In July 2018, Dentsply Sirona partnered with two exciting projects in Brazil. A team from Doctors without Borders, with Dr. Caio Machado, travelled for 35 days to the indigenous people of Amazonia to deliver dental treatment directly on site.
Another group led by Prof. Manoel Eduardo de Lima Machado, from Sao Paulo University, accompanied them to provide endodontic treatment to the patients.
Dentsply Sirona Endodontics, Restorative, Implants and CAD/CAM products were used on site.
The aim of this initiative was to give a smile back every day to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to receive dental treatment.
"It was a remarkable experience," said Fabiana Schleder Ruiz, Marketing Manager CEREC Europe, Canada and Latin America at Dentsply Sirona and a volunteer on the trip. "We produced full-zirconia restorations in Amazonia for the first time ever. The CEREC SpeedFire was supplied with energy from a generator on a boat and reached 1,200 degrees in the middle of the rainforest."
Dr. Caio Machado comments, "CEREC proved to be very robust but was also exceedingly easy to use, which was very helpful to us on site. In total, the modern technology from Dentsply Sirona allowed us to conduct more than 3.678 dental treatments and treat over 1.096 patients very quickly and, most importantly, very safely".
Over the course of the expedition, the volunteers not only provided them with CEREC restorations but also with implantology and endodontic treatment. Children were given small dental care sets comprising toothbrushes and toothpaste.
For Prof. Manoel Machado, this work was part of "Project 32", a name which represents the importance of all 32 teeth and which is funded by Dentsply Sirona Endodontics. The aim is to improve the social integration and comprehensive oral health care of the Brazilian population through an efficient technique with a standardized endodontic protocol and a quick learning curve.
"As a market and technology leader in the dental market, we believe we have great social responsibility," says Pamela Marklew, Vice President Clinical Affairs at Dentsply Sirona Endodontics.
For more informations about this project, visit the website: https://news.dentsplysirona.com/en/business-units/cad-cam/2018/dentsply-sirona-supported-tooth-preservation-and-oral-health-pro.html
For more information on Doutores Sem Fronteiras (Doctors without Borders) visit : www.dsf.org.br
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