Dr. Ana Elashvili, Chair of the Division of Operative Dentistry attended dental school in Tbilisi, Georgia. Originally her plans were to become a pediatric dentist like her mother, but her studies took her to Iowa where she learned that she had a passion for esthetic, direct restorations in operative dentistry. Dr. Elashvili completed her masters at the University of Iowa and for her master’s project, she investigated how interactive learning in the pre-clinical setting impacted student learning and see if their integrated, interactive learning transferred into their psychomotor skills in simulation clinic. At CU, Dr. Elashvili is striving to improve student learning in the pre-clinical setting that can translate into our student clinics. A new course developed this year by Dr. Elashvili in collaboration with Dr. Barizon and Dr. Carey will introduce the use of extracted teeth where students will learn caries removal, glass ionomer restorations, sealants, preventive resin restorations and enamel/dentin bonding on human extracted teeth. This new course will also be a new platform for student research. New project ideas include testing marginal leakage, bond strength, and recurrent caries prevention. Extracted teeth prepared and restored by students can then be used in the laboratory setting for further analysis. Please contact Dr. Elashvili for more details on how you can be involved in restorative and operative dental research.
Dr. Elashvili is also Chair for the ADEA Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials section. She will be attending the ADEA annual meeting where she took part in organizing section program on learning caries management decision-making through proper diagnosis and risk assessment.
When asked if she had any advice for her students, she urged students to have a goal. “If you don’t try, you won’t know, time goes fast and it’s amazing how much you receive if you put in the effort” Because in the end, you can treat your patients only as much as you know. Use your knowledge to better treat your patients.