Tulsa, Okla. (September 26, 2013) – DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties, a manufacturer and marketer of innovative products for endodontics (ie, ProTaper NEXT®, WaveOne®, GuttaCore®, ProUltra®) recently made a significant donation to help establish the University of Tennessee’s new Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics. The university used the funds to purchase endodontic equipment featuring the latest technology that is housed in a newly renovated, state-of-the-art teaching facility located on the university’s Health Science Center campus in Memphis, Tenn. The new clinic is named after the company in honor of its contribution.
“Ultimately, we are driving better dentistry practices by helping to fund endodontic programs like the one at the University of Tennessee,” said John Voskuil, vice president and general manager of DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties. “Offering an enhanced education to these students provides health benefits to the entire community because they train on the latest equipment and technologies.”
Previously, University of Tennessee dental students had to leave the state to receive endodontic training. The addition of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics was a long-time goal of the university’s College of Dentistry and a demonstration of its commitment to giving patients in the community more options when a higher level of endodontic care is necessary. With the new clinic, students can learn in a total digital operatory with custom endodontic carts, digital radiography, practice management software and microscopes connected to high-definition plasma screens.
“We would not have been able to launch this program without the support and collaboration of partners like DENTSPLY,” said Adam Lloyd, BDS, MS, chair of the department of endodontics at the University of Tennessee. “As a teaching program for the endodontic specialty, our goal is to provide a clinical setting that comes as close to a real-life practice as possible. DENTSPLY is a recognized leader in endodontic best practices and our partnership with them is a tremendous asset in equipping our specialists to practice using the best available technology.”
University of Tennessee officials and representatives from DENTSPLY unveiled the new facility by holding a ribbon cutting and community open house on Sept. 6, 2013.
For more information about the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Endodontics, visit http://www.uthsc.edu/dentistry/Grad/Endo/.