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GrandioSO Light Flow - Interview with dentist Dr. Arne Kersting
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GrandioSO Light Flow - Interview with dentist Dr. Arne Kersting

VOCO's specialists are constantly working on the development of new products to always offer the best possible solutions for the demanding field of dentistry. But how do researchers and developers get to know the needs of dentists so well? Quite simply - often from the dentists themselves. This is also the case with the new nano-hybrid composite GrandioSO Light Flow. Dr. Arne Kersting, a dentist from Cuxhaven, provided important impulses for this product. His wish: a composite that is extremely flowable and thus perfectly suited for areas that are difficult to access as well as small cavities. The result: GrandioSO Light Flow, a low-viscosity nano-hybrid composite for extremely delicate applications. In addition to its flow properties, the composite scores with a filler content of 76 % and with its high aesthetic standard. Of course, Dr. Kersting was the first to test GrandioSO Light Flow after product completion. VOCO says "thank you" for this great suggestion - and for the interview!

Slow Dentistry: become the best slowly but surely!
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Slow Dentistry Top European opinion leader and world Slow Dentistry pioneer: Dr Miguel Stanley Save the Date

First meeting in London on 23rd November

Everyone wants to be successful. So, when and how do we decide we’re finally successful enough? If you’re sick and tired of hearing at event after event how you can milk that little bit more out of your practice with “higher, further, faster” methods, then you can now breathe a sigh of relief: That’s the last thing you can expect at the world’s first SlowDentistry meeting on 23rd November 2019 in London. The Swiss organisation shows you how to deliver a podium performance in dental disciplines with the opposite of all that hectic clamouring for success. Improved standards, more time – one of the most sought-after opinion leaders of our time explains why that’s the route that leads to dentistry of the highest calibre: Dr Miguel Stanley.

 

The Portuguese dentist runs the White Clinic in Lisbon, one of the country’s most acclaimed dental facilities, which welcomes patients from all over Europe and even further afield. This kind of success is no coincidence and cannot be explained merely by a team of premium specialists and an outstanding range of modern instruments and equipment. There is another thing which also distinguishes Dr Miguel Stanley from many of his colleagues: his philosophy.

 

Unlike the majority, he is not interested in methods that save as much time and generate as much profit as possible. His aim is not to treat as many patients as possible in his practice on one day. Dr Stanley is one of the first proponents of the Slow Dentistry movement, which originated in Switzerland, where the eponymous organisation also has its headquarters.

 

Awareness of safety, understanding, well-being and comfort

 

Slow Dentistry doesn’t leave anyone waiting – quite the contrary in fact. It delivers outstanding treatment quality, as the practitioner doesn’t just take time for dental problems. He also has a whole range of secondary aspects on his radar: from practice workflows to the patient’s general well-being. The four cornerstones of the Slow Dentistry concept are awareness of the patient’s safety, understanding, well-being and comfort. It sounds like an easy goal to achieve, but it can truly revolutionise the way a practice is run – to both the patient’s and dentist’s satisfaction.

 

Dr Miguel Stanley knows from experience: “The majority of clinics are so focussed on patient satisfaction with regard to the whole picture that they often lose sight of the small details such as comprehensive disinfection between two treatments. However, it is fundamentally important to take time in this critical area in particular if you want to prevent cross-contaminations.” There he mentions one of the essential aspects of Slow Dentistry, which challenges dentists to invest more time in each patient, focus more strongly on hygiene, ensure the patient can follow the treatment steps and take care of people’s general well-being.

 

VOCO helps with first steps in Slow Dentistry

 

The results are excellence and satisfaction: “My patients decide intentionally to invest a little more as they know that we devote a great deal of attention to their overall well-being, not just their dental health,” said Dr Stanley. And this is why he wants to share his experiences and the way to get there.

 

It is also why he is one of eight internationally renowned dentists speaking at the first Slow Dentistry meeting on 23rd November and demonstrating how the concept can be integrated into the workflows in any practice. Dr Stanley said, “I am very proud to be part of this network.” You can find out more about how you, too, can become a part of it with the wealth of information available in the scope of the Slow Dentistry world première in London. We can already reveal:

 

As an exclusive partner of the meeting, VOCO will be covering the membership fee for Slow Dentistry for whole year for the first 200 dentists who register. 

 

INFO ON EXCLUSIVE SLOW DENTISTRY MEETING

World première: on 23rd November, eight internationally renowned dentists will be speaking at the first Slow Dentistry meeting in London, explaining what routes aside from conventional practice management can lead to successes even far beyond the established goals. Successes which are not achieved with hectic “higher, further, faster” methods, but by raising standards across the board. The patient and dentist alike benefit from improved safety, understanding and comfort.

 

GrandioSO Light Flow
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GrandioSO Light Flow

Filling small cavities and the repair of defects are recurring tasks in the dental practice. The primary goal is minimally invasive treatment to minimise the loss of healthy tooth substance. For these precise applications, dentists require a highly flowable material which at the same time displays the familiar excellent physical properties and resilience of a packable restorative composite. 

 

To meet this requirement, VOCO has now expanded the proven GrandioSO product range with a low-viscosity nano-hybrid composite – GrandioSO Light Flow. The new flowable composite is thin-flowing, precise and high-strength. Above all, the product’s assets lie in the possibility of targeted and precise application with an extra fine cannula, which is even finer than a periodontal probe. This makes it possible to avoid generating excess residues and save on material.

 

In addition, the product also impresses with superb physical properties despite its excellent flowability. For example, with a filler content of 76% by weight and a 3-point flexural strength of 151 MPa, it effortlessly attains values similar to those of a packable composite.

 

GrandioSO Light Flow thus represents an optimal addition for delicate and customised applications where top precision is key!

Structur CAD
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Structur CAD

Long-term temporaries created reliably and rapidly using CAD/CAM

Looking for an aesthetic long-term temporary which delivers on its promises and can also be created quickly and easily? We offer the solution with Structur CAD, the composite for CAD/CAM-produced temporary restorations.

 

Structur CAD is a filled composite whose fillers ensure a high quality and thus a safe and reliable wearing period, in particular for long-term temporaries. As such, Structur CAD represents the latest generation of temporary restorations. This material class also offers a whole range of advantages for processing: Structur CAD has an outstanding edge stability after milling, in addition to which polishing is easy and takes next to no time. Its fluorescence is similar to that of natural teeth and contributes to the patient’s feeling of well-being when wearing the temporary. CAD/CAM-produced temporary restorations are precise, easy to reproduce and can be customised in exactly the same way as permanent restorations. And to round off the working process, luting can also be done to suit your requirements exactly – either with temporary luting cement or usng an adhesive for longer wearing periods.

 

Structur CAD is available in shades A1, A2 and A3 as a size 40L block and as a disc with a thickness of 20 mm (diameter 98.4 mm).

V-Print cast
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V-Print cast

The casting and pressing technique often forms the basis for the fabrication of dental restorations. Patient-specific restorations are created as one-off pieces in a whole range of detailed working steps in the dental laboratory. Conventional wax-up is a very time-intensive process during this procedure.

 

If the resulting cast or pressed object is defective, the dental technician’s work is usually lost and the wax-up model of the restoration must be started from scratch.

 

Dental restorations can be designed to suit precise requirements using the CAD software. V-Print cast and 3D printing technology make it possible to fabricate burn-out objects which are precise and can be reproduced multiple times. This minimises the risk and time involved in case of a casting failure.

 

V-Print cast is a residue-free burning 3D printing material for the production of all types of objects for casting processes and pressed ceramics. Its high dimensional stability and edge stability allow reliable checking of the occlusion and of the lateral movements on the model. Even in the light-cured state, any necessary finishing can be carried out in a way which does not damage the instruments. Embedding is done with commercially available, phosphate-bonded bedding compounds. V-Print cast is suitable for conventional heating and for the speed casting method.

 

Like all V-Print printing materials, V-Print cast is also sedimentation-stable, thus allowing unsupervised overnight printing.

Cooperation VOCO / ASIGA
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Cooperation VOCO / ASIGA

As a global player in, among others, the field of dental composites, VOCO has established a cooperation with ASIGA, Australian-based manufacturer of 3D printers. In fact, the material settings of VOCO‘s V-Print printing materials were recently tested, approved and made available for Asiga’s Max UV 3D printer.

 

It’s a win-win-win situation. ASIGA has gained a competent partner for materials, and VOCO in turn a specialist in additive manufacturing. All in all, the valid combination of 3D printers and 3D printing materials is a big plus for the user. Customers of VOCO and Asiga benefit from a wider choice and can thus act with flexibility in their daily business.

Exactly as intended by VOCO and Asiga.

 

The following VOCO V-Print printing materials are available for the Asiga MAX UV:

 

V-Print splint     

  • Therapeutic splints
  • Auxiliary parts and functional parts for diagnostics
  • Bleaching splints (home bleaching)

 

V-Print model beige     

  • Dental working and presentation models

 

V-Print SG     

  • Dental drilling templates
6th DEAF - Dental Forum in Cuxhaven
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The 6th Dental Forum for Deaf Dental Technicians, organised by master dental technician André Thorwarth and his team, took place in Cuxhaven in the spring of 2019. Sign language interpreters translated the expert dental lectures in a way that was comprehensible for the approximately 90 dental technicians who had travelled from all over Germany. In addition to material issues, the spotlight was on digitisation in dental technology as a lecture topic. With his presentation on 3D printing in dentistry, Martin Göbel of local enterprise VOCO GmbH provided interesting insights into additive manufacturing technology. At the VOCO information stand the participants then had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the VOCO SolFlex 3D printers and the V-Print printing materials developed for additive manufacturing in dentistry.

Fellowship Symposium with Partners from 26 Nations
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47 dentists convened for the "International Fellowship Symposium" organised by t Even though it was a full schedule of lectures: Before, during and after the tal  Those who wanted to not only had the opportunity to talk to colleagues during th  VOCO employee Dr. Matthias Mehring in conversation with participants of the 4th

"These were very intensive days of exchange with colleagues and friends", "Thank you for the inspiring lectures and the great experience" or "I always love being here" - this (or similar) was the conclusion of 47 dentists who came together for the four-day "International Fellowship Symposium 2019" at VOCO headquarters in Cuxhaven. For this, they gladly accepted a sometimes very long journey. After all, dentists from Europe, North and South America and Asia do not meet up every day to give lectures, exchange ideas with colleagues or simply to have a personal word with VOCO’s "dentalists".

 

Right at the beginning of the first day of the event, there was a very special item on the agenda. After the welcoming words by Managing Director Olaf Sauerbier, Dr. Miguel Stanley took the microphone for the one-hour opening lecture on the subject "Life-Changing Dentistry: How to Plan Success into your Practice". The Portuguese runs the White Clinic in Lisbon, one of the leading dental centres of the world.

 

A wide variety of topics

 

After that, the speakers took turns on stage every 15 minutes. They presented a wide variety of topics, including lectures on "Digital Flow in Restorative Dentistry“, "Prevention and Minimally Invasive Treatment", "Minimal Invased Dentistry for Young Patients with Dental Erosion", or "Restauration of Vertical Dimension of Occlusion with Prepless Occlusal Veneers". Those who were not themselves on stage giving a lecture pulled out their smartphone or camera to capture the information in images. The programme offered a colourful blend of scientific, evidence-based dentistry and documentation of very practice-based cases.

 

"At this year's VIFS, we were again able to welcome a quantitatively and qualitatively strong field of participants and, together with our Fellows, shed light on various dental topics from the point of view of manufacturers and dentists. At the same time, the information and recommendations received from our Fellows represent an important contribution to our research and development work. The event was again of benefit to both sides and will therefore produce a lasting synergy effect. In addition, with an event of this kind, size and quality, VOCO is certainly also making a clear statement in the dental market", said the symposium directors Dr. Kai Klimek and Dr. Matthias Mehring from the Department of Knowledge Communication.

A new smile in just a few hours
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Miguel Stanley

Grandio blocs are perfect for producing and placing restorations in just a few hours.

 

Time savings for the patient and dentist alike are an important argument in modern dentistry, with a high-quality and aesthetically pleasing restoration as the result. That is optimally achievable with Grandio blocs, the nanoceramic hybrid CAD/CAM blocks. For one thing, the time-consuming firing process is no longer necessary and for another, the blocks can be processed more quickly using milling devices. The aesthetics are every bit as good as with ceramic systems, not least thanks to the excellent polishability of Grandio blocs and disc. Individualisation or customisation of the restorations produced from Grandio blocs is also possible in next to no time and with the greatest of ease thanks to the adhesive technique.

 

Given their far superior material strength, the fully polymerised blocks set new standards. At a filler content of 86%, Grandio blocs are the most highly filled in their class. The biaxial flexural strength also achieves outstanding values which are normally only associated with silicate ceramics, but the Grandio bloc is significantly more antagonist-friendly. Another plus is that Grandio blocs can be milled more finely to achieve an even greater accuracy of fit.

Grandio blocs can be processed using standard milling devices. They come in two sizes for inlays/onlays and single crowns as well as in two translucency levels for anterior and posterior restorations.

 

Furthermore, Grandio blocs are also available as discs in the form of Grandio disc.

 

But don’t just take our word for it: see for yourself and check out Miguel Stanley’s impressive case (Private Practice at White Clinic, Lisbon, Portugal):

A clinical case report on VisCalor bulk
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VisCalor bulk

Bonding – filling – light-curing: You are aiming to fill even large cavities in only these three working steps? To achieve that, are you looking for a restorative material which combines the two properties of flowability at the point of insertion into the cavity and immediate sculptability before light-curing?

 

By heating it extraorally to approx. 68° C, VisCalor bulk can be inserted into the cavity in an initially flowable state, and it flows optimally onto the cavity walls and into undercut areas. Then its consistency changes within seconds and the material can subsequently be sculpted in the way you are used to with packable composites.

 

VisCalor bulk is the world’s first restorative material with “Thermo-Viscous Technology“, specially developed for being heated.

 

In a clinical study, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Manhart (Munich) investigated the new thermoviscous bulk fill composite being used for defects with cusp replacement. Click here for the clinical case report.

Integration into exocad
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exocad Product view in exocad

The ideal combination for your digital workflow

exocad and VOCO announced today details of a new cooperation which brings added benefits for customers. 

exocad offers flexible, reliable and easy-to-use digital dentistry software applications. With the addition of the subtractive restorative materials Grandio blocs and Grandio disc as well as the V-Print 3D printing materials from VOCO GmbH, the partnership offers users an even broader material spectrum for digital production.

Grandio blocs / disc can now be found in DentalCAD and V-Print in the Model Creator module. The material-related design parameters simplify the production of the respective milling and printing materials and enable a reliable and efficient process chain in digital dentistry.
“The integration of the VOCO materials into our DentalCAD laboratory software and easy-to-use presets for the creation of models further expand our material databases and allow effortless use of products from all leading material manufacturers,” said Akira Schüttler, Systems Integration Engineer at exocad.

 

With the Grandio blocs nanoceramic hybrid CAD/CAM blocks and Grandio disc discs for inlays/onlays, veneers and single crowns, VOCO now makes it possible to utilize all the strengths and benefits of the very successful Grandio product family within the field of digital prosthetics.

 

The completely polymerized Grandio blocs and disc set new standards by offering vastly superior material strength. With a filler content of 86%, they are the most highly filled in their class. The biaxial flexural strength also achieves values which are normally only associated with glass ceramics, yet the Grandio blocs and Grandio disc are significantly more antagonist-friendly and can be milled more finely to achieve an even greater fit accuracy.

With Grandio blocs/Grandio disc, there is no need for the time-consuming firing process; they can be processed quickly and simply with any conventional milling/grinding equipment on the market and they can also be optimally polished.

V-Print splint and V-Print model from the 3D printing materials range are integrated into exocad’s Model Creator module.

 

V-Print splint is a class IIa medical device light-curing acrylic designed for the generative production of materials using a 385 nm LED DLP printer. The printing material is suitable for therapeutic splints and bleaching splints as well as auxiliary parts and functional parts for dental diagnostics.

The printing material V-Print model beige is a light-curing resin which is suitable for the additive production of precision components for all dental models. The material allows optimal visibility of preparation margins and prevents showing through when applying shades to restorations – particularly in the case of stumps. V-Print model beige impresses with its smooth and scratch-resistant surface and the material is suitable for DLP printers with a UV LED spectrum of 385 nm.

Further information on the products is available at www.voco.dental.

 

About VOCO:

VOCO, which is headquartered in Cuxhaven, Germany, is known around the world as a specialist in the production of dental materials. The company applies the very latest scientific findings in its state-of-the-art laboratories and production rooms to develop and produce high-quality dental preparations which are trusted by dentists and dental laboratories in more than 100 countries. Export sales currently account for more than 80 per cent of the company’s turnover.

The product range comprises around 100 preparations from different product groups for preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. VOCO continually sets new benchmarks in the field of high-performance restorative materials and launched not only the first nano-hybrid composite on the market in 2003 with Grandio, but also the first purely ceramic-based restorative material with Admira Fusion in 2015. The Grandio blocs CAD/CAM blocks, the SolFlex 3D printer and the V-Print printing materials have also been included in the portfolio since 2017.

 

About exocad GmbH:

exocad GmbH is a dynamic and innovative software company committed to expanding the possibilities of digital dentistry and providing OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) with flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use CAD/CAM software for dental labs and dental practices. exocad software has been chosen by leading OEMs worldwide for integration into their dental CAD/CAM offerings, and thousands of exocad DentalCAD licenses are sold each year. For more information and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit exocad.com.

 

exocad GmbH, Natalia Gonsior – Product Marketing Specialist, Julius-Reiber-Str. 37, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany, T +49 (0)6151 6294-132, F +49 (0)6151 6294-899

Lecture at the University of Malmö
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Lecture at the University of Malmö, Sweden on 13.03.2019

On 13.03.2019 a lecture with the topic "Nano-Hybrid Composite and ORMOCERE: Basics and Clinical Cases" took place at the University of Malmö in front of the students of the 10th semester (graduation year). The renowned dentist and VOCO Fellow from Copenhagen, Dr. Eren Cicek, impressively presented these two product groups in his lecture – from the chemical composition to the product properties and daily use in everyday practice.
GrandioSO, a universal composite for the highest demands, served as an example for the nano-hybrid composites. Among other things, Dr. Cicek described the striking combination of functionalized nanoparticles together with special glass ceramics, whereby the enormously high filler content of 89 % by weight can be achieved. From this and also from the low resin content result the excellent properties of GrandioSO, which the students were able to convince themselves of during the presentation of several clinical cases.


The ORMOCER technology was, of course, illustrated using Admira Fusion, the world's first purely ceramic-based nano-hybrid ORMOCER filling material. Dr. Cicek spoke about the innovative combination of the proven nano-hybrid technology with ORMOCER technology and the resulting combination of the advantages of both filling systems. Another area of focus regarding ORMOCERES was placed on the excellent biocompatibility due to the absence of classical monomers. The universal applicability was illustrated and made tangible by means of various clinical cases.


With this lecture, the students had the opportunity to get to know two universally applicable filling materials that meet all requirements, both physically and aesthetically.
 

Meets us at ADC 2019!
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VisCalor bulk

On coming 38th Australian Dental Congress in Adelaide VOCO will present the world’s first restorative material VisCalor bulk with thermoviscous technology which combines the benefits of both flowable and sculptable materials. VisCalor bulk can be placed in a single step up to 4 mm without additional layers. Extraoral warmed up the composite can initially be placed in the cavity in flowable form, but then changes its consistency within a few seconds to become sculptable.

 

Prof. Hepburn will present newest findings and clinical evidences on restorative composites focusing on polymerization shrinkage stress, adhesive interface and surrounding tissues, cavity design, material selection and certain insertion techniques. Dr. Alejandro Hepburn is associate Professor at the Endodontics Department, University of Buenos Aires Dental School in Argentina, and a Regular Professor at the Oral Rehabilitation Post Grade Career, University del Desarrollo Dental School in Chile.

 

https://www.ada.org.au/congress-2019-website/Speakers/International/Internationals/Alejandro-Hepburn

Lectures focus on world first VisCalor bulk
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IDS-Redner

The halls of the Köln Messe will be full once again from 12 to 16 March. Hundreds of exhibitors from the dentistry sector and thousands of visitors are expected to attend the International Dental Show (IDS). And VOCO will once again be a part of this year’s IDS extravaganza, and will be holding a comprehensive range of lectures in addition to its presentation of new and focus products. The practice-oriented and succinct lectures will present a wide range of information and expertise regarding VOCO’s filling materials, and in particular the VisCalor bulk, which will be being presented at the trade fair for the very first time, and the Admira Fusion, the world’s first ceramic filling material. The brief lectures will take place right at the VOCO main trade fair booth R008 + S009 in hall 10.2. A detailed overview including the lectures at the additional booth P010 can be found here.

 

At 13:00 on Friday 15 March, VOCO’s Dental Knowledge Manager Klaus-Peter Hoffmann will be giving a lecture on VisCalor bulk, the world’s first thermoviscous composite, as part of the “Dental Tribune Study Club”. If you can’t make it to this lecture, why not come along to the “Speaker’s Corner” at 15:30 on either Wednesday 13 March or Friday 15 March, where Klaus-Peter Hoffmann will also be talking about VisCalor bulk. At 15:30 on Thursday 14 March, Knowledge Communication Manager Matthias Mehring will be giving a lecture at the “Speaker’s Corner” on “The first filling ceramic – Admira Fusion”.

New VOCO prophylaxis stand at the IDS
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Mache ein Selfie mit VOCOs Molarius.

The countdown to the IDS in Cologne has started. At the 38th International Dental Show, countless visitors from all around the world will have the chance to discover new products from the dental industry. VOCO will also be present on three trade fair stands – and for the first time, this will include a special prophylaxis stand.

 

Fluoridation, protection, care, sealing: this will be the focus of exhibits in Hall 5.2. VOCO also has a stand this year and will be exhibiting its complete oral care portfolio. From Clean Joy, the tooth cleaning and polishing paste, through to VOCO’s Profluorid Varnish and Perfect Bleach, the tooth whitening gel, you will find everything there. Come to the VOCO stand and talk to the prophylaxis experts and, of course, also try out the products yourself. Haven’t you always wanted to know what the mint, caramel, melon, cherry and bubble gum flavours of the fluoride-containing varnish actually taste like?

 

VOCO has created an exciting trade fair promotion for all fans of the cuddly VOCO tooth, Molarius. Anyone who takes a selfie with the giant-sized Molarius and then uploads the photo to Instagram with the hashtag “VOCOmeetsIDS” will be in with a chance to win the main prize of a spa weekend for two in Cuxhaven, the home of VOCO. So you see, our stand C040 is well worth a visit.

 

In addition to the new prophylaxis stand, VOCO is also exhibiting at its two familiar stands in Hall 10.2. VOCO will be presenting a real world first here. With VisCalor bulk, VOCO is launching the very first thermoviscous composite, which combines the benefits of both flowable and carvable materials. The special properties of the restorative material allow the dentist to be as flexible as possible when placing a restoration. At the same time, VOCO has expanded its range of precision impression materials. The portfolio of successful V-Posil products is now complemented with the putty material V-Posil Putty fast in large cartridge format.

 

VOCO stands: Hall 5.2 (C040) and Hall 10.2 (R008/S009 and P010)

VisCalor Dispenser – heating and application with a single device
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VisCalor Dispenser – heating and application with a single device

Now, for the first time, composite Caps can be warmed and applied immediately using just one device – VOCO’s VisCalor Dispenser makes it quick and easy.

The Cap heats up extremely quickly (approx. 30 sec) thanks to the near-infrared technology integrated in the dispenser. An acoustic signal indicates that the material is ready to be applied directly from the dispenser.

The VisCalor Dispenser is the perfect device to use in combination with VisCalor bulk. This material is the world’s first nanohybrid composite specially developed for heating up. The increase in temperature gives the material a lower viscosity, allowing it to flow optimally on margins and undercut regions. This also prevents air bubbles and minimises the risk of marginal gaps. The VisCalor Dispenser has two heating programmes: one for VisCalor bulk and one for all other VOCO composites.

 

 

 

 

V-Posil Putty Fast – addition to the product line
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V-Posil Putty Fast – addition to the product line

Modern impression materials have to meet a whole range of demands. Dentists require a material that provides a particularly high level of precision, while a convenient working time combined with a short intraoral setting time are also on the wish list. The material needs to offer high fracture resistance and dimensional accuracy plus a high degree of resilience.

V-Posil, the precision impression material from VOCO, based on addition silicone technology, meets all of these requirements. The successful product line has now been extended to include a putty material in large cartridge format.

V-Posil Putty Fast is used as a carrier material for the following techniques:

            •           Putty and wash technique (two-stage)

            •           Sandwich technique (single-stage)

            •           Putty and wash technique using a spacer foil

            •           Or as an impression material for functional margin shaping

 

With an intraoral setting time of 2:30 minutes, V-Posil Putty Fast from the cartridge is also considered a fast-setting material. This saves time for the dentist while also improving patient comfort. The material has a Shore A hardness of 63, meaning that it is particularly recommended for the putty and wash technique. The material has 99.5% elastic recovery from deformation, which ensures precise pouring results and therefore perfectly fitting restorations.

 

VisCalor bulk - thermoviscous bulk fill composite
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VisCalor bulk - thermoviscous bulk fill composite

For dentists, restorative treatments are an everyday procedure. Depending on the type of cavity, there are various options available. If an adhesive technique is selected, there is then another decision to be made. Dentists often start by using a flowable composite, which flows optimally onto the cavity walls in the area of the cavity floor, but is then difficult to carve. To solve this problem, the dentist either uses a carvable material as an additional layer, or alternatively may decide to use a carvable bulk composite right from the outset, which can be placed in a single step.

 

The job of deciding which technique to use is now a thing of the past because with VOCO’s VisCalor bulk, there is now a new composite that combines the benefits of both techniques (composite bonded to flow). 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 carvable.

 

VisCalor bulk is heated to approx. 68°C before it can be applied. It is also a 4 mm bulk material and does not need to be applied in layers. VisCalor bulk is available in four shades (A1, A2, A3, universal) and covers the entire indication range for classes I, II and V restorations.

GrandioSO Light Flow - Interview with dentist Dr. Arne Kersting
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GrandioSO Light Flow - Interview with dentist Dr. Arne Kersting

VOCO's specialists are constantly working on the development of new products to always offer the best possible solutions for the demanding field of dentistry. But how do researchers and developers get to know the needs of dentists so well? Quite simply - often from the dentists themselves. This is also the case with the new nano-hybrid composite GrandioSO Light Flow. Dr. Arne Kersting, a dentist from Cuxhaven, provided important impulses for this product. His wish: a composite that is extremely flowable and thus perfectly suited for areas that are difficult to access as well as small cavities. The result: GrandioSO Light Flow, a low-viscosity nano-hybrid composite for extremely delicate applications. In addition to its flow properties, the composite scores with a filler content of 76 % and with its high aesthetic standard. Of course, Dr. Kersting was the first to test GrandioSO Light Flow after product completion. VOCO says "thank you" for this great suggestion - and for the interview!

GrandioSO Light Flow
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GrandioSO Light Flow

Filling small cavities and the repair of defects are recurring tasks in the dental practice. The primary goal is minimally invasive treatment to minimise the loss of healthy tooth substance. For these precise applications, dentists require a highly flowable material which at the same time displays the familiar excellent physical properties and resilience of a packable restorative composite. 

 

To meet this requirement, VOCO has now expanded the proven GrandioSO product range with a low-viscosity nano-hybrid composite – GrandioSO Light Flow. The new flowable composite is thin-flowing, precise and high-strength. Above all, the product’s assets lie in the possibility of targeted and precise application with an extra fine cannula, which is even finer than a periodontal probe. This makes it possible to avoid generating excess residues and save on material.

 

In addition, the product also impresses with superb physical properties despite its excellent flowability. For example, with a filler content of 76% by weight and a 3-point flexural strength of 151 MPa, it effortlessly attains values similar to those of a packable composite.

 

GrandioSO Light Flow thus represents an optimal addition for delicate and customised applications where top precision is key!

Structur CAD
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Structur CAD

Long-term temporaries created reliably and rapidly using CAD/CAM

Looking for an aesthetic long-term temporary which delivers on its promises and can also be created quickly and easily? We offer the solution with Structur CAD, the composite for CAD/CAM-produced temporary restorations.

 

Structur CAD is a filled composite whose fillers ensure a high quality and thus a safe and reliable wearing period, in particular for long-term temporaries. As such, Structur CAD represents the latest generation of temporary restorations. This material class also offers a whole range of advantages for processing: Structur CAD has an outstanding edge stability after milling, in addition to which polishing is easy and takes next to no time. Its fluorescence is similar to that of natural teeth and contributes to the patient’s feeling of well-being when wearing the temporary. CAD/CAM-produced temporary restorations are precise, easy to reproduce and can be customised in exactly the same way as permanent restorations. And to round off the working process, luting can also be done to suit your requirements exactly – either with temporary luting cement or usng an adhesive for longer wearing periods.

 

Structur CAD is available in shades A1, A2 and A3 as a size 40L block and as a disc with a thickness of 20 mm (diameter 98.4 mm).

V-Print cast
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V-Print cast

The casting and pressing technique often forms the basis for the fabrication of dental restorations. Patient-specific restorations are created as one-off pieces in a whole range of detailed working steps in the dental laboratory. Conventional wax-up is a very time-intensive process during this procedure.

 

If the resulting cast or pressed object is defective, the dental technician’s work is usually lost and the wax-up model of the restoration must be started from scratch.

 

Dental restorations can be designed to suit precise requirements using the CAD software. V-Print cast and 3D printing technology make it possible to fabricate burn-out objects which are precise and can be reproduced multiple times. This minimises the risk and time involved in case of a casting failure.

 

V-Print cast is a residue-free burning 3D printing material for the production of all types of objects for casting processes and pressed ceramics. Its high dimensional stability and edge stability allow reliable checking of the occlusion and of the lateral movements on the model. Even in the light-cured state, any necessary finishing can be carried out in a way which does not damage the instruments. Embedding is done with commercially available, phosphate-bonded bedding compounds. V-Print cast is suitable for conventional heating and for the speed casting method.

 

Like all V-Print printing materials, V-Print cast is also sedimentation-stable, thus allowing unsupervised overnight printing.

Cooperation VOCO / ASIGA
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Cooperation VOCO / ASIGA

As a global player in, among others, the field of dental composites, VOCO has established a cooperation with ASIGA, Australian-based manufacturer of 3D printers. In fact, the material settings of VOCO‘s V-Print printing materials were recently tested, approved and made available for Asiga’s Max UV 3D printer.

 

It’s a win-win-win situation. ASIGA has gained a competent partner for materials, and VOCO in turn a specialist in additive manufacturing. All in all, the valid combination of 3D printers and 3D printing materials is a big plus for the user. Customers of VOCO and Asiga benefit from a wider choice and can thus act with flexibility in their daily business.

Exactly as intended by VOCO and Asiga.

 

The following VOCO V-Print printing materials are available for the Asiga MAX UV:

 

V-Print splint     

  • Therapeutic splints
  • Auxiliary parts and functional parts for diagnostics
  • Bleaching splints (home bleaching)

 

V-Print model beige     

  • Dental working and presentation models

 

V-Print SG     

  • Dental drilling templates
A new smile in just a few hours
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Miguel Stanley

Grandio blocs are perfect for producing and placing restorations in just a few hours.

 

Time savings for the patient and dentist alike are an important argument in modern dentistry, with a high-quality and aesthetically pleasing restoration as the result. That is optimally achievable with Grandio blocs, the nanoceramic hybrid CAD/CAM blocks. For one thing, the time-consuming firing process is no longer necessary and for another, the blocks can be processed more quickly using milling devices. The aesthetics are every bit as good as with ceramic systems, not least thanks to the excellent polishability of Grandio blocs and disc. Individualisation or customisation of the restorations produced from Grandio blocs is also possible in next to no time and with the greatest of ease thanks to the adhesive technique.

 

Given their far superior material strength, the fully polymerised blocks set new standards. At a filler content of 86%, Grandio blocs are the most highly filled in their class. The biaxial flexural strength also achieves outstanding values which are normally only associated with silicate ceramics, but the Grandio bloc is significantly more antagonist-friendly. Another plus is that Grandio blocs can be milled more finely to achieve an even greater accuracy of fit.

Grandio blocs can be processed using standard milling devices. They come in two sizes for inlays/onlays and single crowns as well as in two translucency levels for anterior and posterior restorations.

 

Furthermore, Grandio blocs are also available as discs in the form of Grandio disc.

 

But don’t just take our word for it: see for yourself and check out Miguel Stanley’s impressive case (Private Practice at White Clinic, Lisbon, Portugal):

A clinical case report on VisCalor bulk
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VisCalor bulk

Bonding – filling – light-curing: You are aiming to fill even large cavities in only these three working steps? To achieve that, are you looking for a restorative material which combines the two properties of flowability at the point of insertion into the cavity and immediate sculptability before light-curing?

 

By heating it extraorally to approx. 68° C, VisCalor bulk can be inserted into the cavity in an initially flowable state, and it flows optimally onto the cavity walls and into undercut areas. Then its consistency changes within seconds and the material can subsequently be sculpted in the way you are used to with packable composites.

 

VisCalor bulk is the world’s first restorative material with “Thermo-Viscous Technology“, specially developed for being heated.

 

In a clinical study, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Manhart (Munich) investigated the new thermoviscous bulk fill composite being used for defects with cusp replacement. Click here for the clinical case report.

Integration into exocad
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The ideal combination for your digital workflow

exocad and VOCO announced today details of a new cooperation which brings added benefits for customers. 

exocad offers flexible, reliable and easy-to-use digital dentistry software applications. With the addition of the subtractive restorative materials Grandio blocs and Grandio disc as well as the V-Print 3D printing materials from VOCO GmbH, the partnership offers users an even broader material spectrum for digital production.

Grandio blocs / disc can now be found in DentalCAD and V-Print in the Model Creator module. The material-related design parameters simplify the production of the respective milling and printing materials and enable a reliable and efficient process chain in digital dentistry.
“The integration of the VOCO materials into our DentalCAD laboratory software and easy-to-use presets for the creation of models further expand our material databases and allow effortless use of products from all leading material manufacturers,” said Akira Schüttler, Systems Integration Engineer at exocad.

 

With the Grandio blocs nanoceramic hybrid CAD/CAM blocks and Grandio disc discs for inlays/onlays, veneers and single crowns, VOCO now makes it possible to utilize all the strengths and benefits of the very successful Grandio product family within the field of digital prosthetics.

 

The completely polymerized Grandio blocs and disc set new standards by offering vastly superior material strength. With a filler content of 86%, they are the most highly filled in their class. The biaxial flexural strength also achieves values which are normally only associated with glass ceramics, yet the Grandio blocs and Grandio disc are significantly more antagonist-friendly and can be milled more finely to achieve an even greater fit accuracy.

With Grandio blocs/Grandio disc, there is no need for the time-consuming firing process; they can be processed quickly and simply with any conventional milling/grinding equipment on the market and they can also be optimally polished.

V-Print splint and V-Print model from the 3D printing materials range are integrated into exocad’s Model Creator module.

 

V-Print splint is a class IIa medical device light-curing acrylic designed for the generative production of materials using a 385 nm LED DLP printer. The printing material is suitable for therapeutic splints and bleaching splints as well as auxiliary parts and functional parts for dental diagnostics.

The printing material V-Print model beige is a light-curing resin which is suitable for the additive production of precision components for all dental models. The material allows optimal visibility of preparation margins and prevents showing through when applying shades to restorations – particularly in the case of stumps. V-Print model beige impresses with its smooth and scratch-resistant surface and the material is suitable for DLP printers with a UV LED spectrum of 385 nm.

Further information on the products is available at www.voco.dental.

 

About VOCO:

VOCO, which is headquartered in Cuxhaven, Germany, is known around the world as a specialist in the production of dental materials. The company applies the very latest scientific findings in its state-of-the-art laboratories and production rooms to develop and produce high-quality dental preparations which are trusted by dentists and dental laboratories in more than 100 countries. Export sales currently account for more than 80 per cent of the company’s turnover.

The product range comprises around 100 preparations from different product groups for preventive, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. VOCO continually sets new benchmarks in the field of high-performance restorative materials and launched not only the first nano-hybrid composite on the market in 2003 with Grandio, but also the first purely ceramic-based restorative material with Admira Fusion in 2015. The Grandio blocs CAD/CAM blocks, the SolFlex 3D printer and the V-Print printing materials have also been included in the portfolio since 2017.

 

About exocad GmbH:

exocad GmbH is a dynamic and innovative software company committed to expanding the possibilities of digital dentistry and providing OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) with flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use CAD/CAM software for dental labs and dental practices. exocad software has been chosen by leading OEMs worldwide for integration into their dental CAD/CAM offerings, and thousands of exocad DentalCAD licenses are sold each year. For more information and a list of exocad reseller partners, please visit exocad.com.

 

exocad GmbH, Natalia Gonsior – Product Marketing Specialist, Julius-Reiber-Str. 37, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany, T +49 (0)6151 6294-132, F +49 (0)6151 6294-899

VisCalor Dispenser – heating and application with a single device
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VisCalor Dispenser – heating and application with a single device

Now, for the first time, composite Caps can be warmed and applied immediately using just one device – VOCO’s VisCalor Dispenser makes it quick and easy.

The Cap heats up extremely quickly (approx. 30 sec) thanks to the near-infrared technology integrated in the dispenser. An acoustic signal indicates that the material is ready to be applied directly from the dispenser.

The VisCalor Dispenser is the perfect device to use in combination with VisCalor bulk. This material is the world’s first nanohybrid composite specially developed for heating up. The increase in temperature gives the material a lower viscosity, allowing it to flow optimally on margins and undercut regions. This also prevents air bubbles and minimises the risk of marginal gaps. The VisCalor Dispenser has two heating programmes: one for VisCalor bulk and one for all other VOCO composites.

 

 

 

 

V-Posil Putty Fast – addition to the product line
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V-Posil Putty Fast – addition to the product line

Modern impression materials have to meet a whole range of demands. Dentists require a material that provides a particularly high level of precision, while a convenient working time combined with a short intraoral setting time are also on the wish list. The material needs to offer high fracture resistance and dimensional accuracy plus a high degree of resilience.

V-Posil, the precision impression material from VOCO, based on addition silicone technology, meets all of these requirements. The successful product line has now been extended to include a putty material in large cartridge format.

V-Posil Putty Fast is used as a carrier material for the following techniques:

            •           Putty and wash technique (two-stage)

            •           Sandwich technique (single-stage)

            •           Putty and wash technique using a spacer foil

            •           Or as an impression material for functional margin shaping

 

With an intraoral setting time of 2:30 minutes, V-Posil Putty Fast from the cartridge is also considered a fast-setting material. This saves time for the dentist while also improving patient comfort. The material has a Shore A hardness of 63, meaning that it is particularly recommended for the putty and wash technique. The material has 99.5% elastic recovery from deformation, which ensures precise pouring results and therefore perfectly fitting restorations.

 

VisCalor bulk - thermoviscous bulk fill composite
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VisCalor bulk - thermoviscous bulk fill composite

For dentists, restorative treatments are an everyday procedure. Depending on the type of cavity, there are various options available. If an adhesive technique is selected, there is then another decision to be made. Dentists often start by using a flowable composite, which flows optimally onto the cavity walls in the area of the cavity floor, but is then difficult to carve. To solve this problem, the dentist either uses a carvable material as an additional layer, or alternatively may decide to use a carvable bulk composite right from the outset, which can be placed in a single step.

 

The job of deciding which technique to use is now a thing of the past because with VOCO’s VisCalor bulk, there is now a new composite that combines the benefits of both techniques (composite bonded to flow). 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 carvable.

 

VisCalor bulk is heated to approx. 68°C before it can be applied. It is also a 4 mm bulk material and does not need to be applied in layers. VisCalor bulk is available in four shades (A1, A2, A3, universal) and covers the entire indication range for classes I, II and V restorations.

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.

Slow Dentistry: become the best slowly but surely!
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Slow Dentistry Top European opinion leader and world Slow Dentistry pioneer: Dr Miguel Stanley Save the Date

First meeting in London on 23rd November

Everyone wants to be successful. So, when and how do we decide we’re finally successful enough? If you’re sick and tired of hearing at event after event how you can milk that little bit more out of your practice with “higher, further, faster” methods, then you can now breathe a sigh of relief: That’s the last thing you can expect at the world’s first SlowDentistry meeting on 23rd November 2019 in London. The Swiss organisation shows you how to deliver a podium performance in dental disciplines with the opposite of all that hectic clamouring for success. Improved standards, more time – one of the most sought-after opinion leaders of our time explains why that’s the route that leads to dentistry of the highest calibre: Dr Miguel Stanley.

 

The Portuguese dentist runs the White Clinic in Lisbon, one of the country’s most acclaimed dental facilities, which welcomes patients from all over Europe and even further afield. This kind of success is no coincidence and cannot be explained merely by a team of premium specialists and an outstanding range of modern instruments and equipment. There is another thing which also distinguishes Dr Miguel Stanley from many of his colleagues: his philosophy.

 

Unlike the majority, he is not interested in methods that save as much time and generate as much profit as possible. His aim is not to treat as many patients as possible in his practice on one day. Dr Stanley is one of the first proponents of the Slow Dentistry movement, which originated in Switzerland, where the eponymous organisation also has its headquarters.

 

Awareness of safety, understanding, well-being and comfort

 

Slow Dentistry doesn’t leave anyone waiting – quite the contrary in fact. It delivers outstanding treatment quality, as the practitioner doesn’t just take time for dental problems. He also has a whole range of secondary aspects on his radar: from practice workflows to the patient’s general well-being. The four cornerstones of the Slow Dentistry concept are awareness of the patient’s safety, understanding, well-being and comfort. It sounds like an easy goal to achieve, but it can truly revolutionise the way a practice is run – to both the patient’s and dentist’s satisfaction.

 

Dr Miguel Stanley knows from experience: “The majority of clinics are so focussed on patient satisfaction with regard to the whole picture that they often lose sight of the small details such as comprehensive disinfection between two treatments. However, it is fundamentally important to take time in this critical area in particular if you want to prevent cross-contaminations.” There he mentions one of the essential aspects of Slow Dentistry, which challenges dentists to invest more time in each patient, focus more strongly on hygiene, ensure the patient can follow the treatment steps and take care of people’s general well-being.

 

VOCO helps with first steps in Slow Dentistry

 

The results are excellence and satisfaction: “My patients decide intentionally to invest a little more as they know that we devote a great deal of attention to their overall well-being, not just their dental health,” said Dr Stanley. And this is why he wants to share his experiences and the way to get there.

 

It is also why he is one of eight internationally renowned dentists speaking at the first Slow Dentistry meeting on 23rd November and demonstrating how the concept can be integrated into the workflows in any practice. Dr Stanley said, “I am very proud to be part of this network.” You can find out more about how you, too, can become a part of it with the wealth of information available in the scope of the Slow Dentistry world première in London. We can already reveal:

 

As an exclusive partner of the meeting, VOCO will be covering the membership fee for Slow Dentistry for whole year for the first 200 dentists who register. 

 

INFO ON EXCLUSIVE SLOW DENTISTRY MEETING

World première: on 23rd November, eight internationally renowned dentists will be speaking at the first Slow Dentistry meeting in London, explaining what routes aside from conventional practice management can lead to successes even far beyond the established goals. Successes which are not achieved with hectic “higher, further, faster” methods, but by raising standards across the board. The patient and dentist alike benefit from improved safety, understanding and comfort.

 

6th DEAF - Dental Forum in Cuxhaven
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The 6th Dental Forum for Deaf Dental Technicians, organised by master dental technician André Thorwarth and his team, took place in Cuxhaven in the spring of 2019. Sign language interpreters translated the expert dental lectures in a way that was comprehensible for the approximately 90 dental technicians who had travelled from all over Germany. In addition to material issues, the spotlight was on digitisation in dental technology as a lecture topic. With his presentation on 3D printing in dentistry, Martin Göbel of local enterprise VOCO GmbH provided interesting insights into additive manufacturing technology. At the VOCO information stand the participants then had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the VOCO SolFlex 3D printers and the V-Print printing materials developed for additive manufacturing in dentistry.

Fellowship Symposium with Partners from 26 Nations
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47 dentists convened for the "International Fellowship Symposium" organised by t Even though it was a full schedule of lectures: Before, during and after the tal  Those who wanted to not only had the opportunity to talk to colleagues during th  VOCO employee Dr. Matthias Mehring in conversation with participants of the 4th

"These were very intensive days of exchange with colleagues and friends", "Thank you for the inspiring lectures and the great experience" or "I always love being here" - this (or similar) was the conclusion of 47 dentists who came together for the four-day "International Fellowship Symposium 2019" at VOCO headquarters in Cuxhaven. For this, they gladly accepted a sometimes very long journey. After all, dentists from Europe, North and South America and Asia do not meet up every day to give lectures, exchange ideas with colleagues or simply to have a personal word with VOCO’s "dentalists".

 

Right at the beginning of the first day of the event, there was a very special item on the agenda. After the welcoming words by Managing Director Olaf Sauerbier, Dr. Miguel Stanley took the microphone for the one-hour opening lecture on the subject "Life-Changing Dentistry: How to Plan Success into your Practice". The Portuguese runs the White Clinic in Lisbon, one of the leading dental centres of the world.

 

A wide variety of topics

 

After that, the speakers took turns on stage every 15 minutes. They presented a wide variety of topics, including lectures on "Digital Flow in Restorative Dentistry“, "Prevention and Minimally Invasive Treatment", "Minimal Invased Dentistry for Young Patients with Dental Erosion", or "Restauration of Vertical Dimension of Occlusion with Prepless Occlusal Veneers". Those who were not themselves on stage giving a lecture pulled out their smartphone or camera to capture the information in images. The programme offered a colourful blend of scientific, evidence-based dentistry and documentation of very practice-based cases.

 

"At this year's VIFS, we were again able to welcome a quantitatively and qualitatively strong field of participants and, together with our Fellows, shed light on various dental topics from the point of view of manufacturers and dentists. At the same time, the information and recommendations received from our Fellows represent an important contribution to our research and development work. The event was again of benefit to both sides and will therefore produce a lasting synergy effect. In addition, with an event of this kind, size and quality, VOCO is certainly also making a clear statement in the dental market", said the symposium directors Dr. Kai Klimek and Dr. Matthias Mehring from the Department of Knowledge Communication.

Lecture at the University of Malmö
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Lecture at the University of Malmö, Sweden on 13.03.2019

On 13.03.2019 a lecture with the topic "Nano-Hybrid Composite and ORMOCERE: Basics and Clinical Cases" took place at the University of Malmö in front of the students of the 10th semester (graduation year). The renowned dentist and VOCO Fellow from Copenhagen, Dr. Eren Cicek, impressively presented these two product groups in his lecture – from the chemical composition to the product properties and daily use in everyday practice.
GrandioSO, a universal composite for the highest demands, served as an example for the nano-hybrid composites. Among other things, Dr. Cicek described the striking combination of functionalized nanoparticles together with special glass ceramics, whereby the enormously high filler content of 89 % by weight can be achieved. From this and also from the low resin content result the excellent properties of GrandioSO, which the students were able to convince themselves of during the presentation of several clinical cases.


The ORMOCER technology was, of course, illustrated using Admira Fusion, the world's first purely ceramic-based nano-hybrid ORMOCER filling material. Dr. Cicek spoke about the innovative combination of the proven nano-hybrid technology with ORMOCER technology and the resulting combination of the advantages of both filling systems. Another area of focus regarding ORMOCERES was placed on the excellent biocompatibility due to the absence of classical monomers. The universal applicability was illustrated and made tangible by means of various clinical cases.


With this lecture, the students had the opportunity to get to know two universally applicable filling materials that meet all requirements, both physically and aesthetically.
 

Meets us at ADC 2019!
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VisCalor bulk

On coming 38th Australian Dental Congress in Adelaide VOCO will present the world’s first restorative material VisCalor bulk with thermoviscous technology which combines the benefits of both flowable and sculptable materials. VisCalor bulk can be placed in a single step up to 4 mm without additional layers. Extraoral warmed up the composite can initially be placed in the cavity in flowable form, but then changes its consistency within a few seconds to become sculptable.

 

Prof. Hepburn will present newest findings and clinical evidences on restorative composites focusing on polymerization shrinkage stress, adhesive interface and surrounding tissues, cavity design, material selection and certain insertion techniques. Dr. Alejandro Hepburn is associate Professor at the Endodontics Department, University of Buenos Aires Dental School in Argentina, and a Regular Professor at the Oral Rehabilitation Post Grade Career, University del Desarrollo Dental School in Chile.

 

https://www.ada.org.au/congress-2019-website/Speakers/International/Internationals/Alejandro-Hepburn

Lectures focus on world first VisCalor bulk
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IDS-Redner

The halls of the Köln Messe will be full once again from 12 to 16 March. Hundreds of exhibitors from the dentistry sector and thousands of visitors are expected to attend the International Dental Show (IDS). And VOCO will once again be a part of this year’s IDS extravaganza, and will be holding a comprehensive range of lectures in addition to its presentation of new and focus products. The practice-oriented and succinct lectures will present a wide range of information and expertise regarding VOCO’s filling materials, and in particular the VisCalor bulk, which will be being presented at the trade fair for the very first time, and the Admira Fusion, the world’s first ceramic filling material. The brief lectures will take place right at the VOCO main trade fair booth R008 + S009 in hall 10.2. A detailed overview including the lectures at the additional booth P010 can be found here.

 

At 13:00 on Friday 15 March, VOCO’s Dental Knowledge Manager Klaus-Peter Hoffmann will be giving a lecture on VisCalor bulk, the world’s first thermoviscous composite, as part of the “Dental Tribune Study Club”. If you can’t make it to this lecture, why not come along to the “Speaker’s Corner” at 15:30 on either Wednesday 13 March or Friday 15 March, where Klaus-Peter Hoffmann will also be talking about VisCalor bulk. At 15:30 on Thursday 14 March, Knowledge Communication Manager Matthias Mehring will be giving a lecture at the “Speaker’s Corner” on “The first filling ceramic – Admira Fusion”.

New VOCO prophylaxis stand at the IDS
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Mache ein Selfie mit VOCOs Molarius.

The countdown to the IDS in Cologne has started. At the 38th International Dental Show, countless visitors from all around the world will have the chance to discover new products from the dental industry. VOCO will also be present on three trade fair stands – and for the first time, this will include a special prophylaxis stand.

 

Fluoridation, protection, care, sealing: this will be the focus of exhibits in Hall 5.2. VOCO also has a stand this year and will be exhibiting its complete oral care portfolio. From Clean Joy, the tooth cleaning and polishing paste, through to VOCO’s Profluorid Varnish and Perfect Bleach, the tooth whitening gel, you will find everything there. Come to the VOCO stand and talk to the prophylaxis experts and, of course, also try out the products yourself. Haven’t you always wanted to know what the mint, caramel, melon, cherry and bubble gum flavours of the fluoride-containing varnish actually taste like?

 

VOCO has created an exciting trade fair promotion for all fans of the cuddly VOCO tooth, Molarius. Anyone who takes a selfie with the giant-sized Molarius and then uploads the photo to Instagram with the hashtag “VOCOmeetsIDS” will be in with a chance to win the main prize of a spa weekend for two in Cuxhaven, the home of VOCO. So you see, our stand C040 is well worth a visit.

 

In addition to the new prophylaxis stand, VOCO is also exhibiting at its two familiar stands in Hall 10.2. VOCO will be presenting a real world first here. With VisCalor bulk, VOCO is launching the very first thermoviscous composite, which combines the benefits of both flowable and carvable materials. The special properties of the restorative material allow the dentist to be as flexible as possible when placing a restoration. At the same time, VOCO has expanded its range of precision impression materials. The portfolio of successful V-Posil products is now complemented with the putty material V-Posil Putty fast in large cartridge format.

 

VOCO stands: Hall 5.2 (C040) and Hall 10.2 (R008/S009 and P010)

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.