DenTeC and DENTSPLY partner on dental innovations

DenTeC's partnership with DENTSPLY will help jumpstart work on several real-world innovations needed in dentistry

DENTSPLY International Inc. has joined with Georgia Tech's Dental Technology Center (DenTeC) to partner on several innovative research projects.

DenTeC, a non-profit, multidisciplinary research center focused on advancing dental science and technology, is bringing its engineering expertise to dentistry by integrating engineering and dental science to develop new products and technology for dentistry and craniofacial medicine. The center will pursue dentistry-related research in nanotechnology, photonics and optics, imaging, rapid prototyping, material development and testing, tissue-material interface evaluation and software and hardware development.

DenTeC's partnership with DENTSPLY will help jumpstart work on several real-world innovations needed in dentistry. Through these and other innovations, DenTeC hopes to decrease the cost of patient care, reduce or eliminate patient discomfort, reduce the time required for treatment and help create more aesthetically pleasing treatment options.

Gary K. Kunkle, DENTSPLY's vice-chairman and chief executive officer, commented that, "Technological innovation is an important factor in our efforts to achieve market share gains. As such, we are pleased to affiliate with a world class research facility like Georgia Tech's DenTeC to accelerate the process of bringing new technologies to dentistry."

Don Ranly, director of DenTeC, notes, "Working with a market leader like DENTSPLY is a wonderful opportunity for DenTeC. Our researchers are dedicated to developing technology and techniques that not only help dentists work smarter and patients heal faster, but also are appropriately designed and timed for the market. DENTSPLY brings that deep market understanding that helps us focus on the most promising areas of research, where we can help DENTSPLY bring innovations to market sooner."

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