Press Area

6th DEAF - Dental Forum in Cuxhaven
Event News

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
Event News
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
Product News
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
Product News
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
Product News
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
Event News
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.
 

Lectures focus on world first VisCalor bulk
Event News
IDS speakers

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”.

About IDS: Stay fully informed with the VOCO app
Company News
Stay fully informed with the VOCO app.

Visitors to the IDS in Cologne will once again have hundreds of specialist lectures, product information and exhibitors to choose from, but may only have a few days or even hours to see it all. It is therefore extremely important to plan the visit well and in good time. That’s why VOCO has created an app for the IDS to make it easier for visitors to find their way around during the trade fair and to find out important information. 

 

With its clearly designed menu, VOCO’s practical app for the IDS means that an overview of the VOCO product highlights and many other features are just a fingertip away. The user-friendly app also provides quick access to the trade fair hall plan for simple orientation, as well as all of the information regarding the special VOCO prophylaxis booth, an overview of all new and digital products as well as a list of specialist lectures at the Speaker’s Corner, the Dental Study Club and the VOCO booth.

 

The app is available for free for Android phones from the Google Play Store.

 

Apple AppStore

VOCO on IDS App

New VOCO prophylaxis stand at the IDS
Event News
Take a selfie with our 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
Product News
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
Product News
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
Product News
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 sculp. To solve this problem, the dentist either uses a sculptable material as an additional layer, or alternatively may decide to use a sculptable 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 sculptable.

 

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.

Great interest in lecture in the Turkish city of Antalya
Event News
More than 400 dentists listened to the lecture of Prof. Dr. Esra Can.

During the ‘Dentists’ Week’ in Turkey, the dentists' association of Antalya invited to a lecture of Prof. Dr. Esra Can. She is a renowned dentist, who practices and teaches at the Yeditepe University in Istanbul in the special fields of endodontics and restorative dentistry. Therefore, it is no surprise that about 400 dentists were interested in her lecture on ‘Closing diastema with composites’. The focus of her presentation was on VOCO’s products GrandioSO, Grandio blocs as well as Bifix QM. Based on diverse clinical cases, Prof. Dr. Can explained the correct application of the products and convinced the audience with her results.

Convincing some 300 dentists in two weeks
Event News
Hands-on course. Participating dentists in Xi´an. Theoretical part of the course. Participating dentists in Taiyuan. Dr. Marcelo Balsamo (on the left) with a participant. Participants during the theoretical part in Nanjing. Participants during the hands-on course.

Two weeks, four cities, about 300 dentists reached. These are the facts of Dr. Marcelo Balsamo’s (Brazil) and VOCO’s Area Manager Dr. Chuanhao Luo’s trip through China.

During their common journey, in every city they presented dentists the application of VOCO products in a two-day training session. They visited the cities of Taiyuan, Xi´an, Nanjing and Nanning and reached a total of about 300 Chinese dentists, who enthusiastically followed their presentations during the theoretical training programme. The focus was among other products on the restorative materials Amaris and Grandio, the composite material Structur 2 for the fabrication of provisional restorations and the model silicone Die Silicone. Approximately one third of the participants even got the chance to test the products on the second training day during a hands-on course. Also, the practical use of the products convinced the dentists.    

Indian flair in cool Cuxhaven
Event News
Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course. The Indian dentists together with (back row from left) Dr. Peter Kopecky and Dr. Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course. Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course.

VOCO’s dental products are renowned and appreciated throughout the world, also in India. In order to get informed about the manufacturing and application of the products made in Germany, 13 dentists from India visited the headquarters in Cuxhaven. 

 

The two training days focused on the highly aesthetic restorative material Amaris, the nano-hybrid ORMOCER Admira Fusion and the glassfibre-reinforced composite posts of the Rebilda Post System. During the practical part of the training session, the dentists could immediately make use of the theoretical knowledge acquired, such as tips and tricks for the application of the products. Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek explains, “The advantage of the personal contact is, that the dentists can test the materials here on-site and that they always have a dentalist at their side for answering questions and providing assistance.”

 

The visit of the Indian guests ended with a sightseeing tour in the city of Bremen. Here, they enjoyed the typical northern German cultural programme and finally, returned with lots of new impressions to their home country.

The reasonable alternative for Christmas gifts
Company News
VOCO supports UNICEF’s campaign ‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ also in 2

At the end of the year, it is a nice tradition to say thank you to customers and business partners. A reasonable and sustainable alternative to such Christmas gifts is a donation, which offers children the chance for a better future. VOCO, the manufacturer of dental materials, also would like to make the world for children a bit better. Like in the previous year, the company supports UNICEF’s campaign ‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ with 20,000 euros.

 

‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ has existed for more than 15 years. The money collected is transferred to the UNICEF programme ‘Children in crisis regions’. The donations allow for school attendance or the organisation of blankets and tents, which should provide comfort and warmth for the children. Because, there still are millions of children, who would hardly have the chance to access clean water, regular meals, necessary health measures or school attendance without the support of aid organisations.    

 

Against this backdrop, the management of VOCO GmbH has decided to donate in this year, too, the budget planned for Christmas gifts to customers and business partners. “When you see the terrible pictures from conflict areas, one realizes how urgent people there need help. With our donation, we are glad to contribute to the improvement of these children’s lives,” explains Olaf Sauerbier, member of VOCO’s management, while handing over the cheque to UNICEF volunteer Elke Schmidt from Stade. In the name of the aid organisation she thanked for the generous donation.  

Enthusiastic about products made in Germany
Event News
Dentists from Indonesia. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post.

Indonesia, with its 255 million inhabitants, is the fourth most populous nation in the world. Being number 14 in terms of the surface area, Indonesia is ranking among the top places, too, and hence, almost six times the size of Germany. Nevertheless, in ‘little’ Germany there is VOCO, one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials. In order to get an impression of the high quality of the products made in Germany, 16 dentists travelled to the company location in Cuxhaven.  

 

The guests received information and practical guidance on VOCO’s glassfibre-reinforced composite posts, composites and ORMOCER materials, e.g. Admira Fusion, the worldwide first purely ceramic-based restorative material, as well as on the correct light polymerization. During a company tour, the training also offered the dentists the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials. They could ask questions regarding research and development and also production at VOCO. Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek concludes, “The dentists gained positive impressions in Cuxhaven. Particularly working with Admira Fusion has impressed them. We were able to win new brand ambassadors for VOCO for the future.”

Mission in the "Sacred Valley of the Incas"
VOCO Dental Aid
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
VOCO Dental Aid
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.”

 

 

Bulgarian dentists impressed by product development
Event News
The Bulgarian dentists Dr. Yordan Tarpomanov and Dr. Iliyana Trencheva (in the c

For many years, the dentists Dr. Iliyana Trencheva and Dr. Yordan Tarpomanov from Bulgaria use products from VOCO in their everyday practice. Thus, it was a particularly impressive experience for both of them to watch how these products are manufactured and packed in Cuxhaven. The future opinion formers have travelled to Germany in order to get a picture of their own of the dental materials producer of their choice. Furthermore, they shared information with the dentalists about the latest developments in dental technology.  

 

During a company tour, the visitors learned about the research and development department as well as the production. They also used the opportunity to ask questions about the development of VOCO’s products. Some products were then discussed in detail in the modern training centre. In the future, both dentists will be present at information events as opinion formers and will convince their colleagues in hands-on courses of the products made in Germany.

A new smile in just a few hours
Product News
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
Product News
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
Product News
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

VisCalor Dispenser – heating and application with a single device
Product News
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
Product News
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
Product News
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 sculp. To solve this problem, the dentist either uses a sculptable material as an additional layer, or alternatively may decide to use a sculptable 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 sculptable.

 

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
Product News
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.

About IDS: Stay fully informed with the VOCO app
Company News
Stay fully informed with the VOCO app.

Visitors to the IDS in Cologne will once again have hundreds of specialist lectures, product information and exhibitors to choose from, but may only have a few days or even hours to see it all. It is therefore extremely important to plan the visit well and in good time. That’s why VOCO has created an app for the IDS to make it easier for visitors to find their way around during the trade fair and to find out important information. 

 

With its clearly designed menu, VOCO’s practical app for the IDS means that an overview of the VOCO product highlights and many other features are just a fingertip away. The user-friendly app also provides quick access to the trade fair hall plan for simple orientation, as well as all of the information regarding the special VOCO prophylaxis booth, an overview of all new and digital products as well as a list of specialist lectures at the Speaker’s Corner, the Dental Study Club and the VOCO booth.

 

The app is available for free for Android phones from the Google Play Store.

 

Apple AppStore

VOCO on IDS App

The reasonable alternative for Christmas gifts
Company News
VOCO supports UNICEF’s campaign ‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ also in 2

At the end of the year, it is a nice tradition to say thank you to customers and business partners. A reasonable and sustainable alternative to such Christmas gifts is a donation, which offers children the chance for a better future. VOCO, the manufacturer of dental materials, also would like to make the world for children a bit better. Like in the previous year, the company supports UNICEF’s campaign ‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ with 20,000 euros.

 

‘Donations instead of Christmas gifts’ has existed for more than 15 years. The money collected is transferred to the UNICEF programme ‘Children in crisis regions’. The donations allow for school attendance or the organisation of blankets and tents, which should provide comfort and warmth for the children. Because, there still are millions of children, who would hardly have the chance to access clean water, regular meals, necessary health measures or school attendance without the support of aid organisations.    

 

Against this backdrop, the management of VOCO GmbH has decided to donate in this year, too, the budget planned for Christmas gifts to customers and business partners. “When you see the terrible pictures from conflict areas, one realizes how urgent people there need help. With our donation, we are glad to contribute to the improvement of these children’s lives,” explains Olaf Sauerbier, member of VOCO’s management, while handing over the cheque to UNICEF volunteer Elke Schmidt from Stade. In the name of the aid organisation she thanked for the generous donation.  

6th DEAF - Dental Forum in Cuxhaven
Event News

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
Event News
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
Event News
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.
 

Lectures focus on world first VisCalor bulk
Event News
IDS speakers

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
Event News
Take a selfie with our 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)

Great interest in lecture in the Turkish city of Antalya
Event News
More than 400 dentists listened to the lecture of Prof. Dr. Esra Can.

During the ‘Dentists’ Week’ in Turkey, the dentists' association of Antalya invited to a lecture of Prof. Dr. Esra Can. She is a renowned dentist, who practices and teaches at the Yeditepe University in Istanbul in the special fields of endodontics and restorative dentistry. Therefore, it is no surprise that about 400 dentists were interested in her lecture on ‘Closing diastema with composites’. The focus of her presentation was on VOCO’s products GrandioSO, Grandio blocs as well as Bifix QM. Based on diverse clinical cases, Prof. Dr. Can explained the correct application of the products and convinced the audience with her results.

Convincing some 300 dentists in two weeks
Event News
Hands-on course. Participating dentists in Xi´an. Theoretical part of the course. Participating dentists in Taiyuan. Dr. Marcelo Balsamo (on the left) with a participant. Participants during the theoretical part in Nanjing. Participants during the hands-on course.

Two weeks, four cities, about 300 dentists reached. These are the facts of Dr. Marcelo Balsamo’s (Brazil) and VOCO’s Area Manager Dr. Chuanhao Luo’s trip through China.

During their common journey, in every city they presented dentists the application of VOCO products in a two-day training session. They visited the cities of Taiyuan, Xi´an, Nanjing and Nanning and reached a total of about 300 Chinese dentists, who enthusiastically followed their presentations during the theoretical training programme. The focus was among other products on the restorative materials Amaris and Grandio, the composite material Structur 2 for the fabrication of provisional restorations and the model silicone Die Silicone. Approximately one third of the participants even got the chance to test the products on the second training day during a hands-on course. Also, the practical use of the products convinced the dentists.    

Indian flair in cool Cuxhaven
Event News
Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course. The Indian dentists together with (back row from left) Dr. Peter Kopecky and Dr. Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course. Dentists test VOCO’s Amaris during the hands-on course.

VOCO’s dental products are renowned and appreciated throughout the world, also in India. In order to get informed about the manufacturing and application of the products made in Germany, 13 dentists from India visited the headquarters in Cuxhaven. 

 

The two training days focused on the highly aesthetic restorative material Amaris, the nano-hybrid ORMOCER Admira Fusion and the glassfibre-reinforced composite posts of the Rebilda Post System. During the practical part of the training session, the dentists could immediately make use of the theoretical knowledge acquired, such as tips and tricks for the application of the products. Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek explains, “The advantage of the personal contact is, that the dentists can test the materials here on-site and that they always have a dentalist at their side for answering questions and providing assistance.”

 

The visit of the Indian guests ended with a sightseeing tour in the city of Bremen. Here, they enjoyed the typical northern German cultural programme and finally, returned with lots of new impressions to their home country.

Enthusiastic about products made in Germany
Event News
Dentists from Indonesia. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post. Dentists from Indonesia during the  hands-on course with Rebilda Post.

Indonesia, with its 255 million inhabitants, is the fourth most populous nation in the world. Being number 14 in terms of the surface area, Indonesia is ranking among the top places, too, and hence, almost six times the size of Germany. Nevertheless, in ‘little’ Germany there is VOCO, one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials. In order to get an impression of the high quality of the products made in Germany, 16 dentists travelled to the company location in Cuxhaven.  

 

The guests received information and practical guidance on VOCO’s glassfibre-reinforced composite posts, composites and ORMOCER materials, e.g. Admira Fusion, the worldwide first purely ceramic-based restorative material, as well as on the correct light polymerization. During a company tour, the training also offered the dentists the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials. They could ask questions regarding research and development and also production at VOCO. Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek concludes, “The dentists gained positive impressions in Cuxhaven. Particularly working with Admira Fusion has impressed them. We were able to win new brand ambassadors for VOCO for the future.”

Bulgarian dentists impressed by product development
Event News
The Bulgarian dentists Dr. Yordan Tarpomanov and Dr. Iliyana Trencheva (in the c

For many years, the dentists Dr. Iliyana Trencheva and Dr. Yordan Tarpomanov from Bulgaria use products from VOCO in their everyday practice. Thus, it was a particularly impressive experience for both of them to watch how these products are manufactured and packed in Cuxhaven. The future opinion formers have travelled to Germany in order to get a picture of their own of the dental materials producer of their choice. Furthermore, they shared information with the dentalists about the latest developments in dental technology.  

 

During a company tour, the visitors learned about the research and development department as well as the production. They also used the opportunity to ask questions about the development of VOCO’s products. Some products were then discussed in detail in the modern training centre. In the future, both dentists will be present at information events as opinion formers and will convince their colleagues in hands-on courses of the products made in Germany.

Mission in the "Sacred Valley of the Incas"
VOCO Dental Aid
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
VOCO Dental Aid
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.”