Playing a part in shaping the future of dentistry
Dr med. dent. Ronny Watzke heads up this dental clinic. He has been working as a dentist in the Research and Development department of Ivoclar Vivadent for nine years. In the following interview, he reveals some interesting details about his job!
Dr Watzke, which areas of dentistry does the clinic cover?
Dr Ronny Watzke: Ivoclar Vivadent maintains an extensive portfolio of products for use in dental practices and dental laboratories. These products cover a wide range of applications, including prevention, endodontics, conservative dentistry, prosthodontics and implant prosthetics. Consequently, we are capable of treating our patients with comprehensive traditional solutions. Nevertheless, we do not offer pedeatric, orthodontic or periodontal services.
How many people work in the clinic?
Dr Ronny Watzke: Four dentists and four dental technicians from the Research and Development departement (R&D) work here. In addition, three dentists and one assistant from Professional Services help out one day a week. As a result, we are able to treat patients five days a week.
What type of facilities and equipment do you have at your disposal?
Dr Ronny Watzke: Right from the start, the company has always striven to develop clinically reliable products that would stand the test of time. Our “old” clinic only had two consultation rooms. In 2012, the company decided to expand the clinic, so that we now have four consultation rooms. They are all equipped with the latest technology. The sterilization room features state-of-the-art equipment. It has been designed according to European standards. Therefore, sterilization cycles can now be digitally recorded.
Do you make use of digital methods?
Dr Ronny Watzke: Yes, we do. In response to the growing popularity of digital dentistry, the clinic is now equipped with the latest CAD/CAM technology. In order to radiologically examine patients quickly and reliably with minimal exposure to X-rays, we have installed a digital imaging plate system. The radiographs can be comfortably taken at the chairside. Intraoral photos and videos are taken with digital equipment and saved to a secure and separate server. Furthermore, the patient data administration and scheduling during clinical studies is conducted on a digital basis.
Please name the materials or methods which you think are the most significant for general dentistry at present?
Dr Ronny Watzke: The trend towards digital methods is here to stay. In dentistry digital solutions offer many advantages for practitioners and their patients. For example, with intraoral scanners the often uncomfortable traditional impressions can be avoided in most cases. Ceramic single-tooth restorations can be made for the patient within one appointment due to the capabilities of modern milling machines. This is convenient for the patient, since the need for a provisional restoration is eliminated. In the process, treatment steps are simplified and streamlined.
Digital communication technology is improving the way in which dentists and dental lab technicians communicate. This naturally benefits the quality of the restoration.
Moreover, universal adhesives and luting composites are simplifying the work of practitioners and therefore heightening the comfort of patients. Universal adhesives have a great deal of potential because they can be used in the placement of direct and indirect restorations. At the same time, they accommodate all the different etching techniques.
What makes your job so special?
Dr Ronny Watzke: I enjoy playing a part in shaping the future of dentistry by working on the development of innovative new products. It is an exciting and passionate process.
This is an abridged version of an interview which was published in the German dental journal “DZW – Die Zahnarzt Woche“ in 2015.