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Amir Ćatić

Amir Ćatić was born in 1972 in Zagreb. He graduated from the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb in 1996, where he defended his master’s thesis in 1999 and his doctoral dissertation in 2005. Since 2001 he has been employed at the Department of Dental Prosthodontics, School of Dental Medicine Zagreb, UNIZG, and since 2019 serves as a full professor. He passed the specialist exam in dental prosthodontics in 2005. Since 2018, he has been employed part-time at the Clinic of Dentistry of the University Hospital Center Zagreb. 

He has actively participated in numerous international and domestic conferences through poster and oral presentations. He has published more than 110 scientific, review and professional papers in domestic and international journals. He is a co-owner of patents for bioactive TiMg composite metal (BIACOM) and PRO-Net. With his colleague Jerko Rebić he has designed and is running continuing education courses in implant prosthodontics “Enter-Insert-Control” and “Bootcamp21”, and also a series of courses named “3,2,1 Go!”. In 2019, he launched the “3D Academy for Dental Technician” in collaboration with the Callidus Adult Education Institution. He is the co-founder of the university postgraduate specialist study Dental Implantology, within which he is the head of the courses Implant Prosthodontics 1 and 2 and Implant Prosthodontics in the Elderly. 

He has received recognition and awards for his scientific work from IADR and EPA. 

From 2012 to 2016 he served as the secretary of the Croatian Society for Dental Prosthodontics, and from 2016 as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Croatian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, a member and vice-president of the Croatian Society of Dental Implantology, and several international professional and research associations. 

From 2012 to 2015, professor Ćatić was the head of the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine in Zagreb.

Choosing the building material for prosthodontirestorations – a guide for navigating through the forest among all the trees 

The unstoppable development of the dental industry in the last decade has resulted in an exponential growth in the number of building materials for prosthodontic restorations in the dental market and their significant progress in quality. This has made our work easier, but often to some extent more complex, precisely because of the new possibilities in choosing building materials. Distributors under the influence of market competition wholeheartedly promote their principles and products. This can lead to an uncritical selection of materials for different indications, but also a non-selective approach where one or two materials are used in all clinical situations regardless of their actual properties. The lecture will present a number of currently commercially available building materials for use in dental prosthodontics, their mechanical, aesthetic and biological characteristics, and their advantages and disadvantages in function according to different clinical indications.  
The development of dental medicine in terms of applying digital technologies in everyday work is swift. Therefore, special attention will be paid to the influence of analogue and digital workflow on the choice of materials. The lecture will guide the listeners in critically selecting materials according to clinical situations and current clinical workflow techniques.

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