Dr. Josette Camilleri



         Professor Josette Camilleri obtained her Bachelor in Dental Surgery and Master of Philosophy in Dental Surgery from the University of Malta. She completed her doctoral  degree,  supervised  by  the  late  Professor  Tom  Pitt  Ford,  at  Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London. She  has  worked  at  the  Department  of  Civil  and  Structural  Engineering, Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta and is currently Associate
Professor at the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Surgery, University of Malta. Her research interests include endodontic materials such as root-end filling materials and root canal sealers, with particular interest in mineral trioxide aggregate; Portland cement hydration and other cementitious materials used as biomaterials and also in the construction industry.

        Josette  has  published  over  90  papers  in  peer-reviewed  international journals  and  her  work  is  cited  over  3800  times.  She  is  the  Editor  of Mineral trioxide  aggregate.  From  preparation  to  application published  by  Springer  in 2014.  She  is  a  contributing  author  to  the  7th edition of Harty’s  Endodontics  in  Clinical  Practice (Editor:  BS  Chong)  and Glass  ionomer  cements  in  Dentistry(Editor: SK Sidhu). She is an international lecturer, a reviewer and a member of the  scientific  panel  of  a  number  of  international  journals  including  Scientific Reports  (Nature), Journal  of  Endodontics,  Cement  and  Concrete  Composites, Clinical Oral Investigation, Dental Materials, Journal of Dental Research, Journal of  Biomedical  Materials  Research  Parts  A  and  B,  Journal  of  Dentistry,  Acta Odontologica Scandinavica and Acta Biomaterialia. 



                                    A paradigm shift. Is this necessary in root canal obturation?

     The purpose of root canal obturation is to prevent infection or re-infection of the root canal space; thus allowing the root treated tooth to remain as a functional unit in the dentition. Microleakage assessment has been the best indication for many years to assess the quality of root canal obturation. A ‘hermetic’ seal was considered to be necessary for a success root canal treatment outcome. There have been several developments with regard to root canal obturation techniques and materials, introduced with the aim of achieving improved quality root fillings and a better clinical outcome. Hydraulic tricalcium silicate-based sealers have been introduced and these materials have different properties to the classical root canal sealers. The presentation will review the material properties and the obturation techniques suggested for hydraulic sealers attempting to address whether a paradigm shift is necessary for root canal obturation.