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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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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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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

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