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VOCO sets new standards with expansion of online events
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From CAD/CAM techniques and perfect direct or indirect restorations to concepts for post-endodontic treatments: during the worldwide lockdown, the dental company VOCO initiated an ambitious webinar offer within a very short time and thus successfully promoted advanced trainings even during the crisis.

 

As almost all exhibitions, congresses and events worldwide have been cancelled in the recent months, VOCO GmbH has greatly expanded its online platform during this time. Between March and July 2020, a total of 166 online events were held in form of webinars for employees, trade partners, dentists and dental assistants. At times, up to three events were held daily, six days a week. More than 100 webinars were addressed to our customers internationally and in various languages, covering all subject areas, which VOCO offers within its product range. More than 55.000 participants worldwide registered for VOCO's online platform of advanced trainings, which gave VOCO an appreciably high regard in the market during the Corona crisis.

 

Due to the exclusively positive feedback worldwide, VOCO will continue to offer webinars for customers, trade partners and employees even after the pandemic.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

VOCO’s Provicol QM Plus receives “Editors’ Choice” award of the Dental Advisors
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Provicol QM Plus receives “Editors’ Choice” award of the Dental Advisors.

“Very good” or better. This was a common conclusion of the renowned test dentist, who ran over 500 applications with VOCO’s Provicol QM Plus for the US magazine Dental Advisor. The eugenol-free, temporary luting cement with calcium hydroxide convinced the judges with; “easy to dispense”, “easy to use”, “flows well” and “easy clean-up”.

 

The editors examine numerous products and clinical evaluation articles for the awarding of the title. With the Editors’ Choice, only unique and outstanding products are awarded in the following.  

 

Thanks to its high stability, the temporary luting cement Provicol QM Plus is optimally suitable for the application in clinical situations where a particularly strong retention is required. The eugenol‑free material contains calcium hydroxide and is indicated for the temporary luting of provisional and definitive restorations (crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays).

 

“Excellent – it is my new ‘go to’ temp cement for multiple units”, “Great consistency. Flows well and stays where placed. Temporaries stayed in place”, or “I liked the ease of use with the automix, and dispensing with the syringe”, were the judgements of the expert jury.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

For fast and affordable basic treatment: x-tra fil and Futurabond U
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x-tra fil and Futurabond U are perfect for a fast and affordable basic treatment

Rapid treatment is often needed – and yet the quality and price must also be right. With its light-curing, posterior tooth, bulk fill restorative material x-tra fil, and its universal bonding agent Futurabond U, VOCO offers an ideal combination that guarantees basic treatment at the best price/performance ratio, and in a timely manner. This solution is also a proven alternative to amalgam fillings. Dentists worldwide have successfully performed more than 13 million restorations using x-tra fil.*

 

x-tra fil

This restorative material was especially conceived for therapy in the posterior region (classes I and II) as well as for core build-ups. Thanks to the option of applying increment thicknesses of up to 4 mm in a single work step, as well as the short curing time of only 10 seconds, both patient and dentist benefit from a very short chair time. Thus, x-tra fil is especially well-suited for treatment of non-compliant patients.

 

Aside from its fast and easy handling, x-tra fil also stands out with its high depth of cure and low shrinkage. The excellent physical properties have already been demonstrated in several independent studies.** Furthermore, the product’s high translucency produces a chameleon-like shade adaptation to the surrounding tooth substance, meaning the patient obtains not only a long-lasting and unrestricted masticatory load-bearing result, but also an aesthetic one.

 

Futurabond U

Total basic treatment is optimally rounded off in combination with the dual-curing universal adhesive Futurabond U. In addition to its practical handling in a hygienic SingleDose, Futurabond U also offers an outstanding range of application options in terms of the indications and the choice of etching technique. Whether self-etch, selective-etch or total-etch: Futurabond U allows practitioners to freely select how they wish to condition the dental hard tissue, depending on the individual clinical situation and their personal work preferences. Thus, Futurabond U covers such a broad spectrum of applications that no additional bonding system is required in practice.

 

* Based on sales figures

** E.g. Tiba A. et al., Journal of American Dental Association, 144(10), 1182–1183, 2013.

Model printing at top speed: V-Print model fast from VOCO
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V-Print model fast is used for the generative production of dental models.

The advent of 3D printing technology in the dental laboratory promises significant savings in time and materials for the additive production of high-precision dental models. However, it is not necessary for all dental models to print with the minimum possible layer thickness. Often enough, higher layer thicknesses are sufficient in 3D printing, which can have a further positive effect on time and cost savings. Highspeed printing requires special printing resins whose material composition is optimised accordingly, but without restrictions in terms of quality having to be accepted.

V-Print model fast is one such optimised product with which dental manufacturer VOCO is expanding its portfolio in the area of 3D printing materials.

 

Temperature-resistant models for aligners and retainers

V-Print model fast is used for the generative production of dental models as required in the daily dental laboratory routine, as a preliminary step for the thermoforming technique. In this respect, the printing resin is ideally suited for the production of dimensionally stable deep-drawing models also for aligner therapy, thanks to its high temperature resistance.

Directly after the printing process, the produced components already have a very high green strength, which allows the production of cost-effective and material-saving so-called hollow-frame models which can be safely removed from the building platform.

 

V-Print model fast, available in the high-contrast colour blue, is offered in the economical 1,000 g bottle and complements the proven V-Print model printing material, which is ideally suited for the production of models in premium quality and surface finish - for high-quality dental prostheses with a precise fit, thanks to printing in a thin layer thickness.

 

Perfect solutions for modern digital and advanced dentistry – these are the goals of the Dentalists, which have been implemented in cooperation with numerous renowned manufacturers of 3D printers. An up-to-date list of printer and material compatibilities can be found at www.voco.dental/3dprintingpartners.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

The advantages of the SingleDose at a glance:

 

- Absolutely hygienic

- Avoids cross-contamination

- Optimally coordinated quantity for single treatment – no material waste

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

- Quick and easy to apply

 

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

 

Oral care: VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV)

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

 

Bonding agents: Futurabond U

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

 

Composites: VisCalor bulk in a cap

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

Dental manufacturer VOCO and 3D-print specialist Rapid Shape enter into a partnership
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V-Print materials also compatible with rapidshape 3D-printers. 
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Perfect solutions for the modern, digital, and challenging field of dentistry – these are the goals of the dentalists from the far North, and of the experts in 3D manufacturing from Heimsheim in southern Germany. VOCO and Rapid Shape are now combining their expertise and entering into a partnership in order to offer both VOCO and Rapid Shape customers the highest degree of flexibility in selecting their working materials. As part of this collaboration, 3D printing materials from VOCO and printers from Rapid Shape will be attuned to one another so they can work together ideally and offer optimal printing results.

 

“In response to high and consistent demands for quality and innovative power, VOCO and Rapid Shape have been pursuing similar values. Rapid Shape is thus an ideal partner to expand and drive forward our strengths in the area of 3D printing materials”, states Olaf Sauerbier, Managing Partner of VOCO GmbH in Cuxhaven.

 

For more than three decades, VOCO has been known as an all-around dental research company for its competence in the area of light-curing composites for restorative dentistry. VOCO has been applying this knowledge and experience into the digital dentistry segment for the past few years, and in this respect has established numerous products worldwide successfully. These include, in particular, the 3D printing materials of the V-Print family of products, as well as subtractive manufacturing materials such as Grandio blocs and Structur CAD. All 3D printing products are developed at VOCO headquarters in Cuxhaven by an interdisciplinary research team composed of dental technicians, dental engineers, and chemists, along the digital process chain – this guarantees the highest level of user friendliness and practical applicability.

 

VOCO printing materials are now also certified for Rapid Shape 3D printers.

In a first release, V-Print splint, V-Print SG and V-Print model are available immediately for a variety of Rapid Shape 3D printers of the second and third generations, such as the D20+ and D30+ as well as D20 II, D30 II and D40 II.

A detailed list of Rapid Shape printers and V-Print material compatibilities can be found at www.voco.dental/3dprintingpartners

 

  • V-Print splint as a Class IIa medical device for the manufacture of transparent splints with high flexibility.
  • V-Print SG is used for dimensionally-stable, autoclavable drilling templates for implantology. V-Print SG is also approved as a Class IIa medical device and is thus indicated for direct wound contact.
  • V-Print model is a material used for fabrication of dental models with a high scratch resistance. It is suitable for thermoforming technology and remains dimensionally accurate despite heat input during thermoforming.

 

V-Print printing materials by VOCO offer practical advantages. Aside from the properties mentioned above, all V-Print printing materials are also sedimentation-stable. This means that there is no sedimentation of fillers or dyes in the bottle or, more importantly, during the printing process. The V-Print materials bottle should not be shaken before use of the resin. This prevents the formation of air bubbles in the material and allows for unmonitored printing overnight. The printing process proceeds safely from the first to the last layer and the final product properties are achieved in a reproducible manner. All V-Print printing materials can be post-cured without the use of protective gas.

 

“Thanks to our open system we offer our customers the flexibility to select the right materials for their applications. With VOCO, we have a high-quality material partner on our side who expands and brings added value to the Rapid Shape materials portfolio”, explains Andreas Schultheiss, CEO of Rapid Shape. “We are excited about the joint development work with VOCO, with which we can make available a greater number of validated V-Print materials for our 3D printers.”

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

 

The family-led dental company VOCO, headquartered in Cuxhaven, is one of the leading manufacturers in this industry both at home and internationally. Its product portfolio comprises more than 100 products, whereby the focal point is placed on preventative, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at headquarters and are thus 100 percent “Made in Germany”. In Germany alone, 440 workers are employed in the areas of research, development, production and administration. Another approximately 400 employees represent the company globally and service dentists and local depots. VOCO backs dental products of the highest material quality and user friendliness, satisfying high market demands. Thanks to innovative solutions, this company, which was founded in 1981, often acts as a trailblazer and establishes new standards in the world of dentistry. Additionally, VOCO continuously drives digital dentistry forward and combines complex technologies with the best user comfort.

 

About Rapid Shape

 

Rapid Shape is a German company that specialises in the development and production of high-grade systems for additive printing processes. Rapid Shape has positioned itself as a leading supplier in 3D printing and sets new standards in speed, reliability and precision on the basis of its patented technology. Rapid Shape supplies solutions for industrial markets, dentistry, hearing systems, and jewellery. Precision, quality, and its cooperation with sales, materials and technology partners for the development of industry-specific products distinguishes the company from its competitors. Additional information can be found at: www.RapidShape.de

Provicol QM Aesthetic: Translucent temporary luting cement with calcium hydroxide, eugenol-free
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VOCO is now offering a zinc oxide cement of the latest generation combining the

In Provicol QM Aesthetic, VOCO is now offering a zinc oxide cement of the latest generation combining the advantages of classic cements with outstanding aesthetics. An innovative glass matrix with polyhedral particles ensures outstanding translucency and promotes adhesive strength.

 

Thanks to its particular translucency, otherwise only achieved with a resin matrix, Provicol QM Aesthetic adapts to the surrounding tooth shade and matches the dentine perfectly: This allows the dentist to also achieve an excellent result for the patient when producing a temporary restoration. The indication range of Provicol QM Aesthetic covers temporary luting of provisional and permanent inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges as well as temporary sealing of small, single-surface cavities.

 

Provicol QM Aesthetic is characterised by its convenient flowability. The practical QM syringe guarantees reliable and precise working. The pinpoint stability of Provicol QM Aesthetic after application makes the process of luting very easy, and excess material can be removed completely and with precision either immediately or after curing. Removal of the restoration is also trouble-free. In addition, Provicol QM Aesthetic contains neither colophony nor – as is true of all members of the Provicol family – eugenol, thus scoring additional points for its universal material compatibility.

 

What is more, the newcomer also features all the other, familiar Provicol advantages: It is radiopaque and contains zinc oxide, which is renowned for its bacteriostatic effect, as well as calcium hydroxide, which promotes the development of tertiary dentine. In contrast to resin-based luting materials, Provicol QM Aesthetic does not show any polymerisation shrinkage. Nevertheless, it impresses with a very precise film thickness (7 µm), which enhances the accuracy of fit during incorporation and promotes retention.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

 

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

VOCO Profluorid Varnish: now also available in cola lime flavour
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VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideal for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth and f

As essential in every practice as forceps and drills: VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV). The popular fluoride-containing varnish for desensitising teeth is now also available in cola lime flavour – giving patients even more choice. The tang of cola combined with the fruitiness of lime appeals to a wide range of patients and is the perfect complement to the existing portfolio. In total, there are now six flavours available: melon, mint, cherry, caramel, bubble gum and cola lime.

 

VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideal for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth or in cases of sensitive root surfaces. Treatment with VPV following cleaning and polishing is also a sensible precaution in order to refill any eroded calcium fluoride depots. The fluoride content is 22,600 ppm fluoride (≙ 5% sodium fluoride). In addition, the white-transparent varnish impresses with high moisture tolerance and excellent adhesion to dental hard tissue. Like all the other members of the VPV family, VOCO Profluorid Varnish cola lime is available in the practical SingleDose and the 10 ml tube.

 

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VOCO – The Dentalists

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

 

 

V-Print dentbase and V-Print Try-In: 3D printing material for the production of denture bases and try-ins
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V-Print dentbase: Light-curing resin for the generative production of denture ba

It is a familiar situation: Time is in short supply and yet the dentist, dental technician and patient all want dentures which satisfy the highest requirements. CediTEC and V-Print dentbase are now being offered by VOCO as a system which unites denture bases, prosthetic teeth and luting materials. This means the entire prosthesis can be produced quickly and simply in just a few steps.

 

While CediTEC / DT provides the material for the prosthetic teeth as well as the luting material, the denture base is being launched on the market as dentbase, part of the V-Print range. The combination of milling and 3D printing technology not only simplifies the process but also offers the technician performing the work the option of reproducing the prosthesis at any time – and far quicker than with the classic method.

 

V-Print Try-In: Light-curing resin for the generative production of tryins for prosthetics

Functionality, accuracy of fit and visual aesthetics are the be-all and end-all when it comes to dentures. In order to achieve perfect results, VOCO is now offering V-Print Try-In, a 3D printing material for functional trial fitting of full and partial dentures.

This makes it possible to assess the fit, occlusion, functionality, phonation and aesthetics before production of a permanent denture, for example, and allows alterations to be made using wax or veneering material as required. V-Print Try-In can be printed in thick layers and thus ensures a swift and efficient process with accurate results. The production of transfer and grinding templates, correction impressions and occlusal impressions is also possible with V-Print Try-In.

V-Print Try-In will be available in the 1,000 g bottle as of Q2 2020.

 

V-Print dentbase: Light-curing resin for the generative production of denture bases for removable dentures

A perfectly fitting and aesthetically pleasing prosthesis is not only indispensable for optimal masticatory function and normal speech – it often also gives the patient a completely new quality of life.

 

The 3D printing material V-Print dentbase allows the production of maximally precise denture bases for removable dentures. Unlike conventional production, additive production does not involve shrinkage and patients and dentists alike benefit from an accurately fitting result. As a consequence, there are fewer pressure spots and fewer check-ups, relieving the burden on both the patient and the dentist. Furthermore, V-Print dentbase is also compatible with all conventionally available lining materials. The material’s shade helps achieve a naturally aesthetic appearance. For further optimisation, the base can also be customised and characterised with composites.

V-Print dentbase is available in the 1,000 g bottle.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

CediTEC and V-Print dentbase from VOCO: CAD / CAM system for individual prosthesis
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CediTEC provides the material for the prosthetic teeth as well as the luting mat

It is a familiar situation: Time is in short supply and yet the dentist, dental technician and patient all want  dentures which satisfy the highest requirements. CediTEC and V-Print dentbase are now being offered by VOCO as a system which unites denture bases, prosthetic teeth and luting materials. This means the entire prosthesis can be produced quickly and simply in just a few steps.

 

While CediTEC / DT provides the material for the prosthetic teeth as well as the luting material, the denture base is being launched on the market as dentbase, part of the V-Print range. The combination of milling and 3D printing technology not only simplifies the process but also offers the technician performing the work the option of reproducing the prosthesis at any time – and far quicker than with the classic method.

 

CediTEC DT: CAD/CAM composite for prosthetic teeth

From individual prosthetic teeth to tooth sections right up to complete dental arches for removable dentures: CediTEC DT allows the quick and very precise production of customised prosthetic teeth using the CAD/CAM milling technique. The four shades A1, A2, A3 and BL, the additional option of customising the shade and the translucent colouring ensure appealing aesthetics. The innovative material can be polished effortlessly – delivering a natural sheen.

The already cured composite is offered as a disc with a diameter of 98 mm and a height of 20 mm and fits all universal disc holders of milling devices conventionally available on the market.

 

CediTEC: System for luting prosthetic teeth in denture bases

The prosthetic teeth luting system comprises CediTEC Adhesive and CediTEC Primer.

 

CediTEC Adhesive is mixed in the practical cartridge without mixing errors or air bubbles. Thanks to the convenient mixing tip, the product can be applied to the base directly from the cartridge using a dispenser. This means only as much material is mixed as is actually required.

 

The enclosed CediTEC Primer creates the bond between the base/tooth and the adhesive. It is poured onto a mixing tray directly from the dropper bottle and applied to the base and tooth with a brush. After an air-drying period of only 30 seconds, CediTEC Adhesive can be applied and the teeth inserted.

When used as a system together with V-Print dentbase it is therefore possible to produce high-quality dentures quickly and efficiently. However, CediTEC is of course also compatible with other systems currently available on the market.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

Due to the current situation: The VOCO business continues
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The business at VOCO continues.

Dear customers and partners,

The COVID-19 virus is controlling the whole world over weeks now. VOCO too, is facing new challenges every day. Our primary goal is and remains the health of our customers, partners and obviously of our employees as well as their relatives. We have introduced extensive measures to achieve the best possible protection here. At the same time, we are working intensively on maintaining the business without limitations and thus ensure the supply of goods for our customers and their patients.

 

In order to ensure both a high level of safety and to avoid interrupting business operations, we have implemented the following measure, et al.:

 

  • Our field service team visits practices and laboratories by appointment and in compliance with all hygiene and safety measures. In addition, our colleagues can, of course, be contacted by telephone and e-mail as usual.
  • Personal appointments with customers, business partners or suppliers have been greatly reduced and only take place in compliance with all hygiene and protective measures. We continue to place the emphasis of communication on e-mails and telephone calls as well as telephone and video conferences.
  • Numerous hygiene measures have been implemented at our Cuxhaven headquarters. Our employees are intensively supervised and trained. Hygiene concepts for the colleagues of the field service are also controlled from here.

 

The production is currently running normally, so that you can order all materials as usual. The order processing continues with the same time and quality.

 

For questions please contact us. We are still here for you and happy to support you in this unusual and difficult situation.

 

With best regards from Cuxhaven.

 

Stay healthy!

 

Your VOCO team

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

VOCO’s Provicol QM Plus receives “Editors’ Choice” award of the Dental Advisors
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Provicol QM Plus receives “Editors’ Choice” award of the Dental Advisors.

“Very good” or better. This was a common conclusion of the renowned test dentist, who ran over 500 applications with VOCO’s Provicol QM Plus for the US magazine Dental Advisor. The eugenol-free, temporary luting cement with calcium hydroxide convinced the judges with; “easy to dispense”, “easy to use”, “flows well” and “easy clean-up”.

 

The editors examine numerous products and clinical evaluation articles for the awarding of the title. With the Editors’ Choice, only unique and outstanding products are awarded in the following.  

 

Thanks to its high stability, the temporary luting cement Provicol QM Plus is optimally suitable for the application in clinical situations where a particularly strong retention is required. The eugenol‑free material contains calcium hydroxide and is indicated for the temporary luting of provisional and definitive restorations (crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays).

 

“Excellent – it is my new ‘go to’ temp cement for multiple units”, “Great consistency. Flows well and stays where placed. Temporaries stayed in place”, or “I liked the ease of use with the automix, and dispensing with the syringe”, were the judgements of the expert jury.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

For fast and affordable basic treatment: x-tra fil and Futurabond U
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x-tra fil and Futurabond U are perfect for a fast and affordable basic treatment

Rapid treatment is often needed – and yet the quality and price must also be right. With its light-curing, posterior tooth, bulk fill restorative material x-tra fil, and its universal bonding agent Futurabond U, VOCO offers an ideal combination that guarantees basic treatment at the best price/performance ratio, and in a timely manner. This solution is also a proven alternative to amalgam fillings. Dentists worldwide have successfully performed more than 13 million restorations using x-tra fil.*

 

x-tra fil

This restorative material was especially conceived for therapy in the posterior region (classes I and II) as well as for core build-ups. Thanks to the option of applying increment thicknesses of up to 4 mm in a single work step, as well as the short curing time of only 10 seconds, both patient and dentist benefit from a very short chair time. Thus, x-tra fil is especially well-suited for treatment of non-compliant patients.

 

Aside from its fast and easy handling, x-tra fil also stands out with its high depth of cure and low shrinkage. The excellent physical properties have already been demonstrated in several independent studies.** Furthermore, the product’s high translucency produces a chameleon-like shade adaptation to the surrounding tooth substance, meaning the patient obtains not only a long-lasting and unrestricted masticatory load-bearing result, but also an aesthetic one.

 

Futurabond U

Total basic treatment is optimally rounded off in combination with the dual-curing universal adhesive Futurabond U. In addition to its practical handling in a hygienic SingleDose, Futurabond U also offers an outstanding range of application options in terms of the indications and the choice of etching technique. Whether self-etch, selective-etch or total-etch: Futurabond U allows practitioners to freely select how they wish to condition the dental hard tissue, depending on the individual clinical situation and their personal work preferences. Thus, Futurabond U covers such a broad spectrum of applications that no additional bonding system is required in practice.

 

* Based on sales figures

** E.g. Tiba A. et al., Journal of American Dental Association, 144(10), 1182–1183, 2013.

Model printing at top speed: V-Print model fast from VOCO
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V-Print model fast is used for the generative production of dental models.

The advent of 3D printing technology in the dental laboratory promises significant savings in time and materials for the additive production of high-precision dental models. However, it is not necessary for all dental models to print with the minimum possible layer thickness. Often enough, higher layer thicknesses are sufficient in 3D printing, which can have a further positive effect on time and cost savings. Highspeed printing requires special printing resins whose material composition is optimised accordingly, but without restrictions in terms of quality having to be accepted.

V-Print model fast is one such optimised product with which dental manufacturer VOCO is expanding its portfolio in the area of 3D printing materials.

 

Temperature-resistant models for aligners and retainers

V-Print model fast is used for the generative production of dental models as required in the daily dental laboratory routine, as a preliminary step for the thermoforming technique. In this respect, the printing resin is ideally suited for the production of dimensionally stable deep-drawing models also for aligner therapy, thanks to its high temperature resistance.

Directly after the printing process, the produced components already have a very high green strength, which allows the production of cost-effective and material-saving so-called hollow-frame models which can be safely removed from the building platform.

 

V-Print model fast, available in the high-contrast colour blue, is offered in the economical 1,000 g bottle and complements the proven V-Print model printing material, which is ideally suited for the production of models in premium quality and surface finish - for high-quality dental prostheses with a precise fit, thanks to printing in a thin layer thickness.

 

Perfect solutions for modern digital and advanced dentistry – these are the goals of the Dentalists, which have been implemented in cooperation with numerous renowned manufacturers of 3D printers. An up-to-date list of printer and material compatibilities can be found at www.voco.dental/3dprintingpartners.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

The advantages of the SingleDose at a glance:

 

- Absolutely hygienic

- Avoids cross-contamination

- Optimally coordinated quantity for single treatment – no material waste

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

- Quick and easy to apply

 

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

 

Oral care: VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV)

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

 

Bonding agents: Futurabond U

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

 

Composites: VisCalor bulk in a cap

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

Dental manufacturer VOCO and 3D-print specialist Rapid Shape enter into a partnership
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V-Print materials also compatible with rapidshape 3D-printers. 
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Perfect solutions for the modern, digital, and challenging field of dentistry – these are the goals of the dentalists from the far North, and of the experts in 3D manufacturing from Heimsheim in southern Germany. VOCO and Rapid Shape are now combining their expertise and entering into a partnership in order to offer both VOCO and Rapid Shape customers the highest degree of flexibility in selecting their working materials. As part of this collaboration, 3D printing materials from VOCO and printers from Rapid Shape will be attuned to one another so they can work together ideally and offer optimal printing results.

 

“In response to high and consistent demands for quality and innovative power, VOCO and Rapid Shape have been pursuing similar values. Rapid Shape is thus an ideal partner to expand and drive forward our strengths in the area of 3D printing materials”, states Olaf Sauerbier, Managing Partner of VOCO GmbH in Cuxhaven.

 

For more than three decades, VOCO has been known as an all-around dental research company for its competence in the area of light-curing composites for restorative dentistry. VOCO has been applying this knowledge and experience into the digital dentistry segment for the past few years, and in this respect has established numerous products worldwide successfully. These include, in particular, the 3D printing materials of the V-Print family of products, as well as subtractive manufacturing materials such as Grandio blocs and Structur CAD. All 3D printing products are developed at VOCO headquarters in Cuxhaven by an interdisciplinary research team composed of dental technicians, dental engineers, and chemists, along the digital process chain – this guarantees the highest level of user friendliness and practical applicability.

 

VOCO printing materials are now also certified for Rapid Shape 3D printers.

In a first release, V-Print splint, V-Print SG and V-Print model are available immediately for a variety of Rapid Shape 3D printers of the second and third generations, such as the D20+ and D30+ as well as D20 II, D30 II and D40 II.

A detailed list of Rapid Shape printers and V-Print material compatibilities can be found at www.voco.dental/3dprintingpartners

 

  • V-Print splint as a Class IIa medical device for the manufacture of transparent splints with high flexibility.
  • V-Print SG is used for dimensionally-stable, autoclavable drilling templates for implantology. V-Print SG is also approved as a Class IIa medical device and is thus indicated for direct wound contact.
  • V-Print model is a material used for fabrication of dental models with a high scratch resistance. It is suitable for thermoforming technology and remains dimensionally accurate despite heat input during thermoforming.

 

V-Print printing materials by VOCO offer practical advantages. Aside from the properties mentioned above, all V-Print printing materials are also sedimentation-stable. This means that there is no sedimentation of fillers or dyes in the bottle or, more importantly, during the printing process. The V-Print materials bottle should not be shaken before use of the resin. This prevents the formation of air bubbles in the material and allows for unmonitored printing overnight. The printing process proceeds safely from the first to the last layer and the final product properties are achieved in a reproducible manner. All V-Print printing materials can be post-cured without the use of protective gas.

 

“Thanks to our open system we offer our customers the flexibility to select the right materials for their applications. With VOCO, we have a high-quality material partner on our side who expands and brings added value to the Rapid Shape materials portfolio”, explains Andreas Schultheiss, CEO of Rapid Shape. “We are excited about the joint development work with VOCO, with which we can make available a greater number of validated V-Print materials for our 3D printers.”

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

 

The family-led dental company VOCO, headquartered in Cuxhaven, is one of the leading manufacturers in this industry both at home and internationally. Its product portfolio comprises more than 100 products, whereby the focal point is placed on preventative, restorative, prosthetic and digital dentistry. All products are manufactured at headquarters and are thus 100 percent “Made in Germany”. In Germany alone, 440 workers are employed in the areas of research, development, production and administration. Another approximately 400 employees represent the company globally and service dentists and local depots. VOCO backs dental products of the highest material quality and user friendliness, satisfying high market demands. Thanks to innovative solutions, this company, which was founded in 1981, often acts as a trailblazer and establishes new standards in the world of dentistry. Additionally, VOCO continuously drives digital dentistry forward and combines complex technologies with the best user comfort.

 

About Rapid Shape

 

Rapid Shape is a German company that specialises in the development and production of high-grade systems for additive printing processes. Rapid Shape has positioned itself as a leading supplier in 3D printing and sets new standards in speed, reliability and precision on the basis of its patented technology. Rapid Shape supplies solutions for industrial markets, dentistry, hearing systems, and jewellery. Precision, quality, and its cooperation with sales, materials and technology partners for the development of industry-specific products distinguishes the company from its competitors. Additional information can be found at: www.RapidShape.de

V-Print dentbase and V-Print Try-In: 3D printing material for the production of denture bases and try-ins
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V-Print dentbase: Light-curing resin for the generative production of denture ba

It is a familiar situation: Time is in short supply and yet the dentist, dental technician and patient all want dentures which satisfy the highest requirements. CediTEC and V-Print dentbase are now being offered by VOCO as a system which unites denture bases, prosthetic teeth and luting materials. This means the entire prosthesis can be produced quickly and simply in just a few steps.

 

While CediTEC / DT provides the material for the prosthetic teeth as well as the luting material, the denture base is being launched on the market as dentbase, part of the V-Print range. The combination of milling and 3D printing technology not only simplifies the process but also offers the technician performing the work the option of reproducing the prosthesis at any time – and far quicker than with the classic method.

 

V-Print Try-In: Light-curing resin for the generative production of tryins for prosthetics

Functionality, accuracy of fit and visual aesthetics are the be-all and end-all when it comes to dentures. In order to achieve perfect results, VOCO is now offering V-Print Try-In, a 3D printing material for functional trial fitting of full and partial dentures.

This makes it possible to assess the fit, occlusion, functionality, phonation and aesthetics before production of a permanent denture, for example, and allows alterations to be made using wax or veneering material as required. V-Print Try-In can be printed in thick layers and thus ensures a swift and efficient process with accurate results. The production of transfer and grinding templates, correction impressions and occlusal impressions is also possible with V-Print Try-In.

V-Print Try-In will be available in the 1,000 g bottle as of Q2 2020.

 

V-Print dentbase: Light-curing resin for the generative production of denture bases for removable dentures

A perfectly fitting and aesthetically pleasing prosthesis is not only indispensable for optimal masticatory function and normal speech – it often also gives the patient a completely new quality of life.

 

The 3D printing material V-Print dentbase allows the production of maximally precise denture bases for removable dentures. Unlike conventional production, additive production does not involve shrinkage and patients and dentists alike benefit from an accurately fitting result. As a consequence, there are fewer pressure spots and fewer check-ups, relieving the burden on both the patient and the dentist. Furthermore, V-Print dentbase is also compatible with all conventionally available lining materials. The material’s shade helps achieve a naturally aesthetic appearance. For further optimisation, the base can also be customised and characterised with composites.

V-Print dentbase is available in the 1,000 g bottle.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

Provicol QM Aesthetic: Translucent temporary luting cement with calcium hydroxide, eugenol-free
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VOCO is now offering a zinc oxide cement of the latest generation combining the

In Provicol QM Aesthetic, VOCO is now offering a zinc oxide cement of the latest generation combining the advantages of classic cements with outstanding aesthetics. An innovative glass matrix with polyhedral particles ensures outstanding translucency and promotes adhesive strength.

 

Thanks to its particular translucency, otherwise only achieved with a resin matrix, Provicol QM Aesthetic adapts to the surrounding tooth shade and matches the dentine perfectly: This allows the dentist to also achieve an excellent result for the patient when producing a temporary restoration. The indication range of Provicol QM Aesthetic covers temporary luting of provisional and permanent inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges as well as temporary sealing of small, single-surface cavities.

 

Provicol QM Aesthetic is characterised by its convenient flowability. The practical QM syringe guarantees reliable and precise working. The pinpoint stability of Provicol QM Aesthetic after application makes the process of luting very easy, and excess material can be removed completely and with precision either immediately or after curing. Removal of the restoration is also trouble-free. In addition, Provicol QM Aesthetic contains neither colophony nor – as is true of all members of the Provicol family – eugenol, thus scoring additional points for its universal material compatibility.

 

What is more, the newcomer also features all the other, familiar Provicol advantages: It is radiopaque and contains zinc oxide, which is renowned for its bacteriostatic effect, as well as calcium hydroxide, which promotes the development of tertiary dentine. In contrast to resin-based luting materials, Provicol QM Aesthetic does not show any polymerisation shrinkage. Nevertheless, it impresses with a very precise film thickness (7 µm), which enhances the accuracy of fit during incorporation and promotes retention.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

 

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

VOCO Profluorid Varnish: now also available in cola lime flavour
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VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideal for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth and f

As essential in every practice as forceps and drills: VOCO Profluorid Varnish (VPV). The popular fluoride-containing varnish for desensitising teeth is now also available in cola lime flavour – giving patients even more choice. The tang of cola combined with the fruitiness of lime appeals to a wide range of patients and is the perfect complement to the existing portfolio. In total, there are now six flavours available: melon, mint, cherry, caramel, bubble gum and cola lime.

 

VOCO Profluorid Varnish is ideal for the treatment of hypersensitive teeth or in cases of sensitive root surfaces. Treatment with VPV following cleaning and polishing is also a sensible precaution in order to refill any eroded calcium fluoride depots. The fluoride content is 22,600 ppm fluoride (≙ 5% sodium fluoride). In addition, the white-transparent varnish impresses with high moisture tolerance and excellent adhesion to dental hard tissue. Like all the other members of the VPV family, VOCO Profluorid Varnish cola lime is available in the practical SingleDose and the 10 ml tube.

 

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VOCO – The Dentalists

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

 

 

CediTEC and V-Print dentbase from VOCO: CAD / CAM system for individual prosthesis
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CediTEC provides the material for the prosthetic teeth as well as the luting mat

It is a familiar situation: Time is in short supply and yet the dentist, dental technician and patient all want  dentures which satisfy the highest requirements. CediTEC and V-Print dentbase are now being offered by VOCO as a system which unites denture bases, prosthetic teeth and luting materials. This means the entire prosthesis can be produced quickly and simply in just a few steps.

 

While CediTEC / DT provides the material for the prosthetic teeth as well as the luting material, the denture base is being launched on the market as dentbase, part of the V-Print range. The combination of milling and 3D printing technology not only simplifies the process but also offers the technician performing the work the option of reproducing the prosthesis at any time – and far quicker than with the classic method.

 

CediTEC DT: CAD/CAM composite for prosthetic teeth

From individual prosthetic teeth to tooth sections right up to complete dental arches for removable dentures: CediTEC DT allows the quick and very precise production of customised prosthetic teeth using the CAD/CAM milling technique. The four shades A1, A2, A3 and BL, the additional option of customising the shade and the translucent colouring ensure appealing aesthetics. The innovative material can be polished effortlessly – delivering a natural sheen.

The already cured composite is offered as a disc with a diameter of 98 mm and a height of 20 mm and fits all universal disc holders of milling devices conventionally available on the market.

 

CediTEC: System for luting prosthetic teeth in denture bases

The prosthetic teeth luting system comprises CediTEC Adhesive and CediTEC Primer.

 

CediTEC Adhesive is mixed in the practical cartridge without mixing errors or air bubbles. Thanks to the convenient mixing tip, the product can be applied to the base directly from the cartridge using a dispenser. This means only as much material is mixed as is actually required.

 

The enclosed CediTEC Primer creates the bond between the base/tooth and the adhesive. It is poured onto a mixing tray directly from the dropper bottle and applied to the base and tooth with a brush. After an air-drying period of only 30 seconds, CediTEC Adhesive can be applied and the teeth inserted.

When used as a system together with V-Print dentbase it is therefore possible to produce high-quality dentures quickly and efficiently. However, CediTEC is of course also compatible with other systems currently available on the market.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

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

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

 

11 shades instead of 33

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

 

Simple shade management

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

 

Natural teeth as the yardstick

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

 

Excellent physical parameters

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

 

Optimal handling properties

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

 

Commercial forms with introductory set

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

VOCO sets new standards with expansion of online events
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Between March and July 2020, a total of 166 online events were held in form of w

From CAD/CAM techniques and perfect direct or indirect restorations to concepts for post-endodontic treatments: during the worldwide lockdown, the dental company VOCO initiated an ambitious webinar offer within a very short time and thus successfully promoted advanced trainings even during the crisis.

 

As almost all exhibitions, congresses and events worldwide have been cancelled in the recent months, VOCO GmbH has greatly expanded its online platform during this time. Between March and July 2020, a total of 166 online events were held in form of webinars for employees, trade partners, dentists and dental assistants. At times, up to three events were held daily, six days a week. More than 100 webinars were addressed to our customers internationally and in various languages, covering all subject areas, which VOCO offers within its product range. More than 55.000 participants worldwide registered for VOCO's online platform of advanced trainings, which gave VOCO an appreciably high regard in the market during the Corona crisis.

 

Due to the exclusively positive feedback worldwide, VOCO will continue to offer webinars for customers, trade partners and employees even after the pandemic.

 

VOCO – The Dentalists

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

Due to the current situation: The VOCO business continues
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The business at VOCO continues.

Dear customers and partners,

The COVID-19 virus is controlling the whole world over weeks now. VOCO too, is facing new challenges every day. Our primary goal is and remains the health of our customers, partners and obviously of our employees as well as their relatives. We have introduced extensive measures to achieve the best possible protection here. At the same time, we are working intensively on maintaining the business without limitations and thus ensure the supply of goods for our customers and their patients.

 

In order to ensure both a high level of safety and to avoid interrupting business operations, we have implemented the following measure, et al.:

 

  • Our field service team visits practices and laboratories by appointment and in compliance with all hygiene and safety measures. In addition, our colleagues can, of course, be contacted by telephone and e-mail as usual.
  • Personal appointments with customers, business partners or suppliers have been greatly reduced and only take place in compliance with all hygiene and protective measures. We continue to place the emphasis of communication on e-mails and telephone calls as well as telephone and video conferences.
  • Numerous hygiene measures have been implemented at our Cuxhaven headquarters. Our employees are intensively supervised and trained. Hygiene concepts for the colleagues of the field service are also controlled from here.

 

The production is currently running normally, so that you can order all materials as usual. The order processing continues with the same time and quality.

 

For questions please contact us. We are still here for you and happy to support you in this unusual and difficult situation.

 

With best regards from Cuxhaven.

 

Stay healthy!

 

Your VOCO team

 

 

VOCO is an exclusive sponsor of the international SlowDentistry Dental Association
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The speaker in London Andrew Thurston, VOCO UK Dr. Kai Klimek, VOCO Germany

The view from the 29th floor of the Millbank Towers in the noble district of Westminster in London was stunning. The tension in the air was also noticeable as the founder of SlowDentistry Dr Miguel Stanley held the first scientific lecture against the 15-minutes treatments of patients in dentistry in front of the international audience. It was the first, followed by five scientific lectures of international and well-known speakers. In the end, the speakers and the audience agreed: a full dental treatment within 15 minutes, as it is forced by several healthcare systems, cannot be the right way in modern dentistry. Treatments carried out under time and cost pressure affect the quality and have primary disadvantages for the patients. This evening the words “hygiene, rubber dam and education” were used remarkably often. The SlowDentistry Association seems to have hit the pulse of the times. The numbers of members is increasing rapidly according to the information of the managing director Nina Blaetter.

 

Dr Kai Klimek, who was there for the exclusive sponsor VOCO (Cuxhaven, Germany) and is a dentist himself, opened the event: “For the credibility of the SlowDentistry concept, the participating colleagues need high quality products. This, VOCO can and will provide“, says Dr Klimek. In addition to the successful launch event, further international events are planned.

 

VOCO as a sponsor also has the exclusive possibility to offer his customers a free membership in the first year. According to the German manufacturer, the interest in the SlowDentistry concept is enormously high.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

I thank VOCO GmbH for the generous support!"

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

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

 

No comparison with European training

 

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

 

Teeth as fragile as glass

 

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

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

 

Gratitude beyond compare

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

An empirical report by Frank Paternotte:

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

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

 

Cleaning teeth with a twig

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Catastrophic sets of teeth ruined by sugar and alcohol

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

In August 2017, Dr. Annette Schoof-Hosemann set off for what would be her eighth dental aid mission in Bolivia, practically a routine occurrence now.


This time, she was accompanied by three dental students from the University of Giessen: Tobias Kleinert, Alexandra Krumb and Stephanie Kokoschka.


Together, the team headed for the first time to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a metropolitan area with a population of more than one million. This was where their workplace for the next few weeks would be. A tiny, windowless room with old dental instruments no longer functioning properly in a paediatric clinic in the poorest neighbourhood of Santa Cruz: Los Lotes. Thanks to the financial support of the association dentists and friends, the room had recently been renovated and the equipment awakened from its Sleeping Beauty coma. It might not have been up to the usual standards in Germany, but with a little improvisation it was still possible to work satisfactorily.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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