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VisCalor – the world’s first thermoviscous restorative material, now also available for all cavity classes
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While the bulk-fill variant, VisCalor bulk, focuses on simple and quick posterio The new VisCalor is - like VisCalor bulk - based on the unique thermoviscous Tec

With VisCalor, a universal variant indicated for all cavity classes is now added to the world’s first thermoviscous bulk fill composite. While the bulk-fill variant, VisCalor bulk, focuses on simple and quick posterior restorations, VisCalor now makes highly aesthetic anterior restorations possible, thanks to its large range of VITA shades, including an additional, translucent shade.

 

Both products are based on the unique thermoviscous technology. VisCalor reaches a low viscosity through extraoral heating, allowing for an application that resembles that which you are used to with flowables. The material flows optimally onto cavity walls and undercut regions. Then the material cools down to body temperature quickly, becomes highly viscous and can be modelled like a classic packable composite without any delay. Uniting two different viscosities in one product guarantees fast and easy handling, since separate steps such as lining and covering layers are no longer required. In addition, VisCalor is compatible with all conventional bonding agents. Thus, VisCalor offers not just a high-quality and aesthetic restoration, but also an economical alternative to conventional composites.

 

VisCalor SingleDose Caps are characterised by their particularly long and slender cannula. This allows direct application, even in hard-to-reach areas and narrow cavities, as well as bubble-free application, which contributes to the durability of the restoration. The longevity and stability of the material are the result of its excellent physical properties: With a filler content of 83% by weight as well as very low shrinkage of only 1.4%, VisCalor is in a class of its own among composite materials.

 

The Caps Warmer is ideally suited for heating VisCalor and allows for up to 4 caps to be heated at the same time. This is especially advantageous when working with multiple increments or also with multiple shades.

 

Thanks to its unique technology, VisCalor creates the ideal preconditions for excellent handling, simple application, as well as high-quality and long-lasting restorations of highly aesthetic appearance – for all cavity classes.

 

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VOCO Retraction Paste – a must-have for every practice
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With VOCO Retraction Paste, which is applied directly from the cap into the sulc The paste can be used as an alternative to, or in combination with a retraction

The basis for a perfect impression is an exposed and dry sulcus. With VOCO Retraction Paste, which is applied directly from the cap into the sulcus, VOCO is introducing a product for the effective, temporary opening of the sulcus and its isolation from moisture. This product is also the ideal complement to the V-Posil precision impression material. VOCO Retraction Paste offers the prerequisites for successful classic or digital precision impressions, as well as for cavity preparation of class II or V restorations, but also for either permanent or temporary cementing of restorations.

 

The retraction paste impresses users not just through its results, but also through its handling: For example, the shade contrasts well against the gingiva, facilitating in particular the work in hard-to-see areas. Thanks to the very slender and slightly flexible cannula, the material can be easily dosed and applied, whereby the paste is easy to press out and subsequently scores points with very good flow viscosity, coupled with uniform stability for opening of the sulcus. During application, the aluminium chloride paste with astringent effect temporarily fills the sulcus, stops any bleeding and eliminates moisture.

 

Patients themselves also benefit from numerous advantages: For example, VOCO Retraction Paste only requires a short exposure time, it has a neutral taste and can be easily and fully rinsed off.

 

The paste can be used as an alternative to, or in combination with a retraction thread, for example. It can be used in the classic way or digitally, with an intraoral scanner. Soft tissue management is often the key to success for the resulting class II and V fillings as well as for permanent or temporary cementation of restorations, especially when using the adhesive technique with not very moisture-tolerant products.

 

Hygienic SingleDose

VOCO Retraction Paste can be applied directly into the sulcus easily and hygienically from the SingleDose Cap, developed in-house by VOCO. The SingleDose Cap is compatible with commercially available composite dispensers such as the VOCO Caps Dispenser, and is sufficient for up to 3 sulci.

Advantages of the SingleDose: each patient receives their very own product, an easy way to avoid the risk of cross-contamination as well as other potential for contamination.

 

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VOCO Profluorid Varnish – now also in pina colada flavour
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VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideally suited for the treatment of hypersensitive te VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV), the tried-and-tested, dental desensitising varnis

Give your teeth that holiday feeling: VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV), the tried-and-tested, dental desensitising varnish with fluoride, is now also available in pina colada flavour - summer, sun, sea and beach fun included! The exotic pineapple-coconut flavouring now augments the existing portfolio to seven flavours: melon, mint, cherry, caramel, bubble gum, cola lime and pina colada. The varnish dries in seconds - at the same time it feels natural and has a pleasant taste so that it can be left on the teeth for continuous fluoride release.

 

VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideally suited for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth as well as sensitive root surfaces. Treatment with VPV is also a sensible precaution following professional cleaning and polishing, in order to replenish any depleted calcium fluoride depots. The fluoride content is 22,600 ppm fluoride (≙ 5 % sodium fluoride). A good cariostatic effect can be ascribed to the xylitol that is also included.

 

In addition, the transparent white varnish convinces with its high level of moisture tolerance and excellent adhesion to dental hard tissue. Thus, VPV promotes a confident, fresh smile – even directly after application.

 

Hygienic SingleDose

Like all the other members of the VPV family, VOCO Profluorid Varnish pina colada is available in the hygienic SingleDose and the 10 ml tube.

Advantages of the SingleDose: it is designed for a single use only – each patient receives their very own product. This is an easy way to avoid the risk of cross-contamination as well as other potential for contamination. Furthermore, the material can be applied quickly and easily from the handy packaging – ideally by using the enclosed brush.

 

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V-Print splint comfort: Light-curing resin for the generative production of thermoflexible therapeutic splints
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A high level of flexibility, longevity and stability, but also workability and t

Whether for bite elevations, whitening treatment or bruxism, dental splints are being used in increasing numbers for various purposes, and the requirements in respect of splint materials must satisfy the wishes of the dental and lab teams as well as those of the patients. A high level of flexibility, longevity and stability, but also workability and transparency, are only a few attributes of V-Print splint comfort.

 

It is not just that elaborately designed therapeutic splints are manufactured efficiently, reliably and in a reproducible manner in 3D printing processes. Dental technicians also wish for an almost odourless, easy-to-process printing material. Complaints due to chipping, cracks or improper fit are immediately reduced to a minimum thanks to the flexible material properties of V-Print splint comfort. Its inherent memory effect allows for recovery following deformation or heat effects, as may happen with steaming in the lab, for example. The finished splint may be quickly ground and polished in the dental practice, if required. Its high abrasion resistance makes V-Print splint comfort an ideal therapeutic tool for use with occlusal splints. 

 

But also its level of classification as a medical device is relevant in terms of long-term therapy. The classification of V-Print splint comfort as a class IIa medical device allows an unlimited period of wear.

 

For patients, however, the focus is more on comfortable wear and suitability for daily use. V-Print splint comfort produces very durable, thermoflexible splints that react to heat. The thermoflexible splint nestles against the intraoral tooth structures. It can be comfortably inserted and removed, requiring no effort. As a result of these properties, we obtain a customised splint that fits tension-free, without any bothersome pressing or pulling. Its high transparency makes for an inconspicuous splint and underscores the aesthetic claim of the material. The neutral taste makes it more acceptable for the patient to wear and thus contributes to the success of the therapy. The smoothly polished surfaces are easy to clean for the wearer and are very resistant to discolouration.

 

With V-Print splint comfort, dental laboratories and practices receive a product that meets all the requirements of splint therapy while achieving highest levels of customer satisfaction. At market launch, V-Print splint comfort is available for Asiga and Rapid Shape printers, alongside the SolFlex printers with PowerVat. You can find a comprehensive, current list of all our printing partners here.

 

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Simply more: Bifix now also comes as a multifunctional hybrid abutment cement for permanent luting
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Bifix Hybrid Abutment luting composite is easy to apply from the practical Quick Bifix - VOCO's luting cement for metal, ceramics and composites - is now also av

Bifix – VOCO’s luting cement for metal, ceramics and composites – is now also available for luting of hybrid abutments with try-In pastes. As a true all-rounder, Bifix Hybrid Abutment can be used both extraorally in the lab and intraorally in the practice. Its perfect masking of dark backgrounds using highly opaque shades is an absolute plus for highly aesthetic restorations.

 

Bifix Hybrid Abutment is suitable for abutment crowns, mesostructures, combination restorations, ready-made adhesive or titanium bases, and individual abutments made of titanium, ceramic or zirconium dioxide. Intraoral luting onto dental hard tissue is also an indication. Every luting composite is supplied with a try-in paste in a perfectly matching shade, which simulates the correct optical impression in any film thickness. Thus, for highly aesthetic restorations, it is possible to choose precisely the right shade before permanent luting, something that is not offered by any other similar product. Afterwards, the pastes can easily be rinsed off again with water.

 

Bifix Hybrid Abutment luting composite is easy to apply from the practical QuickMix syringe, and the enclosed application cannula, which includes a freely rotating attachment, allows highly accurate and thus material-saving application. As a highly radiopaque and dual-curing luting composite, it benefits time management with processing advantages based on light-curing, but it can also be used in areas with no available light (metallic abutments).

 

The material is offered in the highly opaque white and universal tooth shade variants, plus a translucent variant for ceramic or zirconium dioxide restorations.

 

The Bifix Hybrid Abutment implant set is supplied including the universal bonding agent Futurabond U (5 x SingleDose - suitable for bonding and all etching procedures on dental hard tissue), and the universal coupling agent Ceramic Bond (5 ml bottle - for conditioning metal, ceramics and composites). Furthermore, all three shades are available in the 10 g QuickMix syringe, including try-in paste and accessories.

 

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Meet us at the IDS 2021!
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In 2021, the IDS will take place in September.

 

We are also there for you in special times. We will therefore be at the International Dental Show (IDS) in the next year and present our new products and other highlights of the range to you. In close coordination with the Cologne Exhibition Centre and the hygiene concept #bsafe4business, numerous measure to protect visitors and stand employees are being implemented so that we can all look forward to a pleasant exhibition.

 

As usual, the personal conversation with the VOCO dental consultants should be the focus. You can be informed extensively and personally at small presentation counters. These “touch points” will be separated with the familiar plexiglass panel. Besides the face-to-face-communication, we will also make use of the digital offerings of the exhibition and inform you in online lectures, product demonstrations and live discussion.

 

Practice-oriented products

 

The focus of the product presentation is on new products from various indication areas as well as further bestsellers and top articles from the current range. This includes especially products for the digital dentistry, such as printing resins for additive fabrication. But also proven classics of composites, bondings or oral care will be presented and some can be tested as well.

 

Hygienic SingleDose

 

Do you already know our SingleDose? For many years, VOCO offers numerous products in the hygienic single use application form. This is a simple way of preventing third-party contacts or other contamination possibilities. Furthermore, the quantity is optimally adjusted for a single treatment and no material is wasted. We invite you to try out the handy packaging at our stand and let the advantages convince you!

 

We are looking forward to a safe and successful IDS 2021 together with you!

 

Further information on the hygiene concept of the Cologne Exhibition Centre can be found online: https://bit.ly/2J9lPOg

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

VOCO donates 20,000 Euro to Doctors Without Borders
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Christian Katzer, Managing Director of Doctors Without Borders Germany, thanks V

Humanitarian aid organisation more than ever depends on support this year

 

This year, the dental manufacturer VOCO is once again foregoing Christmas presents for customers and partners and providing support where help is needed instead: The Dentalists for the second time are partner of the initiative “Corporate Christmas Giving” and donate again 20,000 Euro to Doctors Without Borders. The humanitarian aid organisation is active in around 70 countries worldwide and helps when the national health system is no longer able to help sick and injured people.  

 

“Especially now, help is more urgent than ever before. COVID-19 is particularly devastating for countries that do not have adequate medical care. We thank Doctors Without Borders for their excellent work and are very pleased to contribute the progress and development of projects”, says Olaf Sauerbier, Managing Director of VOCO.

 

“VOCO’s donation is a great support – especially this year”, says Christian Katzer, Managing Director of Doctors Without Borders Germany. “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we had to adjust and are adjusting our projects worldwide: rebuilding waiting areas, purchase protective clothing, train personnel and much more. We have also started many new projects to support people in more than 70 countries in the fight against the Coronavirus. We thank you very much for the generous donation.”

 

Further social engagement

Besides the donation to Doctors Without Borders VOCO throughout the year has made several donations for social purposes. As early as spring, the company supported the county with several hundred litres of disinfectant. In addition, other local organisations such as day care centres, schools, hospice groups or the food bank “Tafel” received help.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

V-Print tray: Light-curing resin for the generative production of individual impression trays
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V-Print tray is a class I medical device and is available in the 1,000 gram bott

VOCO continues to expand its portfolio of innovative 3D-printed materials: Thanks to high layer thicknesses, V-Print tray can be used to quickly produce individual impression and functional trays, e.g. for the fabrication of dentures. Further to that, the new member of the V-Print family is perfectly suited for producing bite registrations as well as bases for bite templates and wax try-ins in complete dentures. V-Print tray is a class I medical device and is available in the 1,000 gram bottle. Depending on the size of the jaw, the content of one bottle is enough to print up to 85 trays.

 

Ready-made standard trays that do not individually fit patients and do not optimally support the impression-taking process are a thing of the past. Thanks to CAD/CAM technology and the strong material properties of V-Print tray, the practice or laboratory as well as the patient benefit from a result that is precisely adapted to the requirements of the jaw and the impression. The CAD/CAM process allows the fabrication of individual trays, including rim design and retention elements, in a single step. Recesses for the implant impression can be considered in advance when using the CAD software, which is particularly helpful. The high-strength properties of V-Print tray is very strong ensure distortion-free impressions. With layer thicknesses of up to 200 μm, V-Print tray can be printed quickly. Homogeneously printed surfaces enormously reduce the need for reworking, which again saves time. Additionally, V-Print tray is universal, meaning it can be used with all types of impression material.

 

Like all VOCO V-Print printing materials, V-Print tray is also sedimentation-stable, making it ready for use immediately and securing the production process for the entire duration of use. The use of protective gas is not necessary for post-exposure. This streamlines the workflow and saves both time and money. V-Print tray is neutral in odour and flavour.

 

System for making a complete denture

The V-Print family also offers the right products for base and try-in: Consequently, the 3D material V-Print dentbase allows the production of optimally precise denture bases for removable dentures. V-Print Try-in is ideally suited for producing try-ins for complete and partial dentures. Those who also use the material for denture teeth CediTEC DT (Denture Teeth) as well as the fixing material CediTEC will obtain the complete denture in a single system thanks to the CAD/CAM procedure.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

 

New flavours: CleanJoy prophylaxis paste now also available in cherry and caramel
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CleanJoy prophylaxis paste from VOCO is now also available in the new flavours c

CleanJoy is now even more fun! The popular tooth cleaning and polishing paste is now also available in the new flavours cherry and caramel. The fresh sweetness of cherries and the creaminess of caramel complement the existing menthol of the mint variety, now offering users and patients a choice of three mouthwatering flavours.

 

CleanJoy can be used to remove superficial, soft and even hard tooth deposits as well as extrinsic discolourations such as those caused by drinking tea and coffee and smoking. In addition, the paste is ideal for cleaning and polishing tooth surfaces and restorations as part of  a professional scale and polish. The multipurpose product can also be used prior to whitening procedures and after the removal of orthodontic appliances.

 

CleanJoy is available in three different cleaning strengths, allowing the dentist to tailor the treatment to the respective patient situation, depending on the degree of contamination present. The traffic light-style colour-coding of the packaging ensures safe use without any confusion of the products:

 

Red: The red (coarse) paste is used to remove particularly severe and persistent plaque in a manner which is both effective and gentle at the same time.

Yellow: The yellow (medium) paste is used to remove light to medium plaque.

Green: The green (fine) paste is used on patients with light plaque.

 

Treatment with the red or yellow paste is always followed by a final application of green paste to smooth off the cleaned surfaces and prevent renewed adhesion of particles. The polishing paste also gives the cleaned surfaces an attractive sheen.

 

Alongside xylitol, CleanJoy contains fluoride (700 ppm) and therefore also contributes to the remineralisation and strengthening of the natural dental hard tissue. It can be used with any conventionally available polishing cup and brushe.

 

Hygienic SingleDose

CleanJoy is available in a 100 g tube as well as in the hygienic SingleDose. Advantages of the SingleDos: The handy SingleDose is designed for one-off use only – thus each patient receives their very own product. This prevents cross-contamination and other possibilities for contamination in a simple and easy way. What is more, the amount is also optimally adjusted for a single application, ensuring no material goes to waste.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

VOCO goes virtual – Discover the virtual CAD/CAM exhibition stand now
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With the new virtual exhibition stand, VOCO is now able to offer all customers a

Whether they be postponed or cancelled: dental trade fairs have been another almost complete casualty of the worldwide lockdown. Despite this, the need for exchange, information and advice is still great; and is actually needed more now compared to before the outbreak of the pandemic. With the new virtual exhibition stand, VOCO is now able to offer all customers and partners the opportunity to quickly and comprehensively receive information about products, offers and possibilities for the digital workflow in the same “exhibition style” we’ve all come to recognise.

 

The digital platform, presented as a modern exhibition stand, shows off the complete CAD/CAM portfolio from the Cuxhaven-based dental manufacturer – from 3D printers and 3D printing materials for various indications to milling materials for both permanent and temporary restorations and a complete system for the manufacture of prostheses. You can get a feel for all of the products as they are presented in the form of animation, which you can enlarge by moving the cursor over them. With just one click, another window opens and the most important information about the product is displayed.

 

Furthermore, visitors will find extensive information such as further links to the product page on the VOCO website, brochures or videos. These videos demonstrate the most important information about products and their applications in a way that is vivid and compact. It’s even possible to communicate with us too: all contact information for VOCO customer service is stored at the InfoPoint.

 

With the all-inclusive package for an extraordinary kind of trade fair experience for an extraordinary time, VOCO is once again expanding its digital range and, in doing so, is further expanding its service for customers and partners. Back in spring and summer, VOCO carried out all of the seminars and advanced training sessions online as webinars and therefore positioned itself internationally at the forefront in the area of advanced training: more than 55,000 participants worldwide have registered within four months.

 

Click here for the virtual exhibition stand: www.voco.dental/exhibitiondigital

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

Simple, fast and hygienic: the SingleDose from VOCO
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The SingleDose is absolutely hygienic and helps to avoid cross-contamination VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideal for treating hypersensitive teeth. The true all-rounder among bonding agents: Futurabond U is suitable for all etch Totally unique: VisCalor bulk combines the advantages of both flowable and sculp

A consistent and seamless hygiene management system is indispensable in every practice. Not only does maximum cleanliness help to protect the patients, dentist and team, but absolute compliance with all requirements is the calling card of every practice. In addition to the implementation of all classic hygiene measures, the right choice of products and packagings can also contribute to boosting the hygiene standards even further.

 

Take, for example, the SingleDose from VOCO. The wide variety of products available in the handy SingleDose are designed for single use only – each patient receives their very own product. This avoids the risk of cross-contamination and other possibilities for contamination simply and easily.

 

The advantages of the SingleDose at a glance:

 

- Absolutely hygienic

- Avoids cross-contamination

- Optimally coordinated quantity for single treatment – no material waste

- Avoids application errors (e.g., incorrect dosage and mixing ratios)

- Quick and easy to apply

 

VOCO offers a wide variety of products from different indication areas in the SingleDose and, in doing so, supports practices in the optimal implementation of their hygiene management system – for the benefit of the patient, dentist and team alike.

 

Oral care: VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV)

The fluoride-containing varnish for tooth desensitisation is ideal for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth and for sealing the dentine tubules during cavity preparations and in case of sensitive root surfaces. Treatment with VPV is also a sensible prophylactic precaution following cleaning and polishing. VOCO Profluorid Varnish is available in six mouthwatering flavours: Melon, Mint, Cherry, Caramel, Bubble Gum and the new addition Cola Lime.

 

Bonding agents: Futurabond U

One bonding agent for all cases! The dual-curing universal adhesive is the only bonding agent in a disposable applicator and is suitable for all etching techniques: self-etch, selective-etch and total-etch. As such, all other bonding agents are now superfluous. Applied in a single layer, Futurabond U creates a strong bond to enamel and dentine, thus ensuring a durable, gap-free bond between the dental hard tissue and restorative material.

 

Composites: VisCalor bulk in a cap

VisCalor bulk is the world’s first restorative material with “thermoviscous technology”, which has been specially developed for heating up. The extraoral warming means that the composite can initially be placed in the cavity in flowable form, but then changes its consistency within a few seconds to become sculptable. As such, the dentist now requires just one composite and no longer has to choose between flowable and packable materials.

V-Print splint comfort: Light-curing resin for the generative production of thermoflexible therapeutic splints
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A high level of flexibility, longevity and stability, but also workability and t

Whether for bite elevations, whitening treatment or bruxism, dental splints are being used in increasing numbers for various purposes, and the requirements in respect of splint materials must satisfy the wishes of the dental and lab teams as well as those of the patients. A high level of flexibility, longevity and stability, but also workability and transparency, are only a few attributes of V-Print splint comfort.

 

It is not just that elaborately designed therapeutic splints are manufactured efficiently, reliably and in a reproducible manner in 3D printing processes. Dental technicians also wish for an almost odourless, easy-to-process printing material. Complaints due to chipping, cracks or improper fit are immediately reduced to a minimum thanks to the flexible material properties of V-Print splint comfort. Its inherent memory effect allows for recovery following deformation or heat effects, as may happen with steaming in the lab, for example. The finished splint may be quickly ground and polished in the dental practice, if required. Its high abrasion resistance makes V-Print splint comfort an ideal therapeutic tool for use with occlusal splints. 

 

But also its level of classification as a medical device is relevant in terms of long-term therapy. The classification of V-Print splint comfort as a class IIa medical device allows an unlimited period of wear.

 

For patients, however, the focus is more on comfortable wear and suitability for daily use. V-Print splint comfort produces very durable, thermoflexible splints that react to heat. The thermoflexible splint nestles against the intraoral tooth structures. It can be comfortably inserted and removed, requiring no effort. As a result of these properties, we obtain a customised splint that fits tension-free, without any bothersome pressing or pulling. Its high transparency makes for an inconspicuous splint and underscores the aesthetic claim of the material. The neutral taste makes it more acceptable for the patient to wear and thus contributes to the success of the therapy. The smoothly polished surfaces are easy to clean for the wearer and are very resistant to discolouration.

 

With V-Print splint comfort, dental laboratories and practices receive a product that meets all the requirements of splint therapy while achieving highest levels of customer satisfaction. At market launch, V-Print splint comfort is available for Asiga and Rapid Shape printers, alongside the SolFlex printers with PowerVat. You can find a comprehensive, current list of all our printing partners here.

 

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Simply more: Bifix now also comes as a multifunctional hybrid abutment cement for permanent luting
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Bifix Hybrid Abutment luting composite is easy to apply from the practical Quick Bifix - VOCO's luting cement for metal, ceramics and composites - is now also av

Bifix – VOCO’s luting cement for metal, ceramics and composites – is now also available for luting of hybrid abutments with try-In pastes. As a true all-rounder, Bifix Hybrid Abutment can be used both extraorally in the lab and intraorally in the practice. Its perfect masking of dark backgrounds using highly opaque shades is an absolute plus for highly aesthetic restorations.

 

Bifix Hybrid Abutment is suitable for abutment crowns, mesostructures, combination restorations, ready-made adhesive or titanium bases, and individual abutments made of titanium, ceramic or zirconium dioxide. Intraoral luting onto dental hard tissue is also an indication. Every luting composite is supplied with a try-in paste in a perfectly matching shade, which simulates the correct optical impression in any film thickness. Thus, for highly aesthetic restorations, it is possible to choose precisely the right shade before permanent luting, something that is not offered by any other similar product. Afterwards, the pastes can easily be rinsed off again with water.

 

Bifix Hybrid Abutment luting composite is easy to apply from the practical QuickMix syringe, and the enclosed application cannula, which includes a freely rotating attachment, allows highly accurate and thus material-saving application. As a highly radiopaque and dual-curing luting composite, it benefits time management with processing advantages based on light-curing, but it can also be used in areas with no available light (metallic abutments).

 

The material is offered in the highly opaque white and universal tooth shade variants, plus a translucent variant for ceramic or zirconium dioxide restorations.

 

The Bifix Hybrid Abutment implant set is supplied including the universal bonding agent Futurabond U (5 x SingleDose - suitable for bonding and all etching procedures on dental hard tissue), and the universal coupling agent Ceramic Bond (5 ml bottle - for conditioning metal, ceramics and composites). Furthermore, all three shades are available in the 10 g QuickMix syringe, including try-in paste and accessories.

 

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VisCalor – the world’s first thermoviscous restorative material, now also available for all cavity classes
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While the bulk-fill variant, VisCalor bulk, focuses on simple and quick posterio The new VisCalor is - like VisCalor bulk - based on the unique thermoviscous Tec

With VisCalor, a universal variant indicated for all cavity classes is now added to the world’s first thermoviscous bulk fill composite. While the bulk-fill variant, VisCalor bulk, focuses on simple and quick posterior restorations, VisCalor now makes highly aesthetic anterior restorations possible, thanks to its large range of VITA shades, including an additional, translucent shade.

 

Both products are based on the unique thermoviscous technology. VisCalor reaches a low viscosity through extraoral heating, allowing for an application that resembles that which you are used to with flowables. The material flows optimally onto cavity walls and undercut regions. Then the material cools down to body temperature quickly, becomes highly viscous and can be modelled like a classic packable composite without any delay. Uniting two different viscosities in one product guarantees fast and easy handling, since separate steps such as lining and covering layers are no longer required. In addition, VisCalor is compatible with all conventional bonding agents. Thus, VisCalor offers not just a high-quality and aesthetic restoration, but also an economical alternative to conventional composites.

 

VisCalor SingleDose Caps are characterised by their particularly long and slender cannula. This allows direct application, even in hard-to-reach areas and narrow cavities, as well as bubble-free application, which contributes to the durability of the restoration. The longevity and stability of the material are the result of its excellent physical properties: With a filler content of 83% by weight as well as very low shrinkage of only 1.4%, VisCalor is in a class of its own among composite materials.

 

The Caps Warmer is ideally suited for heating VisCalor and allows for up to 4 caps to be heated at the same time. This is especially advantageous when working with multiple increments or also with multiple shades.

 

Thanks to its unique technology, VisCalor creates the ideal preconditions for excellent handling, simple application, as well as high-quality and long-lasting restorations of highly aesthetic appearance – for all cavity classes.

 

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VOCO Retraction Paste – a must-have for every practice
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With VOCO Retraction Paste, which is applied directly from the cap into the sulc The paste can be used as an alternative to, or in combination with a retraction

The basis for a perfect impression is an exposed and dry sulcus. With VOCO Retraction Paste, which is applied directly from the cap into the sulcus, VOCO is introducing a product for the effective, temporary opening of the sulcus and its isolation from moisture. This product is also the ideal complement to the V-Posil precision impression material. VOCO Retraction Paste offers the prerequisites for successful classic or digital precision impressions, as well as for cavity preparation of class II or V restorations, but also for either permanent or temporary cementing of restorations.

 

The retraction paste impresses users not just through its results, but also through its handling: For example, the shade contrasts well against the gingiva, facilitating in particular the work in hard-to-see areas. Thanks to the very slender and slightly flexible cannula, the material can be easily dosed and applied, whereby the paste is easy to press out and subsequently scores points with very good flow viscosity, coupled with uniform stability for opening of the sulcus. During application, the aluminium chloride paste with astringent effect temporarily fills the sulcus, stops any bleeding and eliminates moisture.

 

Patients themselves also benefit from numerous advantages: For example, VOCO Retraction Paste only requires a short exposure time, it has a neutral taste and can be easily and fully rinsed off.

 

The paste can be used as an alternative to, or in combination with a retraction thread, for example. It can be used in the classic way or digitally, with an intraoral scanner. Soft tissue management is often the key to success for the resulting class II and V fillings as well as for permanent or temporary cementation of restorations, especially when using the adhesive technique with not very moisture-tolerant products.

 

Hygienic SingleDose

VOCO Retraction Paste can be applied directly into the sulcus easily and hygienically from the SingleDose Cap, developed in-house by VOCO. The SingleDose Cap is compatible with commercially available composite dispensers such as the VOCO Caps Dispenser, and is sufficient for up to 3 sulci.

Advantages of the SingleDose: each patient receives their very own product, an easy way to avoid the risk of cross-contamination as well as other potential for contamination.

 

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VOCO Profluorid Varnish – now also in pina colada flavour
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VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideally suited for the treatment of hypersensitive te VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV), the tried-and-tested, dental desensitising varnis

Give your teeth that holiday feeling: VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV), the tried-and-tested, dental desensitising varnish with fluoride, is now also available in pina colada flavour - summer, sun, sea and beach fun included! The exotic pineapple-coconut flavouring now augments the existing portfolio to seven flavours: melon, mint, cherry, caramel, bubble gum, cola lime and pina colada. The varnish dries in seconds - at the same time it feels natural and has a pleasant taste so that it can be left on the teeth for continuous fluoride release.

 

VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideally suited for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth as well as sensitive root surfaces. Treatment with VPV is also a sensible precaution following professional cleaning and polishing, in order to replenish any depleted calcium fluoride depots. The fluoride content is 22,600 ppm fluoride (≙ 5 % sodium fluoride). A good cariostatic effect can be ascribed to the xylitol that is also included.

 

In addition, the transparent white varnish convinces with its high level of moisture tolerance and excellent adhesion to dental hard tissue. Thus, VPV promotes a confident, fresh smile – even directly after application.

 

Hygienic SingleDose

Like all the other members of the VPV family, VOCO Profluorid Varnish pina colada is available in the hygienic SingleDose and the 10 ml tube.

Advantages of the SingleDose: it is designed for a single use only – each patient receives their very own product. This is an easy way to avoid the risk of cross-contamination as well as other potential for contamination. Furthermore, the material can be applied quickly and easily from the handy packaging – ideally by using the enclosed brush.

 

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New flavours: CleanJoy prophylaxis paste now also available in cherry and caramel
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CleanJoy prophylaxis paste from VOCO is now also available in the new flavours c

CleanJoy is now even more fun! The popular tooth cleaning and polishing paste is now also available in the new flavours cherry and caramel. The fresh sweetness of cherries and the creaminess of caramel complement the existing menthol of the mint variety, now offering users and patients a choice of three mouthwatering flavours.

 

CleanJoy can be used to remove superficial, soft and even hard tooth deposits as well as extrinsic discolourations such as those caused by drinking tea and coffee and smoking. In addition, the paste is ideal for cleaning and polishing tooth surfaces and restorations as part of  a professional scale and polish. The multipurpose product can also be used prior to whitening procedures and after the removal of orthodontic appliances.

 

CleanJoy is available in three different cleaning strengths, allowing the dentist to tailor the treatment to the respective patient situation, depending on the degree of contamination present. The traffic light-style colour-coding of the packaging ensures safe use without any confusion of the products:

 

Red: The red (coarse) paste is used to remove particularly severe and persistent plaque in a manner which is both effective and gentle at the same time.

Yellow: The yellow (medium) paste is used to remove light to medium plaque.

Green: The green (fine) paste is used on patients with light plaque.

 

Treatment with the red or yellow paste is always followed by a final application of green paste to smooth off the cleaned surfaces and prevent renewed adhesion of particles. The polishing paste also gives the cleaned surfaces an attractive sheen.

 

Alongside xylitol, CleanJoy contains fluoride (700 ppm) and therefore also contributes to the remineralisation and strengthening of the natural dental hard tissue. It can be used with any conventionally available polishing cup and brushe.

 

Hygienic SingleDose

CleanJoy is available in a 100 g tube as well as in the hygienic SingleDose. Advantages of the SingleDos: The handy SingleDose is designed for one-off use only – thus each patient receives their very own product. This prevents cross-contamination and other possibilities for contamination in a simple and easy way. What is more, the amount is also optimally adjusted for a single application, ensuring no material goes to waste.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

V-Print tray: Light-curing resin for the generative production of individual impression trays
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V-Print tray is a class I medical device and is available in the 1,000 gram bott

VOCO continues to expand its portfolio of innovative 3D-printed materials: Thanks to high layer thicknesses, V-Print tray can be used to quickly produce individual impression and functional trays, e.g. for the fabrication of dentures. Further to that, the new member of the V-Print family is perfectly suited for producing bite registrations as well as bases for bite templates and wax try-ins in complete dentures. V-Print tray is a class I medical device and is available in the 1,000 gram bottle. Depending on the size of the jaw, the content of one bottle is enough to print up to 85 trays.

 

Ready-made standard trays that do not individually fit patients and do not optimally support the impression-taking process are a thing of the past. Thanks to CAD/CAM technology and the strong material properties of V-Print tray, the practice or laboratory as well as the patient benefit from a result that is precisely adapted to the requirements of the jaw and the impression. The CAD/CAM process allows the fabrication of individual trays, including rim design and retention elements, in a single step. Recesses for the implant impression can be considered in advance when using the CAD software, which is particularly helpful. The high-strength properties of V-Print tray is very strong ensure distortion-free impressions. With layer thicknesses of up to 200 μm, V-Print tray can be printed quickly. Homogeneously printed surfaces enormously reduce the need for reworking, which again saves time. Additionally, V-Print tray is universal, meaning it can be used with all types of impression material.

 

Like all VOCO V-Print printing materials, V-Print tray is also sedimentation-stable, making it ready for use immediately and securing the production process for the entire duration of use. The use of protective gas is not necessary for post-exposure. This streamlines the workflow and saves both time and money. V-Print tray is neutral in odour and flavour.

 

System for making a complete denture

The V-Print family also offers the right products for base and try-in: Consequently, the 3D material V-Print dentbase allows the production of optimally precise denture bases for removable dentures. V-Print Try-in is ideally suited for producing try-ins for complete and partial dentures. Those who also use the material for denture teeth CediTEC DT (Denture Teeth) as well as the fixing material CediTEC will obtain the complete denture in a single system thanks to the CAD/CAM procedure.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

 

VOCO goes virtual – Discover the virtual CAD/CAM exhibition stand now
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With the new virtual exhibition stand, VOCO is now able to offer all customers a

Whether they be postponed or cancelled: dental trade fairs have been another almost complete casualty of the worldwide lockdown. Despite this, the need for exchange, information and advice is still great; and is actually needed more now compared to before the outbreak of the pandemic. With the new virtual exhibition stand, VOCO is now able to offer all customers and partners the opportunity to quickly and comprehensively receive information about products, offers and possibilities for the digital workflow in the same “exhibition style” we’ve all come to recognise.

 

The digital platform, presented as a modern exhibition stand, shows off the complete CAD/CAM portfolio from the Cuxhaven-based dental manufacturer – from 3D printers and 3D printing materials for various indications to milling materials for both permanent and temporary restorations and a complete system for the manufacture of prostheses. You can get a feel for all of the products as they are presented in the form of animation, which you can enlarge by moving the cursor over them. With just one click, another window opens and the most important information about the product is displayed.

 

Furthermore, visitors will find extensive information such as further links to the product page on the VOCO website, brochures or videos. These videos demonstrate the most important information about products and their applications in a way that is vivid and compact. It’s even possible to communicate with us too: all contact information for VOCO customer service is stored at the InfoPoint.

 

With the all-inclusive package for an extraordinary kind of trade fair experience for an extraordinary time, VOCO is once again expanding its digital range and, in doing so, is further expanding its service for customers and partners. Back in spring and summer, VOCO carried out all of the seminars and advanced training sessions online as webinars and therefore positioned itself internationally at the forefront in the area of advanced training: more than 55,000 participants worldwide have registered within four months.

 

Click here for the virtual exhibition stand: www.voco.dental/exhibitiondigital

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

Simple, fast and hygienic: the SingleDose from VOCO
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The SingleDose is absolutely hygienic and helps to avoid cross-contamination VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideal for treating hypersensitive teeth. The true all-rounder among bonding agents: Futurabond U is suitable for all etch Totally unique: VisCalor bulk combines the advantages of both flowable and sculp

A consistent and seamless hygiene management system is indispensable in every practice. Not only does maximum cleanliness help to protect the patients, dentist and team, but absolute compliance with all requirements is the calling card of every practice. In addition to the implementation of all classic hygiene measures, the right choice of products and packagings can also contribute to boosting the hygiene standards even further.

 

Take, for example, the SingleDose from VOCO. The wide variety of products available in the handy SingleDose are designed for single use only – each patient receives their very own product. This avoids the risk of cross-contamination and other possibilities for contamination simply and easily.

 

The advantages of the SingleDose at a glance:

 

- Absolutely hygienic

- Avoids cross-contamination

- Optimally coordinated quantity for single treatment – no material waste

- Avoids application errors (e.g., incorrect dosage and mixing ratios)

- Quick and easy to apply

 

VOCO offers a wide variety of products from different indication areas in the SingleDose and, in doing so, supports practices in the optimal implementation of their hygiene management system – for the benefit of the patient, dentist and team alike.

 

Oral care: VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV)

The fluoride-containing varnish for tooth desensitisation is ideal for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth and for sealing the dentine tubules during cavity preparations and in case of sensitive root surfaces. Treatment with VPV is also a sensible prophylactic precaution following cleaning and polishing. VOCO Profluorid Varnish is available in six mouthwatering flavours: Melon, Mint, Cherry, Caramel, Bubble Gum and the new addition Cola Lime.

 

Bonding agents: Futurabond U

One bonding agent for all cases! The dual-curing universal adhesive is the only bonding agent in a disposable applicator and is suitable for all etching techniques: self-etch, selective-etch and total-etch. As such, all other bonding agents are now superfluous. Applied in a single layer, Futurabond U creates a strong bond to enamel and dentine, thus ensuring a durable, gap-free bond between the dental hard tissue and restorative material.

 

Composites: VisCalor bulk in a cap

VisCalor bulk is the world’s first restorative material with “thermoviscous technology”, which has been specially developed for heating up. The extraoral warming means that the composite can initially be placed in the cavity in flowable form, but then changes its consistency within a few seconds to become sculptable. As such, the dentist now requires just one composite and no longer has to choose between flowable and packable materials.

10 years of Amaris – 10 years of perfect dental aesthetics
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Amaris, the highly aesthetic composite from VOCO, made its début at the IDS in 2 Condition before treatment: Incisal fractures on teeth 11 and 21 Anterior region restorations produced using Amaris Beautiful teeth are a reason to smile! Perfect dental aesthetics with Amaris (cl

There is an ever-growing awareness of the importance of healthy and also attractive-looking teeth. Today, for many people, dental aesthetics are integral to a good quality of life. An increasing number of patients thus want non-visible, natural-looking high-end restorations, particularly in the anterior region. This trend goes hand-in-hand with a rise in demand for high-performance restoration materials. Such materials are not only expected to boast impressive physical properties but also, and in particular, outstanding handling. Amaris, which was presented by VOCO in 2007 at the IDS, is a composite with an innovative shade system which was specially developed for highly aesthetic restorations. This product ensures incredibly simple and convenient shade management for all users, whereby only a few shades are required. Amaris has won numerous awards, including from the renowned US testing institute, “The Dental Advisor”, due, in particular, to its shade concept.

11 shades instead of 33

Together, dentine and enamel define the overall appearance of the tooth. The Amaris shade system is also based on this natural principle. The most varied forms, shades and surfaces can be modelled quickly using a two-layer technique requiring just a base shade (Opaque) and an enamel shade (Translucent). Compared to other systems with more than 20 or, indeed, 30 shades, the Amaris system is made up of just 11 shades: Six base shades (O1, O2, O3, O4, O5, O Bleach), three enamel shades (Neutral, TN; Light, TL; Dark, TD) and two individual shades (Amaris Flow High Translucent, HT; Amaris Flow High Opaque, HO). The base and enamel shades can be combined in a variety of ways and thus ensure a high degree of flexibility when producing shades. The optional individual shades, Amaris Flow HT (High Translucent) and Amaris Flow HO (High Opaque), also allow further individual structures and special accents to be realised. HT is ideal, for example, for creating highly translucent incisal edges and HO for covering discoloured areas.

Simple shade management

The core is firstly built up using an opaque base shade. A covering layer of translucent enamel shade is then applied; with an optimal shade appearance, Amaris Translucent Neutral (TN) is used. If the shade appears to be too light, the covering layer is darkened using Amaris Translucent Dark (TD). If the shade appears too dark, Amaris Translucent Light (TL) is used. The final tooth shade can thus be achieved during layering; corrections, however, are still possible during restoration. To this end, any layers which were applied beforehand do not have to be removed. Despite their relative small number compared to other systems, the many possible combinations of the base and enamel shades included with this product enable the entire dentally relevant shade spectrum to be covered. This means that even the finest of nuances can be produced for successful restorations every time.

Natural teeth as the yardstick

The developers of Amaris were committed to achieving the closest possible alignment to the natural tooth. Dr Reinhard Maletz, Head of the Research and Development Department notes: “The Amaris concept is based on natural layering and shading and not on pre-set industrial standards. With Amaris, seamless shade transitions and harmonious adaptation to the surrounding dental hard tissue can be realised. The interplay between opacity and translucence in restorations produced using Amaris is based on natural teeth and thus an outstanding degree of light dynamics and fluorescence is guaranteed. Consequently they cannot be distinguished from natural teeth.”

Excellent physical parameters

Amaris also has excellent physical properties. The material has a high filler content (80% by weight) with just minimal polymerisation shrinkage (2.0% by volume). With its high surface hardness (99 MHV) and compressive strength (375 MPa), its great flexural strength (120 MPa) and diametral tensile strength (51 MPa) as well as its outstanding abrasion resistance (48 µm, 3-media abrasion) and low degree of water solubility (< 1 µg/mm3), Amaris is a guarantee for permanently stable restorations. Primarily conceived for the anterior region, thanks to its physical properties it is also suitable for the posterior region. Amaris can be used for a wide range of applications. The indications include aesthetic anterior region restorations of Classes III, IV and V, aesthetic posterior region restoration of Classes I, II and V, the reconstruction of traumatically damaged anterior teeth, direct and indirect composite veneers, the veneering of discoloured anterior teeth, form and shade corrections to improve aesthetics, the repair of highly aesthetic ceramic (e.g., facet repairs) as well as the splinting of anterior teeth.

Optimal handling properties

In addition to its innovative shade system, Amaris also impresses with its optimal handling properties. The material has a non-sticky, silky consistency and can be easily adapted and sculpted. Amaris allows very thin layers to be applied and finished, which means that even the finest of incisal edges can be created. The ambient and surgical light resistance of up to five minutes provides sufficient time for working, however, depending on the shade and layer thickness, the curing times range between just ten and forty seconds. Given its intelligent material composition, Amaris can be easily polished which, in turn, means a great and durable shine is ensured. The material can be used universally with all dentine adhesives.

Commercial forms with introductory set

Amaris is available in a variety of commercial forms, e.g., in sets and refills with syringes and caps. VOCO offers an introductory set to allow consumers to get to know this intelligent shade system. This set features four caps in the opaque shades O1, O2, O3, O4, O5 and in the translucent shades Light (TL), Neutral (TN) and Dark (TD). The set additionally comprises two syringes with the individual shades HT and HO as well as the Amaris shade guide. Amaris can be ideally combined with Amaris Gingiva, the highly aesthetic restorative material in gingival shades. As such, perfect results can be achieved where red-white aesthetics are indicated.

VOCO donates 20,000 Euro to Doctors Without Borders
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Christian Katzer, Managing Director of Doctors Without Borders Germany, thanks V

Humanitarian aid organisation more than ever depends on support this year

 

This year, the dental manufacturer VOCO is once again foregoing Christmas presents for customers and partners and providing support where help is needed instead: The Dentalists for the second time are partner of the initiative “Corporate Christmas Giving” and donate again 20,000 Euro to Doctors Without Borders. The humanitarian aid organisation is active in around 70 countries worldwide and helps when the national health system is no longer able to help sick and injured people.  

 

“Especially now, help is more urgent than ever before. COVID-19 is particularly devastating for countries that do not have adequate medical care. We thank Doctors Without Borders for their excellent work and are very pleased to contribute the progress and development of projects”, says Olaf Sauerbier, Managing Director of VOCO.

 

“VOCO’s donation is a great support – especially this year”, says Christian Katzer, Managing Director of Doctors Without Borders Germany. “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we had to adjust and are adjusting our projects worldwide: rebuilding waiting areas, purchase protective clothing, train personnel and much more. We have also started many new projects to support people in more than 70 countries in the fight against the Coronavirus. We thank you very much for the generous donation.”

 

Further social engagement

Besides the donation to Doctors Without Borders VOCO throughout the year has made several donations for social purposes. As early as spring, the company supported the county with several hundred litres of disinfectant. In addition, other local organisations such as day care centres, schools, hospice groups or the food bank “Tafel” received help.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

Meet us at the IDS 2021!
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In 2021, the IDS will take place in September.

 

We are also there for you in special times. We will therefore be at the International Dental Show (IDS) in the next year and present our new products and other highlights of the range to you. In close coordination with the Cologne Exhibition Centre and the hygiene concept #bsafe4business, numerous measure to protect visitors and stand employees are being implemented so that we can all look forward to a pleasant exhibition.

 

As usual, the personal conversation with the VOCO dental consultants should be the focus. You can be informed extensively and personally at small presentation counters. These “touch points” will be separated with the familiar plexiglass panel. Besides the face-to-face-communication, we will also make use of the digital offerings of the exhibition and inform you in online lectures, product demonstrations and live discussion.

 

Practice-oriented products

 

The focus of the product presentation is on new products from various indication areas as well as further bestsellers and top articles from the current range. This includes especially products for the digital dentistry, such as printing resins for additive fabrication. But also proven classics of composites, bondings or oral care will be presented and some can be tested as well.

 

Hygienic SingleDose

 

Do you already know our SingleDose? For many years, VOCO offers numerous products in the hygienic single use application form. This is a simple way of preventing third-party contacts or other contamination possibilities. Furthermore, the quantity is optimally adjusted for a single treatment and no material is wasted. We invite you to try out the handy packaging at our stand and let the advantages convince you!

 

We are looking forward to a safe and successful IDS 2021 together with you!

 

Further information on the hygiene concept of the Cologne Exhibition Centre can be found online: https://bit.ly/2J9lPOg

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

The family-run dental company VOCO located in Cuxhaven is one of the leading manufacturers in the industry, both nationally and internationally. The product portfolio comprises more than 100 preparations, with a focus on preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at the headquarters and are therefore 100 percent “Made in Germany”. 440 people are employed in the departments of research, production and administration in Germany. Another 400 employees are responsible for sales worldwide and take care of dentists and depots on site. VOCO relies on dental products of highest material quality and user-friendliness that meet the high demands of the market. Thanks to innovative solutions, the company, founded in 1981, often takes on pioneering roles and establishes new standards in the dental world. In addition, VOCO consistently pushes the digital dentistry and combines complex technologies with best user comfort.

"James Bond" bonds best with VOCO's Futurabond U
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The adhesive technology was the focus of the visit of the Norwegian dentists. The dentist Dr. Martin Hoftvedt from Oslo praised the visit to VOCO: "The scient

From Cleopatra to Gollum to James Bond: Twelve dentists from Norway showed a lot of creativity in finding their nicknames during their visit of VOCO’s headquarters. Their knowledge in the area of adhesive technology was also at the same level. The perfect application of bondings was the focus of the multi-hour training, during which the participants refined their skills with VOCO products in theory and practice.

 

The main task was to bond small composite cylinders to human teeth with Futurabond U. The special thing: a mobile measuring device was used to determine the required force to shear off the composite – an indication of the quality of the adhesive bond. The participants first created three samples without any information regarding the application. After detailed explanations, they created another three samples. The results were clear: the adhesion values tended to improve significantly. The best adhesion value was achieved by "James Bond" – since “nomen est omen”!

 

"We truly enjoyed our visit to VOCO and its facilities in December 2019. The Scientific programme, especially the main part involving shear bond strength testing, was educational and very good for discussions. It is nice to visit such modern dental companies such as VOCO, as it brings the collaboration between doctors/dentists and the industry closer together, so that we may reach our common goal of better dental treatment for patients", says dentist Dr. Martin Hoftvedt from Oslo.

 

The visit was complemented with a tour of premises and a varied supporting programme in Cuxhaven and the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

 

 

 

Madagascar: Mission with children, Tuk Tuk drivers and a small celebrity
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A field report by Ann-Katrin Muchow and Roland Krause (University of Tübingen) (Neu) (Neu) (Neu)

Our preparations for the clinical traineeship began in autumn 2018, almost a year before our departure. Due to factors such as organisation and local contact persons, security and the desire to travel to an African country and help there, we decided to go to Madagascar. In the following months there was a lot to do: Book flights, apply for a visa and travel allowance, vaccinate, collect donations, etc.

 

And then it finally started! We landed in the capital Antananarivo and were warmly welcomed by our contact person Sylvie and the two dentistry students from Vienna who were to accompany us in the coming weeks. After an overnight stay in the city we went to the DMG school in Miarinarivo the next day. Due to our short stay there, our main focus was on the treatment of children with toothache. The treatment of children was a challenge and an educational and beautiful experience for all of us. After a warm farewell we drove back to Antananarivo to fly south to Fort Dauphin/Tolagnaro the next day. At the airport our contact person Maria picked us up and took us to the Collège St. Vincentienne in Marillac. We set up our "dentist's office" in a detached building with the available equipment of Dental Volunteers as well as with the great support of Père Pierrot and the Fathers of the Lazarists. Here we treated in teams of two.

 

Our main tasks were fillings and extractions and beyond that also oral hygiene instructions. It was certainly an advantage that two team members spoke French very well and were able to communicate well with both the Fathers and partly with the patients. During our daily meals together, we asked a translator to help us improve our Malagasy knowledge, in addition to numerous practical things such as hand mirrors, pillows and electricity.

 

During our time at school in Marillac we also made two other experiences, which we will certainly remember very positively!

On the one hand, we spent three days in Manambaro, the home of Madame Fleur, whose name can be found more often in Dental Volunteers' assignments. With justification! She welcomed us with great pleasure, a lunch on the fire that was already simmering in front of her, a table set in her beautiful garden and proved her organizing talent with a multi-page list of patients and their coordination. Some of the patients had travelled from far away and were sitting lined up on school desks behind their house. Fleur called them up one after the other and also helped us with the translation. She speaks fluent English, French and Madagascan.

 

On the other hand, we organized a dental technology workshop, which was attended by a total of seven Malagasy dentists. After previous extraction therapy, we made a clasp prosthesis for a Tuk-Tuk driver for the treatment of the anterior and posterior gaps. The dentists were particularly interested in the workflow and polishing of the prosthesis.

 

After several weeks of treatment for grateful patients, we finally vacated our "dental practice" and our bedrooms. A little sad we said goodbye to all the friendly helpers who accompanied us during our time in Marillac. Afterwards we used our return trip to the capital to get to know Madagascar a little better.

 

We would like to thank everyone who supported us and our project with material donations. A big thank you goes to the VOCO company from Cuxhaven.

Mission in the "Sacred Valley of the Incas"
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Florian Schilling (in white clothing) during his humanitarian mission in Peru. Florian Schilling (in white clothing) during his humanitarian mission in Peru. Impressions from Peru. Impressions from Peru. Impressions from Peru. Impressions from Peru.

A field report by Florian Schilling (University of Erlangen, Germany). Organization: "Zahnärzte helfen e.V."

 

"Just after having passed my examination und before starting a professional life, I decided to look beyond the dental doctrine and dental standards at Germany’s university hospitals. Peru was my dream destination: On the one hand, due to its culture and way of living. On the other hand, due to reports about this project and association by fellow students, who had already experienced such an adventure during their studies. The decision was taken in favour of a project in Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The German association ‘Zahnärzte helfen e.V.’ manages a dental project in Urubamba and there, cooperates with the Peruvian association ‘Corazones Para Perú’. They offer medical assistance to needy children and also to adults in remote mountain villages. Further to my donation request to different dental companies, in the weeks before my departure, I received various dental materials and instruments suitable for using them during the mission in Peru.

 

After landing in Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, which was the former capital of the Inca empire, I drove about one and a half hour to the town Urubamba, which would be my home base for the next three weeks. There, I lived in a shared accommodation together with three other dentists. The flat was situated upstairs in the house of a Peruvian female teacher, who took care of everything. As well as a Peruvian female dentist, employed by the association, who organizes a major part of the unscheduled campaigns and supports in case of communication difficulties. In addition, one is assisted by young people from Germany, who are doing their voluntary service and also have very good Spanish skills.    

 

Every morning from Monday to Friday, we treated children aged between 6 and 12 years from the ‘Collegio Ccotohuincho‘, a school in Urubamba. With the aid of former equipment from the German Armed Forces and donated goods from Germany, we carried out prophylaxis treatments, fillings and extractions. The children had to bring an ‘authorization’ signed by their parents to receive a treatment. Systematically, findings of all school grades were generated, and the most urgent cases were taken care of first. 

 

Two afternoons a week, we drove to a children village of the association ‘Corazones Para Perú’ in Munaychay. There, we focused on prophylaxis. We explained the children how to do a proper oral hygiene with the available means. Another project of the association is in Chicon. There is a small health centre, which, however, has largely ceased its activities except for the dentist’s chair. 

 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a pickup truck started very early in the morning towards Huilloc, a mountain village located at an altitude of about 3,500 meters – the ‘highest’ place of treatment in the surroundings of Urubamba. Here, we were able to carry out root canal treatments due to X-ray equipment.

 

Sometimes, the association also organises unscheduled activities. After a two-hour drive to a small town, in which the Peruvian military had built supply tents at the central place, we were allowed to use one tent as an ‘Odontologia’. Because there was a large number of patients and thus, one dentist chair was not enough, we had to extract teeth or make prophylaxis treatments on simple garden chairs. But the biggest problem was, that the power supply was only functioning for a limited time and often, the right instruments were not available or not yet prepared again. Hence, the range of treatments was narrowed down to mostly prophylaxis, filling therapy and extractions.   

 

The majority of the children shows a desolate condition of the milk teeth respectively of the first permanent teeth, partly with fistula formation already. The causes are on the one hand the constant availability of sugar in the form of sweets and beverages. On the other hand, the fact that parents are either not able to or do not want to explain their children how to brush their teeth. Compared to Europe, Early Childhood Caries appears disproportionately frequent and more pronounced. The case is different for elderly inhabitants, especially in the remote mountain villages. This is probably due to the fact, that those got in contact with sugar-containing nutrition only at a very late stage. 

 

On weekends, we had time for several excursions to the surrounding areas. We visited Puno at Lake Titicaca, the Uru Islands, the Bolivian coastal city of Copacabana, the Rainbow Mountain, the Salt ponds of Maras, the ruins of Ollantaytambo, the Old Town of Cusco, churches, temples, places and museums, Arequipa and, of course, Machu Picchu.

 

The cordiality and gratitude, with which I was received everywhere in Peru, mirrors the people’s mentality. It was an honour for me to gain an insight into their culture and daily life. Since in the villages in the Andes, where never a tourist gets lost, one really gets to know Peru.    

 

I thank VOCO GmbH for the generous support!"

Dentist at work between Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru
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Dr. Benita Kunze performing dental check-ups in a primary school. Photo: Kunze Dr. Benita Kunze treated the children together with Tanzanian dentist Diana. Pho Dr. Benita Kunze treats children in Tanzania. Photo: Kunze Dr. Benita Kunze treats children in Tanzania. Photo: Kunze Dr. Benita Kunze treats children in Tanzania. Photo: Kunze

Tanzania, the sixth most populous country in Africa is a prime tourist destination thanks in particular to the safari opportunities in the north. Mountains like Kilimanjaro also attract geologists year in, year out. However, Dr. Benita Kunze’s two-week trip to Tanzania was neither for research purposes nor to explore the country as a tourist: The dentist, who runs her own practice near Leipzig, Germany, was offering support to a Tanzanian dental clinic built alongside a general health clinic and a number of other facilities by the “Africa Amini Alama” aid project in Momella (a settlement at the foot of the Mount Meru volcano).

 

No comparison with European training

 

In this and other remote regions of Tanzania, the people live with practically no access to dental treatment. This means that patients requiring treatment never get to see a dentist and simply have to put up with their pain and the consequences it has for their general health. In order to avoid this, Diana has been treating patients at the dental clinic in Momella since December 2016. “She is a very young African dentist,” said Dr. Benita Kunze, going on to explain why she flew to her to offer her assistance: “Diana’s training is far below European standards, so I taught her about the dental products I had brought with me and showed her how to use them.” Dr. Kunze’s luggage contained restorative materials above all. The two dentists practised the precise placement of fillings together, so as to put Diana in a position to be able to help the local population even better in the future.

 

Teeth as fragile as glass

 

Many people in Tanzania are very poor. Dental treatment is very expensive and dentures are practically unheard of. The only procedures performed are those aimed at relieving pain. The treatment offered by Diana in Momella is free of charge thanks to the efforts of the aid project.

Most people living in the region around Mount Meru suffer from severe dental fluorosis. The water they drink comes from a local source containing a high quantity of fluoride, the cause of which is the nearby dormant volcano. The high quantity of fluoride causes brown discolouration of their teeth and destruction of the enamel. The dentine is exposed and also becomes brown in colour. “Their jawbones are very hard, which is particularly noticeable during extractions. Their teeth, in contrast, are so fragile that they break like glass and don't move a millimetre in the bone. Together with Diana I extracted a lot of teeth, as root canal treatments are also not possible,” said the German dentist.

 

Gratitude beyond compare

 

Dr. Benita Kunze also treated lots of children in the remote Massai region of Madebe, where they attend the “Simba Vision” primary school. “We gave the children a check-up and treated their teeth. All the while, we were showered with gratitude – from the children and the adults alike. They truly were two weeks rich in experiences. Young girls who had already known so much suffering learned to trust and allowed themselves to be treated. Small children took me by the hand and simply thanked me.”

The focus is now on preserving teeth by means of regular check-ups, raising awareness and regular training in the proper way to clean their teeth. As it is the most basic things which are needed most, every donation is welcome. “That’s why I’d like to say a special thank you to VOCO both from me and on behalf of the aid organisation.” Dr. Benita Kunze hopes to return to Tanzania next year. “My goal is to equip the children in the Massai school and at Simba Vision with toothbrushes, teach them how to care for their teeth and give them check-ups.”

 

 

“Dentists for Africa” – out and about in Kenya
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Anna Hübben and Kyra Kalbhen treating patients in the dental clinic. Group photo with the sisters at the dental clinic. Anna Hübben (l.) extracts a tooth with Kyra Kalbhen assisting. One of the two well-equipped treatment rooms at the dental clinic. The patients in the mobile clinic in Marani are treated in garden chairs. Visit to Nyaura Primary School.

“We’d known for a long time that we didn’t want to dive straight into our careers as soon as our exams were finished. We were far more interested in completing a clinical internship combining work with a holiday, developing our existing skills and helping people at the same time. We started planning our trip while we were still busy with our state examination. After careful consideration, we decided on the “Dentists for Africa” organisation in Kenya. The organisation sent us a whole host of helpful guidelines as well as the contact information for the Kenyan dentist working there, Sister Fabian.

 

When the time came, we set off for Frankfurt with what felt like a tonne of luggage in tow. Every gram of our 4x 23 kg suitcases and 2x 12 kg hand luggage was put to good use, most of it for donated materials. We would have liked to have taken all the donations with us, but unfortunately the airline wouldn’t allow us to take any more free luggage. The donations we were forced to leave behind will be shipped to Kenya along with additional materials and equipment by Dentists for Africa.

Departing from Frankfurt, we flew to Amsterdam and then on to Nairobi before heading to Kisumu, where we were collected from the airport by Sister Lawrencia and Vincent the driver. After a long car ride, we finally reached our destination of Kisii and the Christamarianne Mission Hospital. The neighbouring guest house was to be home for us and two doctors for the next two weeks.

 

Sister Lawrencia was our point of contact, and we knew we could count on her at any time. She organises the central materials bank for Dentists for Africa in Kenya and is also responsible for the digitalisation of the medical files of patients with HIV. Thanks to the guidelines we had received, we were already aware of the high prevalence of HIV in the area and were equipped with double-glove systems, protective visors and face masks. The hospital also maintains a store of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis for emergencies.

 

Our workdays started at 9 a.m., we ate lunch around 1 p.m. and the dental clinic closed at 4 p.m. The treatment was performed in two rooms each equipped with a dentist’s chair and good instruments. With the help of Davine, a trainee dental surgery assistant, Sister Fabian, Jeal and Tony, two dental health workers on a practical placement, Sharon and Dickson, two dental technicians, and the medical technician, Felix, we were well equipped to deal with all sorts of treatments.

In addition, there was a small dental laboratory for the production of dentures. The most commonly required procedures were extractions and fillings. We were also able to perform tooth cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler and root canal treatments with an x-ray machine; however, the power cuts made treatment more difficult now and again.

Dentists of Africa also frequently makes visits to schools, and we were fortunate enough to be allowed to join them on one trip. We spoke to around 300 pupils at Nyaura Primary School about the importance of dental health and gave them a check-up. Where necessary, we also treated some of them subsequently in the clinic. Generally, we discovered that most children had at most 1-2 teeth requiring treatment – we’d expected much worse! Many children told us that they didn’t have a toothbrush and so Sister Fabian scheduled a follow-up visit to bring the children toothbrushes and toothpaste. The experience was truly one of a kind and the joy and gratitude of the children extremely touching.

 

All in all, the patients and routine were quite different from those we’re accustomed to in Germany. It makes little sense to make appointments at specific times and so they only specify a date. However, the patients are all very patient and do not expect to be seen immediately. We noticed time and time again that hardly any Kenyans knew you should brush your teeth for three minutes at least twice a day.

We also had the opportunity to visit another dental clinic in Asumbi, which is home to the mother house of the Franciscan nuns. We spent a whole day there primarily treating girls from the nearby high school.

At another mobile deployment at the hospital in Marani, the patients sat on plastic chairs in a tent and had their teeth extracted one after another. They were mainly adults who couldn’t afford treatment or live too far from the closest dental clinic.

 

In addition, we had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Schinkel, the founder of Dentists for Africa. He was there among other reasons for a weekend seminar focusing on optimising the situation in the area and better aligning the organisation’s objectives with the reality. This gave us some insights into the students’ experiences, wishes and difficulties.

In our free time, we explored the hospital compound with all its animals and vegetable patches. We visited the patient kitchen and bakery, where we found out lots about the preparation of Kenyan specialities. When Sister Lawrencia offered to organise a trip to the Kakamega rainforest, we also jumped at the chance. The rainforest and the Rondo Retreat Center are really worth a visit! The site itself is idyllically located right in the heart of the rainforest and is a perfect place to recharge your batteries.

On our 9-day safari, we visited the Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Naivasha National Park, Amboseli National Park and Tsvao West National Park. Our journey finished up on the beach in Mombasa.

 

We had a truly unforgettable time in Kenya. The Kenyans are very open people and always treated us kindly. In particular, the sisters accepted us with open arms and took especially good care of us. The trip was very rewarding from both a personal and a professional perspective.

 

In total, of the 82 companies we contacted, 24 offered us a donation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for their generous support, which has made not only us but also the people in Kenya very happy (in alphabetical order):

3M Deutschland GmbH, Bausch GmbH, Busch & Co. GmbH, Clinic & Job Dress GmbH, Colente Group, Dentsply Detrey GmbH, Anton Gerl GmbH, Golf Toys GmbH, E. Hahnenkratt GmbH, Kulzer GmbH, Horico Dental Hopf, Ringlab & Co. GmbH, Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., Ivoclar Vivadent GmbH, Karl Hammacher GmbH, Komet Dental/Gebr. Brasseler GmbH & Co. KG, Kuraray Europe GmbH, M+W Dental GmbH, MaiMed GmbH, MPS Dental GmbH, Nordiska GmbH & Co.KG, Polydentia SA, Romesco Handelsges.m.b.H, VOCO GmbH.”

Dentists in Ethiopia: working in one of the poorest countries in the world
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Adults are treated in the clinic. A member of staff from the local health centre informs patients in the waiting a The dentists also visit the children in the local schools and clean their teeth The dentists also visit the children in the local schools and clean their teeth The dentists also visit the children in the local schools and clean their teeth A twig as an alternative to a toothbrush.

Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in the world, has barely any access to dental treatment. Outside of the capital, there are only around 50 qualified dentists for a population of 63 million people. One person who wants to help is Dutch dentist Frank Paternotte, who set off for the country in the north-east of Africa at the beginning of the year. The aim of his trip: four weeks of providing dental treatment to people in the small town of Dembi Dolo in the south-west of Ethiopia. Together with other colleagues, he participates in a dental aid project initiated by Rotary Doctors Nederland (RDN). 

 

An empirical report by Frank Paternotte:

“A colleague and I are being hosted by the local Catholic mission and are allowed to stay in the Society of the Helpers of Mary convent. The staff help us with our work in the clinic, where we treat people suffering from toothache and trained members of the team remove plaque and calculus. If necessary, we also place fillings in children’s teeth. Adults requiring fillings are treated by the dentist at the local hospital. Our most important task here, however, is prevention. We explain to the patients how they can keep their teeth healthy. Consequently, each workday begins with a member of the health centre staff talking to a packed waiting room about dentistry.

They also offer advice on a variety of topics in the remote regions in the heart of the country. We are always on hand to help and advise as necessary. In addition to offering treatment in the clinic, we also visit schools to educate the teachers and pupils.

 

Cleaning teeth with a twig

 

A typical day at work here is as follows: after greeting the team, we prepare the large treatment room. It’s always hit and miss whether the electricity is working. Luckily, we always have a generator on hand. Then we visit the primary school with a nurse and our interpreter. Once there, we begin by washing our hands together with the teacher and her pupils before we start brushing our teeth. The main difference is that teeth here are brushed with a twig and fluoride-containing toothpaste. Proper toothbrushes are something of a rarity here, and those available are also too large for the children and too expensive. Addis Ababa University has displayed interest in this project and is planning to study the effect of brushing with a twig instead of a toothbrush.

 

As is there no running water at the school, we have connected up a 200 litre barrel with six taps, allowing the children to wash their hands with soap and water before cleaning their teeth. The barrel is filled by the kids who live on the other side of the river; They each bring a small jerrycan with three litres of water to school with them each day.

Back in the clinic there is already a whole horde of people in pain waiting for us. The treatment itself is exactly the same as at home. However, we have to be prepared to enter into lengthy discussions with the patients when we recommend having other diseased teeth extracted in addition to just the one which is currently causing the patient pain. We use a hand mirror to show the patient the fistula and rotten tooth. Using a large board, we then explain to the patient what has caused the “infected” tooth.

We reassure the patient that they will only have to pay for the tooth to be treated. Most of them then enter the waiting room with an anaesthetic and a little time to ponder their situation. During the treatment, some of the patients hold my hand tightly to ensure that I am extracting the correct tooth. We then advise them to come back for a check-up and, if necessary, further treatment and explain how to care for their teeth. In addition, we also inform them of the effects sweet foods and drinks have on their teeth.

When we treat crying children who are afraid of the anaesthetic, some people try to calm them with well-intended remarks. We often hear people saying “ma kuba” which means “it doesn’t hurt”. Then I have to interrupt the treatment and explain that they will actually feel the anaesthetic itself.

 

Catastrophic sets of teeth ruined by sugar and alcohol

 

Other patients that we treated included, for example, a girl with warts around her mouth that had been dabbed with nail varnish, a mother who came to have her teeth checked with her enchanting baby on her breast and a 12-year-old boy who had had an image of a dagger branded into his arm as a sign of belonging.

We treated a number of people with absolutely catastrophic sets of teeth, attacked and worn down by the regular consumption of khat (leaves of the khat plant, which have a stimulating effect when chewed and numb hunger pangs) combined with sugar and locally distilled alcohol. Many patients also presented with extremely worn teeth. The cause: they spend the whole day chewing cereal grains which still have grains of sand among them.

 

Our greatest challenge is now organising the project in such a way with the responsible people in the region that after three to five years they will be in a position to take it over and continue running it themselves. We are supported by two assistants who have completed a three-year course as dental therapists at Addis Ababa University. They are now learning simple dental treatments such as the administration of anaesthetic, extraction of teeth, placement of small fillings and education of patients.

We have intentionally involved national and local authorities in the project since the beginning with the hope that they will adopt an active role in it in the future.

 

All in all, I would have to say: it was a really intense few weeks. Once again, I was really impressed by the optimism, determination and the inventiveness of the local staff.”

Dental aid in Bolivia
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The technique for brushing one’s teeth was practised on the model first. Dr. Annette Schoof-Hosemann in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Dental student Tobias Kleinert diligently fluoridized as many of the little pati The dental aid team: Dr. Annette Schoof-Hosemann, Tobias Kleinert, Alexandra Kru

In August 2017, Dr. Annette Schoof-Hosemann set off for what would be her eighth dental aid mission in Bolivia, practically a routine occurrence now.
This time, she was accompanied by three dental students from the University of Giessen: Tobias Kleinert, Alexandra Krumb and Stephanie Kokoschka.
Together, the team headed for the first time to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a metropolitan area with a population of more than one million. This was where their workplace for the next few weeks would be. A tiny, windowless room with old dental instruments no longer functioning properly in a paediatric clinic in the poorest neighbourhood of Santa Cruz: Los Lotes. Thanks to the financial support of the association dentists and friends, the room had recently been renovated and the equipment awakened from its Sleeping Beauty coma. It might not have been up to the usual standards in Germany, but with a little improvisation it was still possible to work satisfactorily.

 

There had been a large publicity campaign in Los Lotes, the result being that there were already long queues of patients awaiting them when the team arrived for its first day of free treatments. The three students were shocked by the desperate state of the patients’ dentition, but for Dr. Annette Schoof-Hosemann, who was in Bolivia for the eighth time, it was practically a familiar sight. She quickly informed them that they would come across far, far worse dental situations. After all, toothbrushes aren’t available to buy everywhere.

 

The team of four worked side-by-side together for a whole week in Santa Cruz: in 88 patients, they extracted 35 teeth and placed 75 fillings. After this exhausting but successful stay in Santa Cruz, the team continued on to Altiplano, at an altitude of almost 4,000 metres.
In La Paz, on the way to Lake Titicaca, the travellers stocked up on much-needed dental consumables for the practice in Challa such as gloves, face masks, disinfectants, painkillers and antibiotics. Of course, they couldn’t not buy teeth-cleaning utensils for oral hygiene classes in the schools either: all told, space was found in the luggage for another 500 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste. After the shopping trip, the team travelled on approximately 140 km to Lake Titicaca and then took the ferry over to the tiny community of Challa. Whilst Santa Cruz is overrun by tropical heat and the hustle and bustle of a city numbering more than a million inhabitants, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the impressive natural beauty everywhere on the island.

 

The team taught more than 500 children in two of the three schools in Challa and the even higher village of Yumani about the importance of proper daily oral hygiene. This involved explaining the causes of caries, distributing toothbrushes, cleaning teeth together and then fluoridizing with Voco Fluoridin N5.

As Dr. Annette Schoof-Hosemann has been visiting these schools regularly since 2013, it is the fifth time the pupils have been able to make the most of the preventative measures. They are always extremely happy to see the “doctora” and the team can hardly give out the teeth-cleaning instruments fast enough. Unfortunately, their teeth are still in an atrocious state. Hardly any patients are completely free from caries; in fact, many children and young adults have barely got a single healthy tooth left in their mouths. For the German students, this came as quite a shock. The fact that sparse, completely destroyed dentition is actually more the normal state of affairs for young people was a revelation that both shook and deeply affected them.

 

However, initial improvements are already being seen, especially with regard to the interest shown in having teeth checked and cleaned. In fact, the team was positively overrun by schoolchildren. However, to ensure they had the chance to get to the truly urgent cases – the extractions – the dentists came up with a cunning plan: a present from the rewards box. The prospect of a present from the box almost triggered a stampede among the children.

As the mission drew to a close, the team was able to report not only having performed the desired cleaning but also treated 88 patients successfully with fillings and extractions.

Dr. Annette Schoof-Hosemann is affectionately known on the island as la doctorita (= little doctor). After all the hard work, the patients’ gratitude is a gift beyond measure for her and more than makes up for all the efforts involved.

 

VOCO supported this mission by donating various dental supplies including the restorative materials Grandio and Grandio Flow, the adhesive Futurabond DC and the calcium hydroxide preparation Calcicur. Interestingly, the most common tooth shade in Bolivia is A2.