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New Zealand’s dental students and patients are about to benefit from an entirely new and purpose-built dental teaching facility at the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus. As one of the last steps of this demanding construction project, Dentsply Sirona provided experienced trainers from Germany and Australia to teach the super-users how to work with the new Sinius treatment centres. In March, these super-users learnt about the full capabilities of the state-of-the-art treatment centres and their associated equipment and are now providing training sessions to the dental faculty staff and students. The completion of the new training facility, expected to be in full operation by the end of this month, is the first part of a two-phase building project worth NZ$30 million (€17.5 million).
Supporting workflow-oriented dental training
Prof. Alison Rich, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago, commented that, “The fact that the Sinius treatment centres are installed and operational is an exciting milestone because it demonstrates clearly that we will be in our new facility soon. We designed the clinics with a dedicated focus on people—patients, students and staff—and thus chose Dentsply Sirona’s Sinius treatment centres.” The new building has been designed to accommodate modern dental processes and workflows. Each bay offers adequate space for students, supervisors and patients. Every treatment centre is equipped with a host of services, including power, data, water, drainage, compressed air, dental suction and a central dosing system that cleans internal pipework.
The University of Otago opted for Dentsply Sirona’s Sinius treatment centres and additional equipment after an international call for tenders in 2018. “Our offer met the Faculty of Dentistry’s needs and enables all the services to be connected to New Zealand standards,” explained Peter Rössling, Director of Sales for International Special Clinic Solutions at Dentsply Sirona.
Each of the 211 Sinius treatment centres integrates various functions, including displaying the patient’s records as well as digital radiographs and scans on a chairside screen; a digital impression system—Dentsply Sirona’s CEREC Omnicam—that takes dental images that are also accessible via the chairside screen; and a digital self-cleaning system that ensures stringent infection control standards.
Dentsply Sirona’s Vionex software solution connects all Sinius treatment centres so that their operation can be monitored centrally via the Internet to immediately identify and address maintenance needs.
“The Sinius treatment centres are designed specifically for the University of Otago’s requirements to fit perfectly to several areas of applications, such as general dental care as well as orthodontics, special care and paediatrics,” summarised Jörg Vogel, Vice President of Sales for International Special Clinic Solutions at Dentsply Sirona. Prior to the installation of all Sinius treatment centres, the Faculty of Dentistry performed rigorous tests with a sample unit in a mock-up of a typical clinic treatment bay to ensure that the real-life set-up would work for staff and students.
Successful conclusion of an ambitious installation project
By the end of 2018, Dentsply Sirona had installed the Sinius treatment centres on behalf of the University of Otago. The project team was comprised of internationally trained technicians and experts from a local medical engineering company who had undertaken an intensive training programme at Dentsply Sirona’s production site in Bensheim in Germany.
They installed the entire range of dental equipment, including 211 Sinius treatment centres in eight different configurations, 33 Heliodent Plus intra-oral imaging systems, as well as Orthophos 2-D and 3-D extra-oral imaging systems and 2,000 instruments.
In addition to the specialty and teaching clinics, the new building will house the university's primary care unit and radiography and surgical suites. It is part of a two-part building complex that includes the Walsh Building, which has been used hitherto for the new training facility’s purposes. After its refurbishment, the Walsh Building will house research laboratories, academic offices, student support facilities and teaching laboratories.