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Javier Tapia-Guadix

Javier Tapia Guadix, DMD finished dental school at the European University of Madrid in 2003. Working then as associate professor in the prosthetics department during 2004.
In 2005 he started his career as a professional computer graphics artist, focused on illustration, animation and application development. He founded the company Juice – Dental Media Design for this purpose. He received the Collegiate Merit Award by the Spanish College of Dentists from the 1st Region in 2005, for his collaboration in the commission of new technologies.
In 2011 he founded together with Panaghiotis Bazos and Gianfranco Politano the Bio-Emulation group. He actively collaborates with several universities across Europe and is member of GC Restorative Advisory Board.
Javier works in his private practice in Madrid, focused on restorative dentistry and aesthetics. He is an international lecturer with participation in numerous congress, hands-on courses and live courses. He published several articles in restorative dentistry, dental photography and computers in dentistry.

The Bio-Emulation approach to direct composites

Understanding light interaction with tooth structures as well as proper histo-anatomic principles is essential for a better material and shade selection during direct restorative procedures. Tooth structures form a complex optical medium for light as it passes through enamel, dentino-enamel complex and dentin. Furthermore, this behaviour changes over the years as tissues change in morphology and composition. Comprehension of dynamic ageing of tooth structures is a key for success when selecting the proper value and chromaticity for restorative materials. Using the selective enamel dissolution technique, it is possible to reveal the true shape of dentin, which leads to an even better understanding of light interaction and simplification of layering techniques. The Bio-Emulation approach assesses all these histo-anatomic parameters to achieve the ultimate simplification of current techniques and the development of future technologies for restorative dentistry.

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