Glass Ionomer and Composite Co-cure Techniques
A Dental Technique Training CD Rom

No knowledge of PowerPoint is required.
Microsoft Office is not required

The CD comes with an installable Microsoft PowerPoint viewer for computers without Microsoft Office.


This CD is designed to introduce viewers to an understanding of Cavity configuration factor (C-Factor) and its significance in association with composite polymerization shrinkage.

Index for CD

One of the biggest problems associated with large direct posterior composite restorations is post-insertion sensitivity caused by micro-gapping that is related to both the C-Factor and the volume of the cavity. To circumvent this problem, most dentists resort to indirect restorative techniques. However, there are a significant number of patients of limited financial means that can't afford the significant costs associated with indirect restorations. As a consequence, dentists often "give it a go" and place large direct posterior composites, and run into the problems of post-insertion sensitivity and recurrent caries associated with uncontrolled resin shrinkage vectors.

The Glass Ionomer Co-Cure Technique is designed to:

  • Reduce the volume of the composite by replacing dentin with auto-cure GIC.

    Cavity Volume Reduction Cavity Volume Reduction

  • Create a dentin bond that is not based on a purely micro-mechanical resin bond
  • Simplify the bonding process (GIC is your dentin bond)
  • Aid in the control of composite shrinkage vectors to help prevent white lines (micro-gaps) at the restoration margins
  • Control post insertion sensitivity

    Onlay restoration Full cusp replacement

  • Allow larger, deep direct restorations to be placed with confidence
  • Reduce the time required to place posterior restorations

The CD takes you through the theory behind the Co-Cure technique, and then three different restorations are done on video that has been captured through an operating microscope for a detailed close-up understanding of the procedures.

The restorations are broken down into simple steps using video clips, with details provided for each phase of the procedure.

The final section of the CD is devoted to other clinical applications utilizing auto-cure GIC including a technique for overlaying fractured cusps utilizing auto-cure GIC as the dentin replacement material. The details of this are explained in animated graphic form, which is under the control of the viewing dentist. The CD is designed to allow dentist and staff to review to technique while learning how to place co-cure restorations.

"Graeme has the unique ability to take extremely complex topics and condense them to logical, short, and understandable presentations on PowerPoint.
His latest addition to reducing the confusion concerning composites and the application of technology needed to eliminate the shrinkage stress of composite polymerization is now available on his latest CD, "Glass Ionomer and Composite Co-Cure Technique". Second best to a hands-on course, and fantastic material for staff meetings."
J Tim Rainey DDS MAGD Texas

"I am writing you to tell you about how much I enjoyed your GIC Powerpoint CD. Since I had already seen your presentation, it was review for me. But how powerful it was to review what I had learned with the rest of the office. It is often so difficult to get the staff fired up about making changes in our procedures when I return from a presentation such as yours.
We now have a common understanding of deep dentin bonding, C-factor sectioning and sensitivity prevention. Using the technique of GIC basing and C-factor sectioning, we almost never have post treatment sensitivity. And our patients love us!"
Gregory L. Sawyer DDS Los Gatos, CA

"Reviewed the Composite GIC Co-cure Technique CD and it is superb! Very nicely done, and I agree with everything in it."
Professor Terry Donovan USC.

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