Mainjot Amelie

Mainjot Amelie, D.D.S., MSc., PhD |

Amélie Mainjot received her DDS degree from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 1997. From 1997 to 2000 she completed a post-graduate program in Oral Rehabilitation in the same University. In 2007 she got a Master of Science in Dental Materials Technology from Paris Descartes University (France). In 2008 she started to research in the Innovative Biomaterials and Interfaces Research Unit (URB2I) at the Paris Descartes University Dental School. In 2011 she got her PhD degree from the University of Paris 13 and from the University of Liège. From 2011 to 2014, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Dental Biomaterials at the Paris Descartes University Dental School, with which she still collaborates as an Associate researcher in the Research Unit in Innovative Biomaterials and Interfaces (URB2I). In 2014, she became a Associate Professor in Dental Biomaterials at the University of Liège. She is involved in pre-doctorate and post-doctorate education, teaching dental materials. She is the co-director of the Dental Biomaterials Research Unit (d-BRU) of the University of Liege. Her scientific interest is dental ceramics, particularly zirconia, innovative CAD-CAM composites and minimally invasive treatment strategies development, particularly using digital workflow. She has a clinical practice in esthetics and restorative dentistry as Head of Clinic in the department of Fixed Prosthodontics at the University Hospital of Liège. She lectures internationally, is an active member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and of various scientific organizations. She is the author of numerous international publications about dental materials and esthetic dentistry, and acts as a reviewer for international journals in the same field.


Frirday, December 11 (13.00)

Zirconia Materials in Prosthodontics

It has been around 20 years since zirconia appeared on the dental prostheses market thanks to developments in CAD / CAM processes. Being integrally part of the digital revolution, this very original and particular material introduced as an alternative to metal has known its heyday but also its setbacks, particularly following the identified problems of veneering ceramic chipping. Despite the failures encountered, it remains an essential material, particularly in implant prosthodontics, a field for which it has undeniable advantages over other materials, particularly in the context of new immediate loading protocols using digital technologies. Over the years, the clinical and scientific expertise accumulated have made it possible to draw certain lessons from the past and to propose a reasonable framework for its use. Currently, although there are still some question marks about this extremely technical and complex material, the criteria for the restorations’ success are increasingly better defined. Today, research focus on the study of monolithic (or “full zirconia”) prostheses and the different new zirconia generations (high translucency materials), particularly in terms of aging in the oral environment and biomechanical behavior. This lecture will give a clinical and a scientific overview of advantages and limitations of zirconia materials, it will be illustrated by successful and failed clinical cases, and will present the most recent research results.