ACTA and Straumann

Dec. 21, 2011
To support curriculum, Straumann will supply materials for tooth replacement solutions, planning software, and training.

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, and BASEL, Switzerland--Straumann, a leader in implant and restorative dentistry and oral tissue regeneration, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Academic Center for Dentistry in Amsterdam.

The shared goal of high quality education in dentistry has brought ACTA, a leading international university center for dentistry with the goal of furthering education in dental implantology, and Straumann together.

This collaboration has led to a dental education concept for oral implantology in the bachelor's/master's degree dental curriculum. From now on, ACTA’s undergraduate program will include teaching on basic aspects of oral implantology, including the prosthetics, diagnosis, compliance and treatment planning. These subjects are often covered only in postgraduate courses.

The new curriculum has been made possible, thanks to Straumann’s commitment to supply materials for tooth replacement solutions, planning software, as well as training for key faculty staff at ACTA.

ACTA wanted to limit this program to one implant system, and the success of its previous collaboration made Straumann an obvious choice. The decision was also driven by the fact that it is considerably easier to train staff in surgical and prosthetic procedures using a single implant system. Straumann offers a comprehensive system for tooth replacement--from implant to crown--as well as integrated digital solutions with seamless connectivity.

Professor Daniel Wismeijer, chairman at ACTA’s department of pral implantology and prosthetic dentistry, commented: “We have reserved 400 hours in an extra training year to teach the students the basic principles of oral implantology. One of the main aspects of this additional training program is that all students must incorporate implantology into their treatment plans. This is a prerequisite to receive the dental degree. On a yearly basis, we expect to insert and restore 160 implants in the dental curriculum training.”

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Matthias Schupp, head of region western Europe at Straumann, noted: “We are pleased that Straumann has been selected as the system of choice in this project with ACTA. We see this as a long-term relationship that could shape dental education in the future. Working alongside dental faculties to support and advance training and education is important to Straumann, and we are exploring possibilities to introduce similar models to other universities as well.”

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