Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) unveiled today an updated and expanded patient treatment center, equipped with state-of-the art digital dentistry technology and laboratory resources from Dentsply Sirona. In recognition of Dentsply Sirona’s support, the center will be named in the company’s honor, an announcement that was made today by GSDM Dean ad interim Cataldo Leone at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Dentsply Sirona’s Chief Financial Officer Jorge Gomez and Chief Clinical Officer Terri Dolan.
“We are so appreciative of Dentsply Sirona’s support of cutting-edge dental education and patient care,” said Dean Leone. “We have built a state-of-the-art Patient Treatment Center outfitted with cutting edge dental technology from Dentsply Sirona. This allows us to provide our patients – who are often among the most underserved populations in Boston – the best oral healthcare possible, and will help position our school as a global leader in dental education.”
Through GSDM’s collaboration with Dentsply Sirona, GSDM outfitted 100 patient treatment spaces in its predoctoral Patient Treatment Center with Dentsply Sirona’s Teneo dental chairs, making GSDM the first dental school in the U.S. to install and use these technologically advanced chairs. The Teneo chairs provide seamless digital integration for the school’s students and its patients, and have expanded dramatically what GSDM students are able to do chair-side.
The collaboration also supported the creation of state-of-the-art laboratories that include digital radiography with two-dimensional and three-dimensional imaging, and robust five-axis milling units, and will support a team of certified laboratory technicians who will provide assistance to faculty and students.
“GSDM’s goals align with those of Dentsply Sirona. This cooperation shows both sides are committed to empowering current and future dental professionals through education, and research,” said Terri Dolan, chief clinical officer at Dentsply Sirona.
“As a corporation, we believe it is our social responsibility to focus on initiatives and collaborations that aim to improve oral healthcare,” Dolan said. “This often starts in the classroom, which is why we are dedicated to supporting high-quality dental education, like that offered at GSDM.”
In the new Dentsply Sirona Patient Treatment Center, students are using the integrated digital dentistry technology in the Teneo dental chairs to create an efficient workflow for a wide range of procedures, including: milled inlay and onlay fillings, milled crowns and bridges; surgically guided dental implants; ultrasonic cleanings; root canals with the use of 3D imaging; 3D printing of dentures and surgical guides; and chair-side, single-visit crowns using Omnicams, an advanced intraoral scanner.
GSDM and Dentsply Sirona have worked closely together since the advent of CAD/CAM technologies in oral healthcare. This continued collaboration will help each organization further its goals – all while pushing the fields of dental education and oral healthcare to new heights.
Construction on the Dentsply Sirona Patient Treatment Center was completed in June 2021. The work was part of a larger addition and renovation construction project at GSDM that increased the school’s total predoctoral clinical space by 60 percent.
GSDM has long been a leader in digital dentistry. In 2014, under the leadership of Dean emeritus Jeffrey Hutter, it became the first dental school in the country to implement a “fully digital” vision for providing oral healthcare to its patients and for educating its students. That leading-edge innovation was made possible thanks to the collaboration with Dentsply Sirona, and GSDM has continued to build on that foundation of innovation in the subsequent years, through efforts such as the development of the Dentsply Sirona Patient Treatment Center.