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DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties Helps Fund University of Tennessee Endodontic Program

Company's substantial donation used to outfit state-of-the-art facility with latest endodontic technology


October 1, 2013
by DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties

DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties, a manufacturer and marketer of innovative products for endodontics (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/.


About DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties, DENTSPLY International Inc. and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

DENTSPLY Tulsa Dental Specialties is one of the leading producers and marketers of endodontic products in North America. It is a division of York, Penn. – based DENTSPLY, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of products for the dental market. For further information, please visit www.TulsaDentalSpecialties.com or call 1-800-662-1202.

DENTSPLY International Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of dental and other consumable medical device products. The Company believes it is the world’s largest manufacturer of consumable dental products for the professional dental market. For over 110 years, DENTSPLY’s commitment to innovation and professional collaboration has enhanced its portfolio of branded consumables and small equipment. Headquartered in the United States, the Company has global operations with sales in more than 120 countries. The Company also has strategically located distribution centers to enable it to better serve its customers and increase its operating efficiency. While the United States and Europe are the Company’s largest markets, the Company serves all major markets worldwide. Visit www.DENTSPLY.com for more information about DENTSPLY and its products.

As Tennessee’s only public, statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or allied health students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 56,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.