New center for specialty dentistry opens at NUS

In a joint initiative with the National University Health System (NUHS), the Faculty of Dentistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS) officially opened its new treatment center on the Kent Ridge Campus in July. The National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore (NUCOHS) answers the population's growing need for access to general and specialty dental treatments. The center also offers more students the possibility of community-based education with access to high-end equipment in dentistry. For example, the NUS provides its students, among other things, with 265 Sinius treatment centers from Dentsply Sirona to use for treatments.

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 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 center also offers the population a number of treatment options with advanced technologies – from general dental treatments to subsidized, highly specialized 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 centers easily. 

Education closely linked to community 

In addition to providing outstanding clinical care for its patients, the NUCOHS is primarily committed to excellence in research and education. The center is home to Singapore's only Chair of Dentistry at the NUS. By integrating the Chair in the center, 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 the 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. 

This article was originally posted by Dental Access.and has re-posted with permission. 

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