate professor at the same clinic. Since 2013 she has been the Head of the Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Biomaterials at the University of Geneva.

In 2007 Dr. Sailer was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics, Dental College, New York University. Additionally, since 2009 she holds an adjunct associate professorship at the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Robert Schattner Center, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She is a Specialist for Prosthodontics in the Swiss Society for Reconstructive Dentistry and was awarded a Certificate in Oral Implantology by the Swiss Society for Dentistry. From 2002 to 2012 Irena Sailer received nine research grants, and in 2008 she and John L. Ricci were granted a patent for metallic dental implants and prosthetic appliances having colored ceramic surfaces.

Fixed Reconstructions Today: New Materials and New Technology-Improved Outcomes


There is an increasing use of ceramic materials for fabricating tooth-and implant-supported reconstructions. Advantages of all-ceramic materials over the traditional metal ceramics include their tooth-resembling color and enamel-like translucency. The main limitation of ceramics is their brittleness which presents a fracture risk. To reduce this risk, ceramics with increased stability such as high-strength ceramic zirconia tooth and implant reconstructions have been developed.

For the processing of zirconia, numerous CAD/CAM manufacturing procedures are available today. For these fabrication procedures, clinical and technical factors (tooth preparation, design of the abutment or framework, and cementation) are important for the clinical long-term success of ceramic reconstructions. With the aid of these new materials, recent treatments, allow for comprehensive restorative patient care.

Learning objectives include today’s treatment concepts and indications, the most suitable type of restoration and material, preparation and cementation guidelines, and the benefits and limitations of digital dentistry.

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