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Building a ‘Bridge to the future’

Among the exhibitors, W&H was amazing the dental community with its forward-thinking connected ioDent® solutions and concepts for treatment workflows such as NIWOP. Together with W&H Group member and technology partner Osstell AB, the latest developments for optimized treatment planning were shown.

NIWOP sets the trend at the ISDH in Brisbane

From 15 to 17 August the 21st International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2019 (ISDH) took place in Brisbane, Australia. The latest trends and scientific discoveries in dental hygiene were presented through the prism of this year’s theme: “LEAD – Leadership, Empowerment, Advances & Diversity”. With a particular focus on the NIWOP concept, W&H gave interested trade visitors insights into their evidence-based workflow for pre-treatment, implantation and aftercare.

Synea, W&H’s premium brand, celebrates its 20th anniversary

As part of the Synea product range, W&H has presented innovative, high-performance and attractive products for the last 20 years. Therefore, Synea has established itself as standard in dental practice, providing users with both safety and efficiency in everyday use.

Benefits of Implantmed during implant treatment

Oral surgeon Dr. Karl-Ludwig Ackermann has a practice in Filderstadt (Germany) and teaches implantology and aesthetic dentistry at two universities. He has placed several thousand implants over the last 38 years. Since autumn 2016, Dr Ackermann has been working with the new, enhanced implantology motor - Implantmed by W&H.

New corporate design for W&H

W&H has a fresh new look: the renowned medical technology company has a new, even more modern corporate design to go with its new strategic orientation.

Internal sinus lift – patient-friendly with piezo surgery

Transalveolar sinus floor augmentations produce fewer postoperative complaints compared with the lateral access. This case report describes the advantages of the piezosurgical procedure and a newly introduced instrument set for preparing the implant bed and lifting of the Schneiderian membrane.

W&H presents new technologies for the world of dentistry

At the International Dental Show (IDS), technology leader W&H is fascinating the dental community with its forward-thinking connected ioDent® solutions, a new generation of innovative products and brand-new concepts for workflows to assist with treatments. And all of this is complemented by a sparkling new brand identity with which the high-tech developer from Salzburg is once again underlining its innovative power in the dental sector.

Implantmed Plus: Smart ioDent® system saves time

W&H is constantly expanding its portfolio of networked products for dental practice. From summer of 2019, the ‘Implantmed Plus’ – a surgical device with the unique ‘ioDent®’ system – will be available to implantologists. This smart solution from W&H provides even more safety in dental practice, and enables resources to be used proactively and efficiently.

Your technological advantage in high-speed application

W&H has created a unique portfolio in the field of Built-in Solutions with its Primea Advanced Air technology. The easily integrated high-speed drive solution opens up new possibilities in dental preparation and ensures a technological advantage in dental units. Unit manufacturers benefit from a unique technology, which was awarded the National State Prize for Innovation in 2018.

No Implantology without Periodontology – #NIWOP

Some things do belong together: just as Yin needs Yang, implantology needs periodontology. With “No Implantology without Periodontology”, NIWOP for short, W&H presents a systematic and evidence-based workflow for a sound and healthy tissue situation around the implant.

Over 1000 scientific studies related to Osstell

Osstell, the company that developed the original ISQ technology, today announces that by March 2019, there are now over 1000 scientific studies and publications evidencing Osstell’s unique ISQ technology using the original SmartPegs.

W&H Australasia expands its sales range

From March 2019, W&H Australasia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of the international W&H Group, starts the distribution of the W&H Oral Surgery and Implantology (OSI) product range in Australia. Customers benefit from innovative technologies "Made in Austria" as well as high-quality W&H support and Service.

W&H sets new standards in periodontology with NIWOP

At EuroPerio9, W&H unveiled the “No Implantology without Periodontology” (NIWOP) treatment workflow. With this workflow, W&H highlights the importance of a healthy periodontal condition prior to implantation. In this interview, Bernhard Eder, W&H Product Manager of Prophylaxis and Periodontology, discusses why W&H is setting standards in periodontology and which advantages users may expect.

Piezo surgery – a broad spectrum of applications in oral surgery

In the age of minimally invasive treatment, dental surgeons and oral and maxillofacial surgeons are increasingly employing piezoelectric devices for the preparation of bone tissue. They allow particularly atraumatic preparation of hard tissue on the basis of ultrasonic surgery technology and the cavitation effect allows an almost blood-free operating field.

Preparation of implant beds - with tactfulness

The preparation of implant beds has to be efficient - and, at the same time, requires a great deal of tacfulness. The 9 new Implant/Crestal instruments for the Piezomed from W&H are specially indicated for fine maxilla bone and the internal sinus lift. Compared with standard rotary instruments, they offer improved tactile feedback, are less invasive and encourage osseointegration.

User Report Dr. Grant Dean - Primea Advanced Air

Nowadays, the challenges during preparations for prosthetics restauration are diverse. Combining precise top quality preparations and high safety with efficient operations is among the desired goals. Excellent Ergonomics, good light conditions in the oral cavity, as well as simple and intuitive handling are requirements for dental devices and instruments.

Optimal periodontal conditions for successful implantation

How can peri-implant infections be avoided and treated as needed? In addition to the newly presented classifications, this issue was a key topic at EuroPerio held in Amsterdam in June. In a symposium organized by the Austrian dental company W&H, Dr Karl-Ludwig Ackermann (Filderstadt, Germany) presented his clinical concept based on the NIWOP workflow (“No Implantology without Periodontology”).

Implants should only be inserted when periodontal conditions are stable

Biofilm is the most significant cause of inflammatory bone loss around teeth and implants. Diagnostics, biofilm management and, where necessary, treatment help in patients with this problem. The W&H No Implantology without Periodontology workflow should provide stable tissue prior to implantation through prevention, and implant success in the long term through aftercare – something that is advantageous to both the patient and the treatment team.

Innovation requires the correct mixture

What makes a strong project team is a variety of skills, perspectives and talents. This is Harald Sighart’s point of view, as Director of Research and Development at W&H. In an interview, he explains what makes his project teams so special.

Colleagues with passion

At W&H, we know for sure that anyone who is passionate about what they do will do it well. All applicants need to find the perfect task for them. In this interview, Markus Fegg and Christof Baier from Human Resources tell us what they look out for in particular during interviews and provide us with insight into changing career development.

Basic requirements for patient management

Patient management is still a source of difficulty for many practices. After all, this term is often associated exclusively with processes that are part of daily routine anyway: namely appointment scheduling and patient administration. But actually, there is more to it than that. It is worth taking a look at hospitals, where proper patient management forms the basis of standardized and smooth processes.

Tip: Here’s how you can turn your waiting room into a comfortable zone

It’s the central hub and linchpin of every practice visit, a link between reception and the treatment room: the waiting room. With good service, you ensure that the room invokes positive associations for your patient and allows them to arrive comfortably and relax.

Come on in, dear new patient

Feeling welcome, gaining confidence and making nothing but positive associations – all this should be a matter of course for new patients. Always bear in mind: perfect new patient management begins BEFORE the actual visit to the practice.

Tips for enhancing patient loyalty – “From a patient to a friend”

Prophylaxis is clearly a part of the dental practice with great potential in terms of service. It supports patients in prevention, helps in case of disease and generally contributes to improved health and well-being. Good service means good all-round patient care – from information to education, the actual treatment and beyond.

The practice team as a marketing factor

The most recent study of “Stiftung Gesundheit” (Public Health Foundation) was published at the beginning of this year titled “Ärzte im Zukunftsmarkt Gesundheit” [Doctors in the future health market]. One of the questions asked of the participating doctors was what they considered the most important practice marketing factors. At the top, ranking even above a website or external presentation, they mentioned the practice team. This result emphasizes the importance of the team in the areas of marketing, service and patient satisfaction. However, how can the practice team be supported to become a positive marketing factor?

W&H Dentalwerk wins National Innovation Award

National State Prize for Innovation – Austria's highest national accolade for outstanding performance. W&H was awarded the National State Prize for Innovation by Dr Margarete Schramböck of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs in the category of innovation on 22 March 2018 in the “Aula der Wissenschaften” in Vienna. With the new Primea Advanced Air dental turbine generation, consistent rotation speeds, peak performance approximately 50% higher, shadow-free illumination of the treatment site and less noise when the turbine is running – are now achievable for the first time. Both dentist and patient benefit from this.

New W&H image campaign

You could describe them as everyday heroes: the dentists and dental professionals who, through their dedication, professional skill or simply a friendly smile, manage to transform a dental appointment into a positive event. They do this simply because they care and want to make sure their patients feel comfortable. It is precisely this aspect that will be the focus of W&H’s new image campaign ‘From a patient to a fan’, which will shine a spotlight not on the company itself, but on dentists and their teams. We interviewed Anita Thallinger, W&H Marketing Director, about the background, objectives and challenges of this new advertising campaign.

W&H acquires Swedish specialist Osstell

W&H President and CEO Peter Malata announced the acquisition of the Swedish medical technology company Osstell AB on 1st March 2018. This purchase continues the international growth of the Austrian family-owned company W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH.

W&H supports everyday heroes

W&H’s new image campaign “From a patient to a fan” will be turning a spotlight on dentists and dental professionals. These everyday heroes ensure their patients are in safe and reliable hands whatever the treatment situation.

Correct measurement of implant stability

The correct measurement of implant stability and osseointegration has always been a fundamental criterion for the success of the treatment. The explicit patient demand for streamlined treatment processes combined with an increasing number of patients with risk factors result in progressive and ambitious protocols in which conventional processes such as the torque or percussion test are being strained to their limits.

Advanced Periodontology Training with Dr. Jan Streblov and Tigon+

A specialized workshop on non-surgical periodontal therapy focused on cleaning was held at the 3DK dental clinic in Prague on 12th of October 2017. The team consisting of Dr. Jan Streblov and two dental hygienists provided valuable theoretical and practical training with curettes and ultrasonic scalers (Tigon+).

W&H supports the Mercy Ships organization

Mercy Ships provide transformational health care, relief aid, community development and sustainable change in countries along the coast of West Africa. W&H has donated products to actively support Mercy Ships' health program and to enable people in need to access considerate dental treatment.

Exclusive insights into W&H’s product and VR world

From 23rd to 28th October 2017, W&H partner Dental Cremer invited dentists from all across Brazil to the “Dental Cremer Experience” conference at the Riocentro Exhibition & Convention Center. Spanning an area of 20,000 m², the expert platform offered besides comprehensive information on current product innovations selected workshops providing insights into practical applications. A virtual reality experience allowed to visit the company’s headquarters in Bürmoos, Austria, and get an impression of state of the art corporate structure for themselves.

Minimally invasive techniques in endodontics

Demanding clinical endo cases and a comprehensive product presentation of the Tigon+ were the centre of attention of the clinical congress at Zagreb from 27th to 28th of October 2017. The event was organized by the Institute for Endodontic and Restorative Dentistry of Dental University Zagreb in cooperation with the Croatian Society for Minimal Intervention Dental Medicine (HDMID).

Endodontics meets piezo surgery in hands-on course

Technological advances which revolutionized the way surgical endodontic treatment is performed were demonstrated during the practical course on the 7th October 2017 organized by W&H Bulgaria in cooperation with the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Plovdiv at the Hotel Forum in Sofia (Bulgaria).

Marco Kern: best European in WorldSkills Competition (Abu Dhabi)

In an exciting test of strength between the world’s best skilled workers at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 15 to 18 October 2017, 21-year-old Marco Kern from W&H put in an impressive performance with his exceptional skills in the field of CNC turning. He demonstrated his technical talent with an excellent 7th place and the “Medallion for Excellence” performance certificate in “CNC turning” category and the gold medal for 1st place in the team competition. Marco Kern is proud to be part of the very successful Austrian national team.

Sharing experiences with Austrian economic delegates

Economic prospects and future growth potentials in Europe were the focus of a series of discussions with Austrian business delegates held at W&H headquarters on 11th October 2017. In their discussions, the team of 15 delegates led by Dr Christian Möller, Head of the Trade Policy and Foreign Trade section of WKS, tackled important topics such as trade restrictions and opportunities for export.

EAO Congress in Madrid

At the EAO congress in Madrid, W&H presented an innovation in the field of implantology with a new generation of Implantmed. The Annual Scientific Congress of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) provided up-to-date scientific knowledge and technological trends in implantology from 5th to 8th October 2017. The Feria de Madrid exhibition site (IFEMA) provided the venue for the 26th annual conference.

Professional insights for dental students and dentists

Give patients the best treatment and service is the main motive in modern dentistry. To familiarize dental students and dentists from Croatia with the functionalities of the Implantmed, a 2 day event with the motto “Implantology Specialization” was organized by Territory Manager Damjan Gorenc in collaboration with W&H partner Inoval d.o.o. at the Dental University Zagreb.

Delayed implantation and augmentation – measurement of implant stability

A first mandibular molar in a young patient had to be extracted due to extensive damage by caries with endodontic complications. The implantation had to be combined with surrounding augmentation. If the bone volume is reduced, good primary stability is more difficult to assess, which means that measurement of the ISQ may be particularly important. Report by Dr. J. Neugebauer (Germany).

Successful premiere of W&H Surgical Sessions in Panama City

With a series of events from 21st until 24th of August 2017, W&H provided excellent practical knowledge for surgical and dental treatment to experts from Panama and the whole of Latin America. The aim of the lectures and workshops was to provide in-depth insights of the latest W&H technology to dental experts, surgeons and W&H partners.

Digitalization requires new roles and capacities

The ever-increasing digitalization is not only radically changing work processes and the structures in which we work together but is also re-aligning the requirements for professional qualifications. In the following interview experts from W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH discuss the challenges and opportunities of the digital transformation and how these have already been accepted and exploited in the company.

Mexican dentists discover the world of W&H

In May and June 2017, two groups of postgraduate dentists from Mexico were offered the opportunity to travel to Salzburg in Austria and visit the headquarters of W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH. Their stay was focused on the maintenance of personal relationships and comprehensive familiarization with W&H’s innovative product range.

Piezo scalers – safe for use on patients with cardiac pacemakers

W&H is the first manufacturer to confirm that W&H piezo scalers can be used on patients with cardiac pacemakers without any concerns. With an independent expert opinion on piezo scalers, W&H is now giving users the necessary security for prophylaxis treatment of patients with cardiac pacemakers without any concerns.

Creative idea for interactive teeth cleaning

For the students of Salzburg, the Digital Innovation Days held at the Salzburg Chamber of Commerce from 10-12 May 2017, were a chance to delve into the practical side of commerce. By developing an innovative product concept for daily teeth cleaning, the young team of students called “bRight” managed to impress the judges and scoop the first prize of € 1,000.

W&H awarded Salzburg Business Prize

The outstanding development work of medical technology company W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH was the focus at the award of this year’s Salzburg Business Prize (Salzburger Wirtschaftspreis) on 27 April at WIFI Salzburg. W&H impressed the judges in the “Innovation” category with the world introduction of new and unique drive and lighting technology for dental turbines.

Official opening of joint branch office in Bangalore

Since September 1st 2016 the two family-run businesses W&H and Planmeca have joined forces on the Indian dental market. On the 20th of April 2017 the new office was officially opened by W&H President Peter Malata and Planmeca President Heikki Kyöstilä. With the new premises and a highly skilled team on-site the cooperation partners have taken recent steps in India to localise their support centre.

Ready for the future of dentistry

What should a dental company be doing today in order to prepare for the future? How will it want to position itself in the future, and what role will be played by cooperation with other companies? At the IDS, the leading event for the international dental market, the Deutsche Ärzteverlag spoke to Roland Gruber, Head of Marketing and Sales for Germany and Austria, and Dr Michael Reiter, Vice President Product Management, about new partnerships and digital innovations.

Prosthodontic screwdriver at Internationaler Handwerksmesse - Skilled Trade Fair (IHM)

During the summit on the German economy in Munich, Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Internationale Handwerksmesse 2017, the leading trade fair for skilled trades. W&H's trade partner RIEBL-Siebdruck used the W&H prosthodontic screwdriver to demonstrate the company’s high-quality work in the area of screen, digital and hybrid printing.

The new W&H video channel

Available 24/7 and always open for business – the W&H video channel is the ultimate source for rapid information tailored precisely to users’ needs. It’s now easier than ever to gain a comprehensive overview of the W&H range, access helpful tips or discover handy information on clinical topics.

“The personal service is a sign of appreciation for our customers”

Interview with Peter Malata, Managing Director and owner of the W&H Group, talks about the positioning of the company, trends in the market and the responsibility of an entrepreneur today

Paediatric dentistry: Optimal view in the mouths of small patients

Working in small oral cavities is one of the particular challenges of paediatric dentistry. “When working on our small patients, we are subject to some quite tight spatial restrictions – for physiological reasons, of course. As such, we have to be able to handle the instruments we use quickly, safely and easily,” explained Dr Fräßle-Fuchs. The W&H TK-94 L microturbine allows the dentists to perform the treatments quickly and safely – thanks to the small turbine head.

W&H kicks off IDS trade fair week

On 20th March, Cologne’s Flora venue played host to W&H partners from around the globe and media representatives from the German-speaking world for the second time, as they all came together to learn first-hand about W&H’s current and future market activities, industry partnerships and technological innovations plus to strengthen long-standing business relationships. At a get-together for media representatives and an exclusive gala evening for partners, W&H showcased new products and proven classics from their extensive portfolio.

W&H Power turbine - a perfect interplay of functionalities

Read what Dr Chris McConnell looks for in turbine handpieces and why the W&H Power turbine is now one of the preferred instruments in his private dental clinic in Cornwall in the south-west of the UK. In addition to a 100% shadow-free view of the treatment site, thanks to innovative Ring LED+ technology, the W&H turbine is characterized by an optimal removal rate.

Single implantations for a zirconium oxide bridge with Implantmed

A 67-year-old patient presented with splinted crowns in the maxilla requiring replacement. Following the extraction of teeth 21 and 22, the plan is to insert implants as new bridge abutments. The sites will be prepared with the new W&H Implantmed implantology motor and the stability measured with the integrated W&H Osstell ISQ module.

Endo-perio treatment of an abutment tooth

A complex attempt at preserving an endo-periodontically inflamed premolar as a bridge abutment at least for the immediate future. It involves the positioning of two neighbouring implants in combination with an internal sinus lift. This interdisciplinary operation is performed using a piezo surgical device and an implant motor.

Efficient and atraumatic root canal treatment

Long-term conservation of dentition is the primary objective of modern endodontics. Alongside efficient diagnostics and treatment methods, the use of the latest technical aids and instruments also makes an important contribution to successful patient care.

Expanded endo tip range for efficient root canal treatment

In order to ensure that root canal treatments are performed as efficiently and atraumatically as possible, Dr Shahrad Nouraie Ashtiani, an oral surgeon and specialist in endodontics from Bremen, Germany, relies on the W&H Tigon+ piezo scaler in combination with the optimally coordinated ultrasonic tip range. In the following article, the expert outlines three clinical applications (primary treatment of a tooth, removal of a root post, removal of a broken-off root canal instrument) in which the targeted use of the W&H endo tip range is described in more detail.

New Lisa gets Dental Industry Award

We were delighted that against tough competition, W&H (UK) were chosen as the Winners of the Product Launch of the Year Category with a very strong and eye catching Marketing Campaign utilising the Lisa bug. This included a clever teaser campaign and a broad spectrum of PR and advertising use.

Customizable program sequences with Implantmed

The logical and intuitively designed navigation system and the customizable program sequences allow the implantologist to concentrate on the essentials – namely the patient and the treatment.

W&H at the CIOSP in Brazil

The 35th edition of the CIOSP (Congresso Internacional de Odontologia de São Paulo) took place in São Paulo in February 2017. For the first time the class B sterilizer LINA was presented in Brazil and was very well received by the visitors. Another highlight was the W&H electric motor.

Experiences of the new Implantmed surgical device

The W&H Implantmed provides dentists, working in implantology and oral surgery, with a device whose specifications are precisely tailored to the requirements of everyday treatment practice. In the next section, experts from various regions describe how the new Implantmed is proving useful in practice. Their short statements may give us only a brief insight into their working methods, but speak volumes about the advantages of the new W&H device.

Extraction of impacted teeth

“You gotta act” - or why the preparation in extraction of impacted teeth is so important! Guided by the belief that dentists and their patients deserve the best, W&H Bulgaria organized in November 2016 a clinical theoretical-practical course on the topic “Extraction of impacted teeth”. Lecturer of the event was the leading specialist in the field of dental surgery and implantology Dr. Branimir Kirilov.

W&H and Osstell: a perfect match

As a surprise to the market, the Austrian family-run enterprise W&H at EAO in Paris announced its exclusive cooperation with the renowned Swedish company Osstell, together with its presentation of the new lmplantmed generation. EDI Journal met W&H CEO Peter Malata, Osstell CEO Jonas Ehinger and Professor Neil Meredith, who originally developed the resonance frequency analysis (RFA) method.

First science discovery corner opened in Innviertel district, Upper Austria

FMV and Schalchen City Hall, a town in the district of Innviertel, upper Austria, have equipped the Schalchen kindergarten with a scientific research lab. The Innviertel’s first ever so called "scientific discovery corner" was opened on 10 January 2017 with the support of FMV GmbH, a subsidiary of W&H, and Schalchen city hall. The aim of the popular scientific discovery corner for kindergartens is to stimulate the natural curiosity of the very young and to enable them to experience our living environment with all their senses.

Reliable implantation - with surgical unit Implantmed

Dr. Fred Bergmann - President of the German Society of Oral Implantology (DGOI) explains why implantation with the W&H Implantmed surgical unit is simpler and more reliable, that the Osstell module offers the only available option for measuring the osseointegration again at a later time and why the cordless control for multiple surgical units is a real hit.

Efficient and atraumatic periodontal therapy

The expanded tip range for periodontal use from W&H now offers users an optimized set of instruments for modern periodontal therapy. In addition to improved access from shallow to very deep periodontal pockets, the tip range offers support in the rapid and at the same time atraumatic cleaning of even angled roots.

W&H secures second Austrian national championship title in a row

W&H attracted attention once again at this year’s Austrian national vocational championships with another impressive performance. With confidence and outstanding professional finesse, Marco Kern and Florian Spitzwieser successfully mastered all of the tasks set by the board of judges in the “CNC lathe turning” category and between them managed to take home both 1st and 5th place. As the new national champion, Marco Kern has not only secured his place at the 2017 “World Skills” world vocational championships in Abu Dhabi, but is also following hot on the heels of Alexander Wagner, who won the national championships title for W&H last time around in 2014.

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