Global Clinical Case Contest awards for dental students

From left: Yu-Fang Huang, Catharina Glose and Margherita Feliciotti were honoured at the 19th Global Clinical Case Contest in Konstanz, Germany

To conclude the annual Global Clinical Case Contest 2022-2023 for dental students with less than two years of clinical practice, 11 finalists from 11 countries presented case studies of restorations using Dentsply Sirona products. An international jury consisting of Dr Ian Cline, dentist at King’s College, UK; Prof Dr Gaetano Paolone, University of Milan, Italy and Dr Frank Pfefferkorn, senior clinical research manager at Dentsply Sirona selected four winners, who were honoured at the Dentsply Sirona site in Konstanz, Germany.

The contest first included 260 students from 90 dental schools around the world. They first presented their restorations to a local jury. The winners of the regional competitions then took part in the final in Konstanz in front of an international jury.

Feliciotti from the University of Siena, Italy, won the competition. She presented a large anterior tooth restoration for which she used the adhesive Prime&Bond active and the composite Ceram.x Spectra ST with SphereTEC filler technology in opacities and viscosities. She said, “When I work with patients, I make the effort to give them a high quality outcome using products from Dentsply Sirona. Their design options enabled me to do that for the patient.”

Glose of the University of Göttingen, Germany was placed second. Her case was of a patient who requested improved aesthetics with a composite restoration of the anterior teeth from 12-22 orthodontic treatment. The materials used were the Etch&Rinse adhesive Prime&Bond XP, Ceram.x Spectra ST in CLOUD shades and the Ceram.x Spectra ST Effects materials D1 and E1.

Two finalists shared third place. Ahmed Kamal of the October University for modern sciences and arts (MSA), Egypt, was awarded a prize for an aesthetically challenging restoration for a male patient in the region 14-17 using the adhesive Prime&Bond Universal, the Palodent V3 matrix system and Spectra ST. Yu-Fang of the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, China, received the award for a case in which a juvenile incisor was restored. She used Prime&Bond Universal and Spectrum TPH3 in the shades A1 and A3.5.

The finalists of the Global Clinical Case Contest were given prizes in addition to the invitation to Konstanz. “As organisers of the competition for future dentists, we are pleased about the interest and high-quality entries submitted,” said Dr Pfefferkorn. “Through its cooperation with universities [globally], Dentsply Sirona promotes the development of training programmes with technologies. The goal remains to support future dentists in providing patients with the best possible treatment.”