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GC and PH2OH featured at ADHA in Nashville, Tenn

AT Stills Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH) is collaborating with GC America to enhance technologies that continue to improve overall health and wellness.  ASDOH has launched a new application called PH2OH (pH of Oral Health). The PH2OH App measures and records the pH of saliva, which is known to play an important role in maintaining good oral health. The goal of bring together ASDOH’s technology and GC America’s innovative oral health products is to continue to support the vitality and well-being of people all over the world.

 

AT Still/ASDOH and GC showcased booths at the 2015 American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.  ASDOH’s PH2OH booth was at the Innovation Center in collaboration with GC America, a major partner with the purpose of enhancing technologies that continue to improve overall health and wellness. Misty Hyman, American Olympic swimming gold medalist, joined ASDOH as a health and wellness ambassador. She chatted and interacted with attendees while they learned about the technology initiatives.

 

Supporters of Text2Floss convene at the Text2Floss booth.

Supporters of PH2OH, including gold medalist Misty Hyman, convene at the PH2OH booth.    

Annette Scheive from GC on the left and Misty Hyman, Olymic Gold Medalist on the right at the ADHA

Annette Scheive from GC on the left and Misty Hyman, Olymic Gold Medalist on the right at the ADHA.

 

ASDOH and GC were proud to be participants in the Innovation Center at this year’s ADHA!

Product Review: Master our latest specialized veneering ceramic- Initial LiSi

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Do you want to know what it’s like to use GC’s Initial LiSi product? Joshua Polansky, dental technician and owner of Niche Dental Studio, recently tested Initial LiSi on a number of cases and was surprised by the results. This is what he had to say:

Here are five reasons why you should consider GC Initial LiSi:

  1. Superior natural aesthetics, specially designed and adapted to the light dynamics of lithium disilicate frameworks
  2. Low firing temperature and exactly cross-matched coefficients of thermal expansion with high stability, even after multiple firings
  3. Comprehensive shade and layering system
  4. Simple handling and short learning curve
  5. Quick, aesthetic and economical results

 

If you are interested in using Initial LiSi yourself, why not take advantage of our two-week promotion?

Buy 1 Initial LiSi Advanced Set, Get 1 Initial LiSi Basic Set FREE! ($702 Retail Value)

Offer valid from 5/11/2015 – 5/25/2015

 

Inside the GC Initial LiSi Basic Set

Fulfills the need of the minimal layering technique on top of the LiSi frame.

  • 6 main Vita(TM) shades (all 16 Vita (TM) shades available as refills)
  • 1 Bleach Shade
  • Enamels & Translucent
  • Modeling Liquid
  • Printed Shade Guide
  • Technique Guide

Inside the GC Initial LiSi Advanced Set

Fulfills the need of the more elaborate aesthetic layering technique on top of the LiSi frame.

  • Insides
  • Fluo dentines
  • Enamel opalescent
  • Cervical translucent
  • Modelling liquid
  • Printed shade guide

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Webinar: Incorporating Minimally Invasive Techniques into your Office Treatment Protocols

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GC America is proud to have created a library of online, on demand webinars by leading experts on a range of dental topics which is accessible to dental professionals who are looking to broaden their skills, improve their product techniques while earning CE credits.

If you would like to enhance your knowledge, or that of your team members, on the topic of minimally invasive techniques, we recommend the following 1 hour webinar presented by Daniel Ward, DDS. The presentation title is Less is More – Incorporating Minimally Invasive Techniques into your Office Treatment Protocols and can be streamed online at no cost, worth 1 CE Credit.

During the webinar Dr. Ward discusses:

  • Non-invasive remineralization techniques
  • Calcium phosphate products that patients can use at home to remineralize or reduce rampant decay
  • How to use glass ionomer materials for successful restorative procedures

About the presenter

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Dr Daniel H Ward is an Assistant Clinical Professor at The Ohio State University and in private practice in Columbus, Ohio. He has lectured at the Post-Graduate Program in Esthetic Dentistry at the University of Minnesota, SUNY Buffalo, UMKC, and the University of Florida and served as chief examiner. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, fellow of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, and a fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr Ward has lectured throughout the world. He has published numerous articles about smile design, posterior composites, glass ionomer materials and digital dental photography. He has developed an innovative computerized method of smile design called the RED Proportion. An innovative pioneer, Dr Ward combines theory with practical real world experience.

About MI Paste and MI Paste Plus

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MI Paste and MI Paste Plus by GC America are the only products for professional use containing the active ingredient RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP), a special milk-derived protein that has a unique ability to release bio-available calcium and phosphate (and fluoride in MI Paste Plus) to tooth surfaces. Since their introduction to the dental market, MI Paste and MI Paste Plus have become essential products in many dental practices who are focused on preventive care and minimum intervention dentistry.

MI Paste Plus offers the same benefits of MI Paste, but is enhanced with a patented form of fluoride (900 ppm). Both products are safe and easy-to-use both in office and at-home and are both available in five delicious flavors: melon, mint, strawberry, tutti-frutti and vanilla.

To view the on-demand webinar at no cost, simply click this link:

Less is More – Incorporating Minimally Invasive Techniques into your Office Treatment Protocols

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Webinar: Using Fluoride Varnish for Improved Patient Outcomes

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GC America is proud to have created a library of online, on demand webinars by leading experts on a range of dental topics which is accessible to dental professionals who are looking to broaden their skills, improve their product techniques while earning CE credits.

If you would like to enhance your knowledge, or that of your team members, on the topic of fluoride varnish, we can recommend the following 1 hour webinar presented by Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD. The presentation title is Fluoride Varnish: Improving Patient Satisfaction and Office Production and can be streamed online at no cost, worth 1 CE Credit.

During the tutorial Dr Maragliano-Muniz discusses the what, why and how of fluoride varnish:

  • What is fluoride varnish?
  • Why should I use fluoride varnish?
  • How do I incorporate it into my practice?

About the presenter

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Dr Maragliano-Muniz is a prosthodontist and earned her certificate from the UCLA School of Dentistry after obtaining her DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr Maragliano-Muniz is also a former dental hygienist: she earned her BSDH degree from Northeastern University and the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists. She maintains a private practice in Salem, MA and she is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Since being awarded the 2010 Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year by the American Dental Association, Dr Maragliano-Muniz lectures nationally. She has recent publications that discuss Implementing CAMBRA in the private practice and the clinical effects of CAMBRA on root surfaces.

Dr Maragliano-Muniz maintains professional memberships with the following organizations: American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, American College of Prosthodontists, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Education Association

About MI Varnish

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MI Varnish, a topical fluoride varnish containing Recaldent™. Recaldent™ also known as casein phosphopeptide – amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP), is a milk-derived protein that enhances the tooth surfaces with calcium, phosphate and fluoride. These ingredients, along with 5% sodium fluoride, make MI Varnish a reliable solution for the treatment of all hypersensitivities related to dentin exposure.

Due to its powerful effect, MI Varnish benefits patients of all ages and caries risk profile. MI Varnish is the only varnish in the market that contains CPP-ACP and clinical evidence supports additional advantages in preventive treatment for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment, high risk root surfaces, sensitive teeth, and fissure protection.

To view the webinar at no cost, simply click the link below

Fluoride Varnish: Improving Patient Satisfaction and Office Production

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MI Paste Plus: RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP) release bio-available calcium and phosphate and fluoride

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“If you want to heal a tooth the best thing you can give it is calcium and phosphate in a very specific concentration, with a little bit of fluoride. And when you do that, you super saturate the mouth with calcium phosphate, which helps restore the mineral balance. The only product that does that is MI Paste.” Dr Brian Nový, 2009 Winner of ADA Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year.

MI Paste and MI Paste Plus by GC America are the only products for professional use containing the active ingredient RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP), a special milk-derived protein that has a unique ability to release bio-available calcium and phosphate (and fluoride in MI Paste Plus) to tooth surfaces.  Since their introduction to the dental market, MI Paste and MI Paste Plus have become essential products in many dental practices who are focused on preventive care and minimum intervention dentistry.

MI Paste Plus offers the same benefits of MI Paste, but is enhanced with a patented form of fluoride (900 ppm). Both products are safe and easy-to-use both in office and at-home and are both available in five delicious flavors: melon, mint, strawberry, tutti-frutti and vanilla.

Choose MI Paste and MI Paste Plus with RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP):

  • Relieves tooth sensitivity
  • Does not irritate dry mouths
  • Provides a topical coating for patients suffering from sensitivity and oral mucosa
  • Helps minimize tooth sensitivity before and after professional cleaning and tooth whitening

A recent webinar recorded by Dr. Dan Ward DDS outlines the benefits of using MI Paste and MI Paste Plus in managing caries in high risk patients.  He provides an overview on the active ingredient, CPP-ACP.  He also talks through his recommended protocol for the most effective results. Watch the webinar here: http://www.vivalearning.com/console/playbackConsole.asp?x_moduleid=1948

Here are some comments from hygienists and dentists who have incorporated MI Paste and MI Paste Plus into their practices:

“I am amazed by the immediate relief of sensitivity. I now apply MI Paste immediately after every whitening procedure.”

Dr Jeff Blank, Rock Hill, SC

“MI Paste Plus is far and away the most effective treatment out there for generalized dentinal hypersensitivity.”

Dr. Brian Nový, Assistant Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

“I personally treated my teeth using etchant for two 20 second intervals, followed by MI Paste in a tray at nighttime for 2 – 3 weeks. Very happy with the results!”

Dr Stephanie M. Benton

“I have had beautiful results using MI Paste… This patient’s teeth were first etched and she then used MI Paste twice daily in a tray for three months. Before starting the third month with MI Paste, she first used Whitestrips for two weeks. Both the patient and I are incredibly happy!”

Dr Ivan A. Serdar

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MI Varnish: RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP) and BIOAVAILABLE

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“As a clinician MI Varnish is a must! When applying MI Varnish to the teeth, the flowability and maneuvering of the brush was excellent. This is the best applicator brush I’ve used. Adherence was no problem at all. When choosing a fluoride varnish, I take several things into consideration. It is not just how the product works for me as a clinician. Equally important is how the patient reacts to the product. Patient compliance and acceptance will not only make a huge difference in my job but it also helps to determine the out come of the use of the product. MI Varnish has the greatest acceptance rate of any product I have ever used. Patients love that it is not gummy, runny or leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.”

Noel Brandon Kelsch, RDHAP

 

MI Varnish by GC America with RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP) enhances enamel acid resistance and boosts salivary fluoride levels. This product remains on the teeth longer than other fluoride varnishes and contains high levels of fluoride and calcium released in the oral cavity. The difference is in the RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP), which makes MI Varnish a natural and unique choice for your patients. Casein phosphopeptides (CPP) naturally occurs in milk casein; Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP), which is found in the RECALDENT™, is also the source of calcium and phosphate. In the oral cavity, CPP binds to oral surfaces such as teeth, dentin, oral mucosa and biofilm. Calcium and phosphate ions are the building blocks for healthy teeth and MI Varnish delivers bioavailable calcium and phosphate ions into the saliva.

The features of MI Varnish include:

  • Easy to use: not tacky or sticky when applied
  • Smooth, creamy texture upon application
  • No color change when applied to the tooth
  • Patient-friendly fresh Strawberry and Mint flavors
  • Film thickness comfortable to patient, even with multiple applications
  • Enhanced fluoride uptake

In a recent video recorded by Dr Dan Ward DDS, he provides an introduction to this product and its exceptional properties thanks to the active ingredient of CPP-ACP. He discusses the instructions for use that ensure the best results for patients. 

We also highly recommend this short video technique tutorial that guides you through all the steps of the treatment protocol using MI Varnish. The video is available on demand, so you can watch it whenever you have a few minutes. Click here

Here are some comments from hygienists and dentists who have incorporated MI Varnish into their practices:

“Nice consistency, great brush, great material, goes on smooth and with one easy layer. MI Varnish flows very nice, not too thick and not too watery.  It sticks to the brush very well and does not drip from the brush as you take it from container to tooth.  As to the color of the MI Varnish, patients loved it, moms could not see it, kids are not bothered by the color.”  – Lance Kisby, DMD, Division Chief of Dentistry & Program Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Residency, Nemours Hospital for Children

“MI Varnish goes on very smooth and creamy. The taste is very mild.”- Mark L. Cannon, DDS,  Pediatric Dentist

“The viscosity of MI Varnish was perfect. It flowed easily over the tooth surfaces and interproximally.  More importantly, my patients loved the flavor and the consistency.”-  Sheri B. Doniger, DDS

“In treating hypersensitive teeth, MI Varnish was excellent. More than one coat could easily be applied.” – Lory Laughter, RDH, BS

“RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP) technology has transformed my practice! I use MI Varnish™ and MI Paste™ because RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP) technology offers a natural and unique system for releasing bioavailable calcium, phosphate and fluoride into the saliva.  MI Varnish™ and MI Paste™ are an essential part of my practice.”-  Dr Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, Salem, MA

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On-Demand Webinars: Refine your Restorative Techniques

At GC America we understand the demands on dentists as well as the importance of continued education. Refining your restorative techniques and strategies takes time and practice. This is why we have made available a large number of on-demand learning sessions, accessible online for learning on the go.

The following two online classes will be of particular interest to dentists who are wanting to improve their knowledge and skills in minimally invasive dentistry as well as creating natural esthetics with your restorations.

Title: Less is More – Incorporating Minimally Invasive Techniques into your Office Treatment Protocols

Less is More - Incorporating Minimally Invasive Techniques into your Office Treatment Protocols

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Ward, DDS

Duration: 64 minutes

Released: 4/16/14

CE Credits: 1 CEU (Home Study)

Watch the On-demand Class Now

Cost: no charge

It has long been said that “Dentistry begets Dentistry.” In other words the more treatment you do, the more treatment you will need to do in the future. This CE webinar will acquaint you with conservative and minimally invasive techniques to treat your patients.

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Title: Creating Natural Esthetics with Newly Developed Composites: Restoring the Tooth from the Inside Out

Creating Natural Esthetics with Newly Developed Composites

Presenter: Dr. Frank Milnar

Released: 2/11/14

CE Credits: 1 CEU (Home Study)

Watch the On-demand Class Now

Duration: 51 minutes

Cost: no charge

Developing treatment strategies for restoration of anterior maxillary dentition can be challenging. When faced with such cases, a detailed diagnosis and thorough understanding is required to ensure that the most appropriate materials and techniques are considered. In this CE webinar, you will learn how to improve your skills and confidence using a new generation of composites that utilize minimal invasive concepts. Minimally invasive concepts originates from the “inside out”.

About EQUIA

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Featured in both online classes is the new restorative system by GC called EQUIA.

EQUIA restorations are based on glass ionomer technology and are known for being aesthetic and translucent, high-performing and economical. EQUIA is the first to combine quick and easy handling with perfect physical and incomparably aesthetic properties.

The advantages of using EQUIA are:

  • No bonding agent needed, chemical adhesion with tooth structure
  • Low moisture sensitivity
  • Bulk placement with only 3’30” in total needed from start to finish
  • Filler content provides wear resistance and fracture toughness
  • Optimal protection of marginal seal for long-lasting restorations
  • Tooth-colored restorative material, with real translucency and natural gloss and smoothness

To find out more about EQUIA visit this page

Click here to watch: Less is More – Incorporating Minimally Invasive Techniques into your Office Treatment Protocols

Click here to watch: Creating Natural Esthetics with Newly Developed Composites: Restoring the Tooth from the Inside Out

Clinical evidence: EQUIA performs like composite in Class I and Class II fillings

Results from an independent four-year randomized clinical trial* which evaluated the clinical performance of EQUIA were recently published in a leading oral health journal. The study, led by Professor Sevil Gurgan from the Department of Restorative Dentistry at Hacettepe University in Turkey, concluded that EQUIA performs like composite in Class I and Class II fillings, offering a durable solution for posterior restorations.

These findings support the growing evidence of EQUIA’s favorable properties as a restorative solution, highlighting the evolution of glass ionomer restorative materials in recent years and paving the way for modern dentistry.

Reliable posterior restorations

The clinical trial was conducted on permanent posterior teeth both in Class 1 and Class 2 carious lesions of young patients with the average age of 24 years. A total of 140 fillings (80 Class 1 and 60 Class 2) in 59 patients was restored with EQUIA and Gradia restorative systems. Two independent examiners evaluated at baseline and at one, two, three, and four years post restoration according to the modified US Public Health Service criteria. Polyvinyl siloxane impression negative replicas at each recall were observed under scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to evaluate surface characteristics.

The clinical efficacy of EQUIA and Gradia Direct Posterior was determined by evaluating the anatomical form, color match, marginal discoloration, marginal adaptation, secondary caries occurrence, and retention at one year and annually for four years.

The trial’s results showed that neither EQUIA nor Gradia restorations were downgraded in anatomical form, secondary caries, surface texture, postoperative sensitivity, and color match during the four years. Based on these results, Professor Gurgan and the team concluded that the use of both materials for the restoration of posterior teeth exhibited a similar and clinically successful performance after four years.

“Glass ionomer cements were introduced to the dental market as a replacement for amalgam restorations, particularly in Europe where in many countries now, the use of amalgam for tooth restorations decreases day by day. The demand of patients for non-metallic restorations has also increased a lot in recent years. The ongoing clinical trial results show that the new generation of glass ionomer cements or the reinforced glass ionomer cements could be used an alternative to amalgam or other tooth-colored restorative materials in permanent dentition,” Professor Gurgan commented.

This is good news for dentists who want to offer their patients a cost-effective and durable restoration that is aesthetic and also has the oral health benefits of a glass ionomer restorative.

* Four-year Randomised Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Clinical Performance of a Glass Ionomer Restorative System, Operative Dentistry 2015, 40-1

EQUIA: one system, multiple indications

Do you want to preserve teeth while using a trusted material for multiple indications?

Do you want to diversify your dentistry to offer your patients more?

EQUIA by GC is a new dimension in restorative dentistry! EQUIA restorations are based on glass ionomer technology and have never been so aesthetic and translucent, high-performing and economical. EQUIA is the first to combine quick and easy handling with perfect physical and incomparably aesthetic properties.

The advantages of using EQUIA are:

  • No bonding agent needed, chemical adhesion with tooth structure
  • Low moisture sensitivity
  • Bulk placement with only 3’30” in total needed from start to finish
  • Filler content provides wear resistance and fracture toughness
  • Optimal protection of marginal seal for long-lasting restorations
  • Tooth-colored restorative material, with real translucency and natural gloss and smoothness

To show you just how versatile EQUIA is in the dental office, GCAmerica has compiled a clinical chart with case study images provided by Dr Mark Cannon. The document details the various indications this system can be used for to perform minimally invasive dentistry with the best aesthetic and functional outcomes for patients. The indications are:

  1. Class I and small Class II
  2. Amalgam replacement
  3. Class V and root surface caries
  4. Occlusal pit primary dentition
  5. Buccal pit primary dentition

The document shows how EQUIA enables the dentist to do minimally invasive preparation design, with shortened preparation time and trauma, preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Due to EQUIA’s self-adhesive adhesive properties, no bonding steps are required. It is also moist field compatible, making it possible to work in the most difficult environments. EQUIA also offers sustained fluoride protection for long lasting restorations, high strength and excellent marginal integrity in addition to creating highly aesthetic restorations.

To download your copy of Five minimally invasive restorative techniques using EQUIA at not cost, simply click here.

On-Demand Webinar: Esthetic Alternatives to Direct Composites

In today’s increasingly competitive market place it is important to find efficient and effective means for streamlining the real bread and butter of your practice – namely, direct restorative dentistry.

To help you diversify your dentistry, GC America hosts a number of on demand online classes with expert presenters. Accessible at no cost, the online classes are ideally suited to busy dentists who want to learn on the go. Read more about one of these top rated online classes below:

On-demand webinar: Esthetic Alternatives to Direct Composites with Mark Pitel, DMD, FAGD, FACD, FIADFE

Duration: 65 minutes

Date: On demand

Class overview:

While many people have some level of knowledge regarding glass ionomers, very few are aware of the advances that have been made since this category first came on the market over 30 years ago. The versatility, vastly improved esthetics, and ease of use over the earliest generations have made this a reemerging and rapidly growing area of dentistry. In fact, some recent studies have shown that properly placed posterior glass ionomer restorations may actually offer a superior clinical life span to direct composites.

Incorporating glass ionomer cement in your clinical practice

Dr Mark Pitel discusses the properties of glass ionomer cements and how the materials have evolved in recent years. He outlines how the features such as adhesion, biocompatibility, easy placement, anti-cariogenicity, and resin modifications make the material a good solution in a number of restorative situations.

Techniques and tips are described on how to achieve esthetic and durable results with glass ionomer cement in a wide range of restorative conditions in comparison to composites available on the market. Clinical cases are shown and academic evidence to support these are also shared.

To access the online class click here

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