The annual Global Clinical Case Contest (GCCC) by Dentsply Sirona recently awarded today’s most outstanding students for their achievements in clinical aesthetic treatments. For the third year in a row, the final round took place virtually, as an international jury selected the best student contributions to clinically challenging case studies that made use of the Dentsply Sirona product portfolio.
Smile to the world and the world will smile back. Such words make more sense now as dental students from around the world are recognised at the Dentsply Sirona Global Clinical Case Contest for providing excellent dental aesthetic treatments and committing to help patients have happy healthy smiles.
This year’s winners of the Dentsply Sirona Global Clinical Case Contest were announced in the beginning of June, during an online event presented by Prof Dr Rainer Seemann, vice-president global clinical research at Dentsply Sirona. The three most outstanding student entries were awarded by jury members Dr Ian Cline, King´s College/Dental Practice, UK, and Prof Dr Gaetano Paolone, University of Milan/Dental Practice, Italy. The winners showed immense pride in demonstrating their passion and skillsets for beautiful radiant smiles.
The first prize was awarded to Nanthiphorn Pongam, Mahidol University, Thailand – using the following DS products: Prime&Bond universal, Neo Spectra ST Effects composites, Enhance Finishing System and Enhance Pogo Polishing System.
Second place went to Bilal Balbzioui, University of Strasbourg, France – using these DS products: SDR flow+, DeTrey Conditioner 36, ceram.x duo E2 shade, Enhance/Enhance PoGo system.
Third place was Yuze Yang, Fujian Medical University, China – using Palodent V3 Sectional Matrix System, Xeno V+ self-etching adhesive, ceram.x duo E1 and D2.
Through the Global Clinical Case Contest, Dentsply Sirona aspires to promote excellence in future restorative dental practice, combined with the use of today’s latest dental technology. Furthermore, the event provides an opportunity for emerging dental talents to network and exchange with top-notch experts as well as schools offering high-quality programmes.
“It was an honour to judge this worldwide competition once again. Given that all the global finalists are already proven winners, choosing the top three places is always extremely hard for the jury panel. The high standards of dentistry, outcome of the clinical work, the passion and enthusiasm shown was once again outstanding,” said GCCC jury member Dr Ian Cline from the UK.
First place winner, Nanthiphorn Pongam, said, “GCCC offers a privileged moment to us, young passionate students, to demonstrate our commitment in practicing at the upmost level. Through GCCC, Dentsply Sirona opens a fabulous array of programmes and opportunities that I and my fellow participants can all learn and benefit from – reaching someday our ultimate goal of becoming our best in the professional practice.”
“It is our mission to provide solutions and best practice to healthcare providers around the globe so that patients can smile beautifully and confidently,” reminded Prof Dr Seemann. “With our strong cooperation between universities from around the world, Dentsply Sirona is committed to developing innovative programmes that make use of cutting-edge technology to support tomorrow’s dental experts who will surely provide their future patients the best treatments. Congratulations to all winners!”
Over 520 students, amidst return of live on-site national or regional finals
The Dentsply Sirona Global Clinical Case Contest has been held since 2004/2005. The competition is aimed at dental students with less than two years of clinical practice. Participants document their successful treatment case in text and images and are supported by a tutor from their university.
This year over 520 students from around 73 dental schools took part in the competition, with the top three contestants being presented with an award. Some national rounds in this year’s GCCC managed to hold on-site national finals, such as France.
“We are delighted to see so many dedicated young people who aspire to provide the highest quality of dentistry to patients in need of a beautiful, restored smile. The Dentsply Sirona GCCC offers them a gateway to achieve this while also showcasing their accomplishments to most renowned specialists and institutions,” explained jury member Prof Dr Gaetano Paolone from Italy. “We cannot wait to see what next year’s pool of talents brings!”