Dr. Taiseer Sulaiman, Chapel Hill, NC


Since the introduction of monolithic zirconia as a full contour indirect restorative material in 2010, there have been three generations of this restorative material. Manufactures and researchers are aiming to introduce a zirconia material with properties that can combine strength and translucency. This presentation will cover an in-depth overview of the different zirconia generations and what a clinician should understand about each generations’ mechanical and optical properties that will aid in the selection process when prescribing zirconia restorations. The most recent cementing protocols for monolithic zirconia restorations will also be discussed. Finally, what is the clinical-based evidence recently reported in the literature on monolithic zirconia restorations and can an alternative laboratory survey method provide useful information on zirconias’ current clinical status.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Establishing criteria for zirconia material selection. Monolithic versus layered restorations.
  2. Defining the three zirconia generations. Recommendations for clinical success.
  3. Zirconia survivability, and an introduction of a retrospective approach. Is this useful knowledge?

Bio: Taiseer Sulaiman-DDS, PhD, is the director of the division of Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he gained his clinical certificate in Operative Dentistry and completed his PhD in Dental Materials from the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomaterial Sciences from the University of Turku in Finland in collaboration with the Department of Operative Dentistry, University of North Carolina. Dr. Sulaiman is a clinician and a researcher hoping to bridge gaps between dental research and clinical application. Dr. Sulaiman’s research focus is on dental ceramics, adhesion, cements, color and appearance in dentistry and biomimetics. He is a member of numerous academies including the IADR/AADR, Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He has lectured on numerous national and international stages and serves as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed dental journals.