Liechtenstein-based Ivoclar Vivadent, a manufacturer of dental applications, has partnered with local dental supplier Ivodent to open a hi-tech dental training and continuing education centre in Cape Town.
According to a Weekend Argus report, the Cape Town centre is its 30th International Centre for Dental Education and the first in Southern Africa. It hopes to draw not only dentists but dental technologists, therapists and hygienists to its workshop facility, which has the latest in state-of-the-art training equipment.
“We see this as an important platform to exchange knowledge and an exciting addition to our global dental education network,” said Andreas Meier, country manager for Ivoclar Vivadent, Liechtenstein. “It is vital to keep the profession well informed,” said Ian Hockly, a technical advisor at Ivodent, which manages the centre, the culmination of a long collaboration between Ivodent and Ivoclar Vivadent.
“We are moving into an era of dentistry only dreamt about many years ago.
“Many procedures can now be done in a lab using CAD/ CAM and there are developments such as 3D printing and the potential of robotics.
“But advances in technologies and materials can be confusing and a facility such as this will help the profession stay abreast with developments as they happen,” said Hockly.
The report says the centre, which officially launched last month, provides those who attend workshops with a fully equipped workstation, which allow them to practise what is being demonstrated.Weekend Argus report