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National University of Singapore officially opens new specialist facility

Following an extensive planning and consultation phase carried out by its International Special Clinic Solutions business division (ISCS), Dentsply Sirona was awarded the contract to install the modern Sinius treatment centers in 2017. This was implemented together with Fondaco, Singapore and included extensive training of the teaching staff and students on how to use the Sinius centers.

"In January this year, the final treatment centers for the National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore [NUCOHS] left the warehouse," explained Jörg Vogel, Vice President of the ISCS. "We are very pleased and proud that we have successfully implemented a project of unmatched size for us for one of the most renowned dental faculties in the Asia-Pacific region."

Dental treatments on a larger scale

Since July, up to 500 patients a day can be treated at the NUCOHS. The centre also offers the population a number of treatment options with advanced technologies - from general dental to subsidised, highly specialised procedures. A focal point here is the growing need for dental care among older patients and those with special needs. As a result, all treatment rooms are wheelchair accessible, with some of them designed so that even patients with severely limited mobility can access the treatment.

Education closely linked to community

In addition to providing outstanding clinical care, the NUCOHS is committed to excellence in research and education. The centre is home to Singapore's only Chair of Dentistry at the NUS. By integrating the Chair in the centre, students can be trained on a larger scale than before. Furthermore, the faculty focuses on the advantages of education within the community. Thanks to direct contact with patients, students should already become familiar with their needs for dental care and treatments early on in their career.

Modern technologies for a high standard of education

"We would like to offer our students first-class education in the field of dentistry and thus prepare them as well as possible for their practice routine," said the Dean of Faculty, Professor Patrick F. Allen. "In addition to community-based training, we focused on innovative teaching methods and the use of high-quality technologies."

This is reflected not only in the high standard of equipment in the treatment rooms; the NUS also offers its students the possibility of learning the basics of clinical procedures with the help of virtual reality and haptic simulation.

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