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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.”

 

 

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

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

 

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

V-Print splint – 3D printing material
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V-Print splint

Those suffering from bruxism can often be helped with an occlusal splint, which should be worn as frequently as possible and therefore needs to be of a certain durability, which is best achieved by a high grade of elasticity. VOCO’s new 3D printing material V-Print splint offers exactly that.

 

V-Print splint is a light-curing resin, designed for generative production using a 385 nm LED DLP printer. This printing material is suitable for:

  • splints used in treatments,
  • bleaching trays, as well as
  • auxiliary parts and functional parts for dental diagnostics.

 

V-Print splint  can be used for printing in layers of 25 μm, 50 μm, 75 μm or 100 μm thickness. Just like V-Print SG and V-Print ortho, V-Print splint
has been carefully matched to the SolFlex printer, thus producing optimal printing results.

Ceramic Bond SingleDose – coupling agent for ceramics and composites
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Ceramic Bond SingleDose

In this day and age, hardly any dental practice will utilise adhesives in 3-bottle-systems, and there is good reason for that: after all, adhesives have by now become available in single-bottle systems and also in SingleDose presentation. Both of these versions guarantee quick and straightforward working, putting an end to mixing errors. Reason enough to now also offer VOCO‘s proven coupling agent, Ceramic Bond, in SingleDose.

 

Ceramic Bond provides an optimal chemical bond between restoration and luting material (e.g. Bifix QM) for indirect ceramic or composite restorations.

 

In the SingleDose version Ceramic Bond is simple, quick and hygienic to apply. It is also incredibly straightforward to use: apply, allow to take effect, then dry.

Three alternatives to amalgam fillings
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The EU has resolved that dentists may no longer use amalgam fillings in children under the age of 15, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. So what alternatives are available to dentists?

With the restorative materials IonoStar Plus, Ionolux and x-tra fil from VOCO, dentists can choose between three different products which can be processed more easily and quickly than amalgam, yet which are just as cost-effective and long-lasting. What’s more, they are significantly more aesthetic.

 

A high-quality alternative

 

When time is of the essence, VOCO recommends IonoStar Plus. The glass ionomer material is a self-curing restorative material which cures in just two minutes making it ideal for treating children. IonoStar Plus is ideal for the permanent restoration of deciduous teeth and comes in four shades.

 

Those who want to determine when the curing process is to begin should opt for Ionolux. The light-curing glass ionomer offers flexibility and covers a broad range of indications (e.g. Class I fillings). Ionolux is available in five different shades.

 

VOCO recommends the composite x-tra fil for definitive restorations in permanent teeth.

With x-tra fil dentists get a composite restorative material with strong physical properties which guarantee a permanent yet economical solution. It can be inserted in increments of up to 4 mm and cured within 10 seconds.

From training room to race track
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Even though their professions are quite different, there are some parallels between dentists and racing drivers. Both are wearing work clothes and are familiar with high speeds: The dentist knows it from his daily work with the dental turbine; the racing driver knows it from his highly-motorized vehicle. So why not change the doctor’s white coat with a racing suit?

That’s exactly what VOCO and the Danish depot ‘Cenger’ thought and thus, they organized a training day followed by an event on the race track.

 

Recently, 22 Danish dentists met at the motorsport race track Jyllandsringen located in the middle of the Danish region Midtjylland. However, before the dentists were allowed to feel as a racing driver and get on the race track, they participated in a comprehensive training programme. Dentist Eren Cicek gave a lecture on the production of inlays with VOCO’s GrandioSO Inlay System and Matthias Mehring, Manager Department Knowledge Communication, presented bonding products, particularly Futurabond U, to the dentists.

Enthusiastic about the characteristics of the different products, the training participants were pleased to receive many practical tips. They could make immediate use of these tips in the following hands-on course, during which they were able to test the bonding, the nano-hybrid ORMOCER restorative material Admira Fusion as well as the restorative material GrandioSO.

 

Afterwards, VOCO and the depot invited the dentists to a trip on the race track. The training participants got a brief instruction and could then prove their driving skills on the race course with its 22 curves.

Visit of renowned dentists from ‘REALITY Publishing Company’
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Dr. Michael Miller with his wife Dr. Ingrid Castellanos and daughter Jennifer (m

The ‘REALITY Publishing Company’ is a full-service information and product testing company located in Texas. A team of 37 of the most distinguished and renowned dentists from all over the world as well as nine additional members of the editorial board are responsible for different print publications and a wide range of online services in the field of aesthetic dentistry. Recently, two members of the editorial board visited VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven.

 

Since 1975, Dr. Michael Miller (photo left) is a dentist and runs a private practice in Houston, Texas. He is the author of a series of articles on bonding, lectures internationally and is a Fellow of the ‘Academy of General Dentistry’. Furthermore, he is a founding member of the ‘American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’ and has memberships in the ‘International Association of Dental Research/American Association of Dental Research’ as well as in the ‘Academy of Dental Materials’. Dr. Miller is co-founder and President of the ‘REALITY Publishing Company’ and professor at the ‘University of Texas School of Dentistry’.

 

He was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Ingrid Castellanos (photo right). She is specialized in orthodontics, lectures internationally and is a member of the 'International Association of Dental Research’, of the ‘Mexican Academy of Orthodontists’, of the ‘American Association of Orthodontists’ and a Fellow of the ‘World Federation of Orthodontists’.

Ingrid Castellanos and Michael Miller travelled to Germany not only to get an impression of the company, where the products made in Germany are manufactured, but also to visit their daughter Jennifer (photo in the middle). For several weeks, she did an internship at VOCO’s research and development department. The visitors from the USA were guided by Leif Ebert (Managing Director VOCO America) and Matthias Mehring (Manager Knowledge Communication).

Readers’ Choice Award for Admira Fusion
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Readers' Choice Award

For the second time, the US American journal Dentistry Today has selected the top 25 “First Impression” category products. And VOCO’s Admira Fusion is among them again this year.

 

Dr. George Freedman’s reasoning reads as follows: The two main problems confronting dentists when placing direct composite restorations are short-term and long-term shrinkage. VOCO‘s Admira Fusion is the first fully ceramic universal restorative material, and it contains both fillers and a matrix which are based on silicon oxide (no BISGMA, BPA, UDMA/HEMA or TEGDMA). The nano/ORMOCER technology reduces the restorative shrinkage to 1.25 % by volume, and shrinkage stress by up to 50 % (3.87 MPa), thus improving long-term integrity. Admira Fusion is compatible with all types of bonding agent and offers excellent shade stability as well as outanding balance of translucence and opacity, which makes restorations highly aesthetic. Admira Fusion is non-sticky and easy to work with. This composite is available in 18 shades, all of which can be polished to a high gloss with ease.

VOCO welcomes dentists from Turkey
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Dentists from Turkey visited VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven under the guidance

Toothache is not a pleasant experience, particularly if you are on holiday. But if you go to a Turkish dentist, you might be lucky. As many resident dentists there use VOCO’s products ‘Made in Germany’.

Recently, some of them visited VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven. Besides a company tour providing the group with, for example, insights into the production processes, they obtained valuable information regarding VOCO’s composite products. Here, the focus was especially on Admira Fusion. In the late afternoon of the training day, Prof. Dr. Muharrem Erhan Ҫömlekoğlu gave a lecture on the possibilities of digital and conventional production of inlays and onlays.  

 

 

Lectures in cooperation with universities

 

There is not only a training programme at VOCO’s headquarters, regular courses take place in Turkey too. Area Manager Michael Kannieß explained, ‘These courses are organised by dentist Dr. Volga Akbas in cooperation with opinion-formers from renowned universities. In 2018 alone, there are 28 planned courses.’ He continued, ‘For many years, VOCO is successfully operating on the Turkish market. This is also due to our local sales team, who is working together with selected regional dealers.’   

 

The Turkish dentists spent in any case a very informative training day in Cuxhaven. Prof. Dr. Güniz Baksi concluded, ‘I am deeply impressed by the company’s working methods and the quality of the products. I really enjoyed every moment in Cuxhaven.’

 

The dentists rounded off their visit with a dinner in the evening and a joint excursion to Hamburg. Here, they visited the plaza of the ‘Elbphilharmonie’ (Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall) and experienced during a boat cruise the Hanseatic City from the water.

 

Better than existing favourites: Five stars for V-Posil
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The test dentists from the renowned Zahnmedizin Report rated V-Posil “very good” V-Posil won over the test dentists: over 85 per cent would be happy to recommend The addition silicone-based impression material is available in five different v V-Posil: Particularly precise impressions combined with optimal working conditio

As a “sophisticated impression-taking system” with particularly high precision, a working time suited to practice requirements and a conveniently short exposure period in the mouth, the VPS impression material V-Posil (VOCO) left a great impression on the independent test dentists. More than half of the dentists even found V-Posil better than their current favourite products. The Zahnmedizin Report (IWW Institut) gave the addition silicone a rating of “very good” overall and awarded it five stars out of five.

 

This assessment is based not only on the personal practical experiences of each of the test dentists, but also on the measurements recorded concerning the product’s physical properties. V-Posil amazed from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. The extraoral working time and the intraoral setting time are both approximately (up to) 2 minutes. “Optimal conditions” according to the testers. The dentists – all experienced addition silicone users – also appreciated the simple manner of removal from the patient’s mouth, the precision fit of the restoration, the dimensional stability, the colour contrast of the preliminary impression material and the correction impression material as well as the “readability” of the impression.

 

More than 85 per cent of the Zahnmedizin Report testers would be happy to recommend V-Posil to their colleagues and also want to use it themselves in future. For good reason: compared with the products used to date, V-Posil offers greater dimensional stability, can be “carved” better and offers a smoother surface in combination with a higher degree of precision. The entire V-Posil system with the viscosities Heavy Soft Fast, Putty Fast, Light Fast, X-Light Fast and Mono Fast as well as V-Posil Adhesive, the tray adhesive for VPS, was awarded the overall rating of 1.3 and thus the full five stars out of five.

Visitors from overseas
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13 Filipino dentists and Country Manager Joseph Postigo (on the right) visited V Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On

In dental practices worldwide, the use of VOCO products is daily routine. In the Philippines too, the demand of innovative materials with the “Made in Germany” quality seal is growing steadily. Hence, during the visit of a group of Filipino dentists at VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven, the focus was on the combination of new ideas with reliable quality.

 

The visitors from overseas obtained comprehensive information and practical advice regarding the purely ceramic-based restorative material Admira Fusion, the Rebilda Post System for post-endodontic treatment as well as the CAD/CAM blocks Grandio blocs.

During a company tour, the advanced training offered the dentists the possibility to take a look behind the scenes of one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials and to ask questions about VOCO’s research and development as well as its production.

 

Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek concluded “Also in Southeast Asia, VOCO’s quality products are much sought-after by dentists. Many of them use our products in their dental practices for years. During their visit in Cuxhaven, the dentists could see how they are manufactured and packed.”

 

The visit ended with a transfer to Bremen in the evening and, on the next day, with a sightseeing tour in the Hanseatic City.

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.

“Made in Germany” has an excellent reputation
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The representatives of the Romanian depot (from left to right): Dana Berende, Ma

The success of partnerships depends, among other things, on how firmly both partners stick together, and how committed they are to lastingly strengthen their partnership. This is also the case with the company VOCO, manufacturer of dental materials, who maintains partnerships with trading companies around the world. VOCO regularly organizes information trainings at the Cuxhaven headquarters in order to enable the particular local dental consultants to provide their customers from dental practices and laboratories with materials and, additionally, to support them with competent advice. Hence, representatives of the Romanian depot Nastimed visited VOCO recently.

 

After the welcome and company presentation by Area Manager Matthias Wolf, the guests took a look behind the scenes: During an extensive company tour, they were able to get their own impression of VOCO’s research and development department as well as of the production facilities.

 

Area Manager Matthias Wolf states “In Romania, products ‘Made in Germany’ have an excellent reputation. Thus, it is important that VOCO has such a strong local sales partner as Nastimed who supplies dentists and dental technicians with our dental materials.”

International Sales Meeting at VOCO HQ
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Ill.: (l.t.r.) Sales Director Non-EU, Heinz-Peter Schnicke, alongside  Australia

Dentists and dental laboratories appreciate not only high-quality dental products, but also the accompanying advice provided by competent dental consultants. Thus VOCO’s almost 400-strong team of dental consultants operating in Germany and other countries receives regular training at the company’s base in Cuxhaven. Their product-related knowledge is brought up to date, questions are tackled and sales-specific aspects and marketing strategies for their respective markets are discussed. One such event recently brought the Australian dental consultants to Cuxhaven for a sales meeting, which also included an equally intensive and varied training programme for them to participate in. Special emphasis was placed on products for prohphylaxis, such as VOCO Profluorid Varnish, Remin Pro, CleanJoy and Bifluorid, as well as the flowable composite material Admira Fusion Flow.

 

“It is crucial for us to have knowledgeable and committed consultants, who place their competent and reliable expertise at the disposal of dental practices and distribution companies,” as Heinz-Peter Schnicke, Sales Director Non-EU emphasized. In his view, the prospects of a sustainable increase in turnover in his area look promising: “VOCO dependably convinces with good products and competent dental consultants and, to my mind, there is still lots of potential for us to expand and grow.”

“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.”

Mexican guests attend product training session in Cuxhaven
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The wholesaler Onipo and its retail team from Mexico during their visit to VOCO

VOCO supplies dentists and dental companies all over the world with high-quality “Made in Germany” products. To ensure its customers are also properly informed on the products and their possibilities for use, VOCO offers a range of corresponding symposia and further training events at its in-house training centre. In early June, 25 Mexican guests (wholesaler “Onipo” and various retailers) visited the dental materials specialist in Cuxhaven for further training.

 

The day after their arrival, the guests kicked off their visit by discovering what the North Sea coast had to offer and taking a boat trip together to the island of Heligoland. The training day was all about the products. The focus was on the bracket bonding system BrackFix, the CAD/CAM blocks Grandio blocs and the universal adhesive Futurabond U. A tour of the company gave the visitors a good impression of the dental materials specialist’s work in research & development as well as production and packing.

“The wholesaler Onipo and its retail team displayed a great deal of interest in the VOCO products and were delighted by the further insights into the production workflow. Thanks to this exchange with the product coordinators, they now have a better foundation for presenting these high-quality products in Mexican dental practices,” summed up Area Manager José Martinez Velasco.

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.”

VOCO receives visitors from Lithuania
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Dentists and depot staff from Lithuania: They work with many VOCO products in th (Neu) (Neu)

In dental practices worldwide, the use of VOCO products is daily routine. Also, in Lithuania, the demand of innovative materials with the “Made in Germany” quality seal is growing steadily. Thus, during the visit of twelve dentists and depot staff from Vilimekso Servisas at VOCO’s headquarters, the focus was on the combination of new ideas with reliable quality.

 

After the greeting and a common welcome dinner, an extensive programme was on the agenda of the visitors from the Baltic state. Besides a company tour providing them with, for example, insights into the production processes, they obtained valuable information regarding VOCO products. Particularly Rebilda Post GT, Admira Fusion and V-Posil were highlighted.

The afternoon of the training day concentrated on testing. In a hands-on workshop, the participants tried out the practical handling of the glassfibre-reinforced composite post as well as the precision impression material V-Posil. Area Manager Marco Döhring concluded, “In Lithuania, dentists are working on a very high level and attach much importance to the quality of products. Hence, the market is developing well for VOCO.”  

 

The visit ended with a trip to the island Helgoland and an evening dinner in the city of Bremen.

V-Print model beige and V-Print SG – Two new printing materials
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V-Print model beige - V-Print SG

The V-Print model beige printing material is a (meth)acrylate-based, light-curing resin which is suitable for the additive production of precision components for all dental models. The material allows optimal visibility of the preparation margins and prevents showing through when applying shades to restorations – especially in the case of cores.

V-Print model beige impresses with its smooth and scratch-resistant surface. The material is suitable for DLP printers with a UV LED spectrum of 385 nm.

 

The V-Print SG 3D printing material is a class IIa medical device developed for the additive production of drilling templates. The high precision makes it easier to plan the implantation and produces more accurate results. For optimal clinical use,
V-Print SG can be steam sterilised at 134°C for max. 5 minutes without any detrimental effect to the accuracy of fit.

V-Print SG is biocompatible, flavourless and impresses in use with its high flexural strength. The high-quality, methacrylate-based resin is ideal for DLP printers with a UV LED spectrum of 385 nm.

Meron Plus QM – New paste-paste version
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Meron Plus QM

In Meron Plus QM, VOCO is offering a resin-reinforced glass ionomer luting cement in a paste-paste version in the practical QuickMix syringe, naturally with all the advantages of the tried-and-tested Meron Plus products – from self-adhesion to the thin film thickness right up to the continuous fluoride release. High adhesion values above those of a conventional glass ionomer luting cement ensure secure and reliable hold even in unfavourable conditions such as those encountered with short cores. The working time of 2 minutes (from the start of mixing) offers sufficient time for the luting of both individual restorations and bridges. At the same time, the products in the Meron Plus range all boast outstanding flow properties without unwanted flowing away and a high moisture tolerance.

 

Meron Plus QM is self-curing. Once the gel phase is achieved, the excess material can be removed simply and cleanly. In addition, the curing can also be individually controlled when removing the excess. Simply cure the excess material for 5-10 seconds and remove directly.

Grandio disc – Nanohybrid composite in discs
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Grandio disc

VOCO stands for outstanding product quality in the field of composite materials in particular, which is exactly why the CAD/CAM portfolio is now being expanded once again with Grandio disc shortly after the introduction of Grandio blocs. The nanohybrid composite discs can be used to produce inlays, onlays, veneers and crowns for permanent treatment. The special highlights are Grandio disc’s outstanding physical parameters, which make the material practically identical to natural tooth substance.

 

Yet another advantage is the accuracy with which the composite discs can be milled, which in turn guarantees an even more accurate fit. In addition, composites do not require the time-intensive firing procedure associated with other materials, they can be processed more quickly with milling devices and polish to a perfect finish.

 

Grandio disc is available in two degrees of translucency: LT (low translucent) is particularly suited to restorations in the anterior region and HT (high translucent) is suitable for restorations in the posterior region.

Dental training session for British Forces Germany
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Dentists from the British Armed Forces stationed in Germany together with course Postendodontic treatments require considerable dexterity. Our hands-on course gave the participants plenty of opportunity to practice each The dental team of the British Forces Germany were equally impressed with the Re

Eight members of the "British Forces Germany" (BFG) recently completed a very special kind of training session at VOCO: the officers from the dental teams of British military bases in Paderborn, Gütersloh and Bielefeld came to Cuxhaven to take a closer look at the products they use on a daily basis. They also had plenty of questions on the development and manufacture of the products, which we were able to answer during the course of a comprehensive tour of the various company divisions.

 

During their visit to the VOCO headquarters, however, Major Mohanad Abu-Mughaisib and his dental staff not only wanted to know more about the origin of the products and the work of researchers and developers, but were also keen to learn more about the application of products created in VOCO's cutting-edge laboratories.

 

Theory and Practice

Our training sessions covered both theoretical and practical aspects of the products: in their compelling lectures, Dr. Matthias Mehring and Dr. Peter Kopecky (VOCO Science Communication) covered a range of fascinating subjects, including the role played by ORMOCER®e in creating a successful, innovative restorative material and the advantages of glass-fibre-reinforced composite root posts for the purpose of postendodontic core build-up. This was followed by a practical session: during a hands-on course in the modern VOCO training centre, participants were taken through the application of root posts step-by-step.

 

This special session for the BFG dentists was then rounded off with a technical discussion on the latest topics in the world of dentistry.

Success factor research: perfecting innovative restorations
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45 dental students from the University of Groningen visited the VOCO dental mate A brief theoretical session was followed by a useful hands-on course. The post-endo Rebilda Post system requires considerable dexterity. Practice makes perfect when it comes to working with glass-fibre-reinforced comp The students appreciated the in-depth approach to all the topics. Restorative treatments and the relevant modern materials were also discussed in In between company tours, lectures and hands-on courses, the students were also

Most prospective dentists will agree that optimum treatment requires excellent material. In March, a group of Dutch students from the University of Groningen visited the VOCO dental materials specialists in order to gain a first-hand impression of one of the world's leading dental material manufacturers.

 

Understand – Experience – Apply

However, their trip to Cuxhaven offered far more than just a peek behind the scenes: touring around the company, the 45 dental students were not only granted an insight into all key divisions, such as Research + Development and Production, but were also given the chance to understand, experience and apply the products for themselves. Despite being at various stages in their university studies (33 in their 2nd to 4th semester, twelve already studying for their Master's degree), the technical programme offered all students an excellent mixture of interesting lectures and exciting hands-on courses.

 

Greater insight

The programme focussed on, among others, the following topics: adhesive techniques, temporary crowns and bridges and, of course, advanced restorative materials. This saw the Dutch students investigating why ORMOCER®e, as found in Admira Fusion, is the key to successful innovative restorations and the role played by many years of research. Great dexterity was then required during the practical courses in the modern VOCO training centre – such as when using glass-fibre-reinforced root posts for post-endo treatments with the new bundled system Rebilda Post GT.

 

The students left Cuxhaven not only with many useful tips and greater insight into a range of technical refinements, but also with a very personal impression of VOCO that further underpinned their confidence in the quality brand.

V-Print splint – 3D printing material
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V-Print splint

Those suffering from bruxism can often be helped with an occlusal splint, which should be worn as frequently as possible and therefore needs to be of a certain durability, which is best achieved by a high grade of elasticity. VOCO’s new 3D printing material V-Print splint offers exactly that.

 

V-Print splint is a light-curing resin, designed for generative production using a 385 nm LED DLP printer. This printing material is suitable for:

  • splints used in treatments,
  • bleaching trays, as well as
  • auxiliary parts and functional parts for dental diagnostics.

 

V-Print splint  can be used for printing in layers of 25 μm, 50 μm, 75 μm or 100 μm thickness. Just like V-Print SG and V-Print ortho, V-Print splint
has been carefully matched to the SolFlex printer, thus producing optimal printing results.

Ceramic Bond SingleDose – coupling agent for ceramics and composites
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Ceramic Bond SingleDose

In this day and age, hardly any dental practice will utilise adhesives in 3-bottle-systems, and there is good reason for that: after all, adhesives have by now become available in single-bottle systems and also in SingleDose presentation. Both of these versions guarantee quick and straightforward working, putting an end to mixing errors. Reason enough to now also offer VOCO‘s proven coupling agent, Ceramic Bond, in SingleDose.

 

Ceramic Bond provides an optimal chemical bond between restoration and luting material (e.g. Bifix QM) for indirect ceramic or composite restorations.

 

In the SingleDose version Ceramic Bond is simple, quick and hygienic to apply. It is also incredibly straightforward to use: apply, allow to take effect, then dry.

Three alternatives to amalgam fillings
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The EU has resolved that dentists may no longer use amalgam fillings in children under the age of 15, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. So what alternatives are available to dentists?

With the restorative materials IonoStar Plus, Ionolux and x-tra fil from VOCO, dentists can choose between three different products which can be processed more easily and quickly than amalgam, yet which are just as cost-effective and long-lasting. What’s more, they are significantly more aesthetic.

 

A high-quality alternative

 

When time is of the essence, VOCO recommends IonoStar Plus. The glass ionomer material is a self-curing restorative material which cures in just two minutes making it ideal for treating children. IonoStar Plus is ideal for the permanent restoration of deciduous teeth and comes in four shades.

 

Those who want to determine when the curing process is to begin should opt for Ionolux. The light-curing glass ionomer offers flexibility and covers a broad range of indications (e.g. Class I fillings). Ionolux is available in five different shades.

 

VOCO recommends the composite x-tra fil for definitive restorations in permanent teeth.

With x-tra fil dentists get a composite restorative material with strong physical properties which guarantee a permanent yet economical solution. It can be inserted in increments of up to 4 mm and cured within 10 seconds.

Readers’ Choice Award for Admira Fusion
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Readers' Choice Award

For the second time, the US American journal Dentistry Today has selected the top 25 “First Impression” category products. And VOCO’s Admira Fusion is among them again this year.

 

Dr. George Freedman’s reasoning reads as follows: The two main problems confronting dentists when placing direct composite restorations are short-term and long-term shrinkage. VOCO‘s Admira Fusion is the first fully ceramic universal restorative material, and it contains both fillers and a matrix which are based on silicon oxide (no BISGMA, BPA, UDMA/HEMA or TEGDMA). The nano/ORMOCER technology reduces the restorative shrinkage to 1.25 % by volume, and shrinkage stress by up to 50 % (3.87 MPa), thus improving long-term integrity. Admira Fusion is compatible with all types of bonding agent and offers excellent shade stability as well as outanding balance of translucence and opacity, which makes restorations highly aesthetic. Admira Fusion is non-sticky and easy to work with. This composite is available in 18 shades, all of which can be polished to a high gloss with ease.

Better than existing favourites: Five stars for V-Posil
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The test dentists from the renowned Zahnmedizin Report rated V-Posil “very good” V-Posil won over the test dentists: over 85 per cent would be happy to recommend The addition silicone-based impression material is available in five different v V-Posil: Particularly precise impressions combined with optimal working conditio

As a “sophisticated impression-taking system” with particularly high precision, a working time suited to practice requirements and a conveniently short exposure period in the mouth, the VPS impression material V-Posil (VOCO) left a great impression on the independent test dentists. More than half of the dentists even found V-Posil better than their current favourite products. The Zahnmedizin Report (IWW Institut) gave the addition silicone a rating of “very good” overall and awarded it five stars out of five.

 

This assessment is based not only on the personal practical experiences of each of the test dentists, but also on the measurements recorded concerning the product’s physical properties. V-Posil amazed from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. The extraoral working time and the intraoral setting time are both approximately (up to) 2 minutes. “Optimal conditions” according to the testers. The dentists – all experienced addition silicone users – also appreciated the simple manner of removal from the patient’s mouth, the precision fit of the restoration, the dimensional stability, the colour contrast of the preliminary impression material and the correction impression material as well as the “readability” of the impression.

 

More than 85 per cent of the Zahnmedizin Report testers would be happy to recommend V-Posil to their colleagues and also want to use it themselves in future. For good reason: compared with the products used to date, V-Posil offers greater dimensional stability, can be “carved” better and offers a smoother surface in combination with a higher degree of precision. The entire V-Posil system with the viscosities Heavy Soft Fast, Putty Fast, Light Fast, X-Light Fast and Mono Fast as well as V-Posil Adhesive, the tray adhesive for VPS, was awarded the overall rating of 1.3 and thus the full five stars out of five.

V-Print model beige and V-Print SG – Two new printing materials
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V-Print model beige - V-Print SG

The V-Print model beige printing material is a (meth)acrylate-based, light-curing resin which is suitable for the additive production of precision components for all dental models. The material allows optimal visibility of the preparation margins and prevents showing through when applying shades to restorations – especially in the case of cores.

V-Print model beige impresses with its smooth and scratch-resistant surface. The material is suitable for DLP printers with a UV LED spectrum of 385 nm.

 

The V-Print SG 3D printing material is a class IIa medical device developed for the additive production of drilling templates. The high precision makes it easier to plan the implantation and produces more accurate results. For optimal clinical use,
V-Print SG can be steam sterilised at 134°C for max. 5 minutes without any detrimental effect to the accuracy of fit.

V-Print SG is biocompatible, flavourless and impresses in use with its high flexural strength. The high-quality, methacrylate-based resin is ideal for DLP printers with a UV LED spectrum of 385 nm.

Meron Plus QM – New paste-paste version
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Meron Plus QM

In Meron Plus QM, VOCO is offering a resin-reinforced glass ionomer luting cement in a paste-paste version in the practical QuickMix syringe, naturally with all the advantages of the tried-and-tested Meron Plus products – from self-adhesion to the thin film thickness right up to the continuous fluoride release. High adhesion values above those of a conventional glass ionomer luting cement ensure secure and reliable hold even in unfavourable conditions such as those encountered with short cores. The working time of 2 minutes (from the start of mixing) offers sufficient time for the luting of both individual restorations and bridges. At the same time, the products in the Meron Plus range all boast outstanding flow properties without unwanted flowing away and a high moisture tolerance.

 

Meron Plus QM is self-curing. Once the gel phase is achieved, the excess material can be removed simply and cleanly. In addition, the curing can also be individually controlled when removing the excess. Simply cure the excess material for 5-10 seconds and remove directly.

Grandio disc – Nanohybrid composite in discs
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Grandio disc

VOCO stands for outstanding product quality in the field of composite materials in particular, which is exactly why the CAD/CAM portfolio is now being expanded once again with Grandio disc shortly after the introduction of Grandio blocs. The nanohybrid composite discs can be used to produce inlays, onlays, veneers and crowns for permanent treatment. The special highlights are Grandio disc’s outstanding physical parameters, which make the material practically identical to natural tooth substance.

 

Yet another advantage is the accuracy with which the composite discs can be milled, which in turn guarantees an even more accurate fit. In addition, composites do not require the time-intensive firing procedure associated with other materials, they can be processed more quickly with milling devices and polish to a perfect finish.

 

Grandio disc is available in two degrees of translucency: LT (low translucent) is particularly suited to restorations in the anterior region and HT (high translucent) is suitable for restorations in the posterior region.

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.

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

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

 

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

From training room to race track
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Even though their professions are quite different, there are some parallels between dentists and racing drivers. Both are wearing work clothes and are familiar with high speeds: The dentist knows it from his daily work with the dental turbine; the racing driver knows it from his highly-motorized vehicle. So why not change the doctor’s white coat with a racing suit?

That’s exactly what VOCO and the Danish depot ‘Cenger’ thought and thus, they organized a training day followed by an event on the race track.

 

Recently, 22 Danish dentists met at the motorsport race track Jyllandsringen located in the middle of the Danish region Midtjylland. However, before the dentists were allowed to feel as a racing driver and get on the race track, they participated in a comprehensive training programme. Dentist Eren Cicek gave a lecture on the production of inlays with VOCO’s GrandioSO Inlay System and Matthias Mehring, Manager Department Knowledge Communication, presented bonding products, particularly Futurabond U, to the dentists.

Enthusiastic about the characteristics of the different products, the training participants were pleased to receive many practical tips. They could make immediate use of these tips in the following hands-on course, during which they were able to test the bonding, the nano-hybrid ORMOCER restorative material Admira Fusion as well as the restorative material GrandioSO.

 

Afterwards, VOCO and the depot invited the dentists to a trip on the race track. The training participants got a brief instruction and could then prove their driving skills on the race course with its 22 curves.

Visit of renowned dentists from ‘REALITY Publishing Company’
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Dr. Michael Miller with his wife Dr. Ingrid Castellanos and daughter Jennifer (m

The ‘REALITY Publishing Company’ is a full-service information and product testing company located in Texas. A team of 37 of the most distinguished and renowned dentists from all over the world as well as nine additional members of the editorial board are responsible for different print publications and a wide range of online services in the field of aesthetic dentistry. Recently, two members of the editorial board visited VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven.

 

Since 1975, Dr. Michael Miller (photo left) is a dentist and runs a private practice in Houston, Texas. He is the author of a series of articles on bonding, lectures internationally and is a Fellow of the ‘Academy of General Dentistry’. Furthermore, he is a founding member of the ‘American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’ and has memberships in the ‘International Association of Dental Research/American Association of Dental Research’ as well as in the ‘Academy of Dental Materials’. Dr. Miller is co-founder and President of the ‘REALITY Publishing Company’ and professor at the ‘University of Texas School of Dentistry’.

 

He was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Ingrid Castellanos (photo right). She is specialized in orthodontics, lectures internationally and is a member of the 'International Association of Dental Research’, of the ‘Mexican Academy of Orthodontists’, of the ‘American Association of Orthodontists’ and a Fellow of the ‘World Federation of Orthodontists’.

Ingrid Castellanos and Michael Miller travelled to Germany not only to get an impression of the company, where the products made in Germany are manufactured, but also to visit their daughter Jennifer (photo in the middle). For several weeks, she did an internship at VOCO’s research and development department. The visitors from the USA were guided by Leif Ebert (Managing Director VOCO America) and Matthias Mehring (Manager Knowledge Communication).

VOCO welcomes dentists from Turkey
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Dentists from Turkey visited VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven under the guidance

Toothache is not a pleasant experience, particularly if you are on holiday. But if you go to a Turkish dentist, you might be lucky. As many resident dentists there use VOCO’s products ‘Made in Germany’.

Recently, some of them visited VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven. Besides a company tour providing the group with, for example, insights into the production processes, they obtained valuable information regarding VOCO’s composite products. Here, the focus was especially on Admira Fusion. In the late afternoon of the training day, Prof. Dr. Muharrem Erhan Ҫömlekoğlu gave a lecture on the possibilities of digital and conventional production of inlays and onlays.  

 

 

Lectures in cooperation with universities

 

There is not only a training programme at VOCO’s headquarters, regular courses take place in Turkey too. Area Manager Michael Kannieß explained, ‘These courses are organised by dentist Dr. Volga Akbas in cooperation with opinion-formers from renowned universities. In 2018 alone, there are 28 planned courses.’ He continued, ‘For many years, VOCO is successfully operating on the Turkish market. This is also due to our local sales team, who is working together with selected regional dealers.’   

 

The Turkish dentists spent in any case a very informative training day in Cuxhaven. Prof. Dr. Güniz Baksi concluded, ‘I am deeply impressed by the company’s working methods and the quality of the products. I really enjoyed every moment in Cuxhaven.’

 

The dentists rounded off their visit with a dinner in the evening and a joint excursion to Hamburg. Here, they visited the plaza of the ‘Elbphilharmonie’ (Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall) and experienced during a boat cruise the Hanseatic City from the water.

 

Visitors from overseas
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13 Filipino dentists and Country Manager Joseph Postigo (on the right) visited V Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On Hands-On

In dental practices worldwide, the use of VOCO products is daily routine. In the Philippines too, the demand of innovative materials with the “Made in Germany” quality seal is growing steadily. Hence, during the visit of a group of Filipino dentists at VOCO’s headquarters in Cuxhaven, the focus was on the combination of new ideas with reliable quality.

 

The visitors from overseas obtained comprehensive information and practical advice regarding the purely ceramic-based restorative material Admira Fusion, the Rebilda Post System for post-endodontic treatment as well as the CAD/CAM blocks Grandio blocs.

During a company tour, the advanced training offered the dentists the possibility to take a look behind the scenes of one of the leading manufacturers of dental materials and to ask questions about VOCO’s research and development as well as its production.

 

Area Manager Rüdiger Wilczek concluded “Also in Southeast Asia, VOCO’s quality products are much sought-after by dentists. Many of them use our products in their dental practices for years. During their visit in Cuxhaven, the dentists could see how they are manufactured and packed.”

 

The visit ended with a transfer to Bremen in the evening and, on the next day, with a sightseeing tour in the Hanseatic City.

“Made in Germany” has an excellent reputation
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The representatives of the Romanian depot (from left to right): Dana Berende, Ma

The success of partnerships depends, among other things, on how firmly both partners stick together, and how committed they are to lastingly strengthen their partnership. This is also the case with the company VOCO, manufacturer of dental materials, who maintains partnerships with trading companies around the world. VOCO regularly organizes information trainings at the Cuxhaven headquarters in order to enable the particular local dental consultants to provide their customers from dental practices and laboratories with materials and, additionally, to support them with competent advice. Hence, representatives of the Romanian depot Nastimed visited VOCO recently.

 

After the welcome and company presentation by Area Manager Matthias Wolf, the guests took a look behind the scenes: During an extensive company tour, they were able to get their own impression of VOCO’s research and development department as well as of the production facilities.

 

Area Manager Matthias Wolf states “In Romania, products ‘Made in Germany’ have an excellent reputation. Thus, it is important that VOCO has such a strong local sales partner as Nastimed who supplies dentists and dental technicians with our dental materials.”

International Sales Meeting at VOCO HQ
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Ill.: (l.t.r.) Sales Director Non-EU, Heinz-Peter Schnicke, alongside  Australia

Dentists and dental laboratories appreciate not only high-quality dental products, but also the accompanying advice provided by competent dental consultants. Thus VOCO’s almost 400-strong team of dental consultants operating in Germany and other countries receives regular training at the company’s base in Cuxhaven. Their product-related knowledge is brought up to date, questions are tackled and sales-specific aspects and marketing strategies for their respective markets are discussed. One such event recently brought the Australian dental consultants to Cuxhaven for a sales meeting, which also included an equally intensive and varied training programme for them to participate in. Special emphasis was placed on products for prohphylaxis, such as VOCO Profluorid Varnish, Remin Pro, CleanJoy and Bifluorid, as well as the flowable composite material Admira Fusion Flow.

 

“It is crucial for us to have knowledgeable and committed consultants, who place their competent and reliable expertise at the disposal of dental practices and distribution companies,” as Heinz-Peter Schnicke, Sales Director Non-EU emphasized. In his view, the prospects of a sustainable increase in turnover in his area look promising: “VOCO dependably convinces with good products and competent dental consultants and, to my mind, there is still lots of potential for us to expand and grow.”

Mexican guests attend product training session in Cuxhaven
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The wholesaler Onipo and its retail team from Mexico during their visit to VOCO

VOCO supplies dentists and dental companies all over the world with high-quality “Made in Germany” products. To ensure its customers are also properly informed on the products and their possibilities for use, VOCO offers a range of corresponding symposia and further training events at its in-house training centre. In early June, 25 Mexican guests (wholesaler “Onipo” and various retailers) visited the dental materials specialist in Cuxhaven for further training.

 

The day after their arrival, the guests kicked off their visit by discovering what the North Sea coast had to offer and taking a boat trip together to the island of Heligoland. The training day was all about the products. The focus was on the bracket bonding system BrackFix, the CAD/CAM blocks Grandio blocs and the universal adhesive Futurabond U. A tour of the company gave the visitors a good impression of the dental materials specialist’s work in research & development as well as production and packing.

“The wholesaler Onipo and its retail team displayed a great deal of interest in the VOCO products and were delighted by the further insights into the production workflow. Thanks to this exchange with the product coordinators, they now have a better foundation for presenting these high-quality products in Mexican dental practices,” summed up Area Manager José Martinez Velasco.

VOCO receives visitors from Lithuania
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Dentists and depot staff from Lithuania: They work with many VOCO products in th (Neu) (Neu)

In dental practices worldwide, the use of VOCO products is daily routine. Also, in Lithuania, the demand of innovative materials with the “Made in Germany” quality seal is growing steadily. Thus, during the visit of twelve dentists and depot staff from Vilimekso Servisas at VOCO’s headquarters, the focus was on the combination of new ideas with reliable quality.

 

After the greeting and a common welcome dinner, an extensive programme was on the agenda of the visitors from the Baltic state. Besides a company tour providing them with, for example, insights into the production processes, they obtained valuable information regarding VOCO products. Particularly Rebilda Post GT, Admira Fusion and V-Posil were highlighted.

The afternoon of the training day concentrated on testing. In a hands-on workshop, the participants tried out the practical handling of the glassfibre-reinforced composite post as well as the precision impression material V-Posil. Area Manager Marco Döhring concluded, “In Lithuania, dentists are working on a very high level and attach much importance to the quality of products. Hence, the market is developing well for VOCO.”  

 

The visit ended with a trip to the island Helgoland and an evening dinner in the city of Bremen.

Dental training session for British Forces Germany
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Dentists from the British Armed Forces stationed in Germany together with course Postendodontic treatments require considerable dexterity. Our hands-on course gave the participants plenty of opportunity to practice each The dental team of the British Forces Germany were equally impressed with the Re

Eight members of the "British Forces Germany" (BFG) recently completed a very special kind of training session at VOCO: the officers from the dental teams of British military bases in Paderborn, Gütersloh and Bielefeld came to Cuxhaven to take a closer look at the products they use on a daily basis. They also had plenty of questions on the development and manufacture of the products, which we were able to answer during the course of a comprehensive tour of the various company divisions.

 

During their visit to the VOCO headquarters, however, Major Mohanad Abu-Mughaisib and his dental staff not only wanted to know more about the origin of the products and the work of researchers and developers, but were also keen to learn more about the application of products created in VOCO's cutting-edge laboratories.

 

Theory and Practice

Our training sessions covered both theoretical and practical aspects of the products: in their compelling lectures, Dr. Matthias Mehring and Dr. Peter Kopecky (VOCO Science Communication) covered a range of fascinating subjects, including the role played by ORMOCER®e in creating a successful, innovative restorative material and the advantages of glass-fibre-reinforced composite root posts for the purpose of postendodontic core build-up. This was followed by a practical session: during a hands-on course in the modern VOCO training centre, participants were taken through the application of root posts step-by-step.

 

This special session for the BFG dentists was then rounded off with a technical discussion on the latest topics in the world of dentistry.

Success factor research: perfecting innovative restorations
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45 dental students from the University of Groningen visited the VOCO dental mate A brief theoretical session was followed by a useful hands-on course. The post-endo Rebilda Post system requires considerable dexterity. Practice makes perfect when it comes to working with glass-fibre-reinforced comp The students appreciated the in-depth approach to all the topics. Restorative treatments and the relevant modern materials were also discussed in In between company tours, lectures and hands-on courses, the students were also

Most prospective dentists will agree that optimum treatment requires excellent material. In March, a group of Dutch students from the University of Groningen visited the VOCO dental materials specialists in order to gain a first-hand impression of one of the world's leading dental material manufacturers.

 

Understand – Experience – Apply

However, their trip to Cuxhaven offered far more than just a peek behind the scenes: touring around the company, the 45 dental students were not only granted an insight into all key divisions, such as Research + Development and Production, but were also given the chance to understand, experience and apply the products for themselves. Despite being at various stages in their university studies (33 in their 2nd to 4th semester, twelve already studying for their Master's degree), the technical programme offered all students an excellent mixture of interesting lectures and exciting hands-on courses.

 

Greater insight

The programme focussed on, among others, the following topics: adhesive techniques, temporary crowns and bridges and, of course, advanced restorative materials. This saw the Dutch students investigating why ORMOCER®e, as found in Admira Fusion, is the key to successful innovative restorations and the role played by many years of research. Great dexterity was then required during the practical courses in the modern VOCO training centre – such as when using glass-fibre-reinforced root posts for post-endo treatments with the new bundled system Rebilda Post GT.

 

The students left Cuxhaven not only with many useful tips and greater insight into a range of technical refinements, but also with a very personal impression of VOCO that further underpinned their confidence in the quality brand.

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
VOCO Dental Aid
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
VOCO Dental Aid
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.