STRAUMANN IMPLANT COURSE
FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED DENTAL TECHNICIANS
Dental technology, just like other areas of industry,
is experiencing rapid
technological developments, that have to be kept up
with if we are not be left behind. For the professional
future of hearing-impaired dental technicians, it is
very important to have regular in-service training,
but their disability can cause problems.
When deaf people want to continue their professional
education, they rapidly encounter communicative limits,
as the `traditional´ events are naturally designed
for those who can hear. The speakers usually talk so
fast and indistinctly that what is being said cannot
be lip-read an can be translated only with difficulty.
Things are different at the courses held by Dental Thorwarth
in Cuxhaven, Germany specially for hearing-impaired.
The most important part of an in–service training
course for dental technicians is nearly always the theoretical
part. It makes up 80 to 90 % of the course. However,
attending training courses for people with normal hearing
is generally of little benefit to hearing-impaired dental
The Thorwarth Dental Company remedies the situation
by providing appropriate in-service training courses
for hearing-impaired dental technicians in all areas
of dental technology. In last two years, the master
dental technician André Thorwarth, himself hearing-impaired,
has trained over 70 hearing-impaired dental technicians.
He know exactly what and how this group of dental technicians
can and wants to learn.
André Thorwarth has had years of experience in
this area and maintains good contacts with manufacturers
of dental products, who are willing to support and assist
the hearing-impaired dental technicians.
Straumann has been committed to this area for a few
years. For this reason, the 5th Straumann implantcourse
took place at Dental Thorwarth, Cuxhaven from 17th-19th
Master dental technician André Thorwarth organised
an conducted the course himself. At the start, there
was a slide presentation about Straumann´s ITI®
DENTAL IMPLANT SYSTEM, followed by a few talks on experiences
with Straumann products, that were made at Thorwarth
Dental. The training course was then devoted intensively
to the practical part.
The course design was borrowed from Straumann and comprises
the following subjects:
Presentation of the ITI® DENTAL IMPLANT SYSTEM
and prosthetic parts, pre-implant planning, cast fabrication
with system parts, manufacture of superstructures, and
examples of different prosthetic restoration design.
In the rule the responsible offices for integration
transfer the costs
of the advanced training of the severely disabled ones.
Who has interest in such training courses, one asks,
to turn to the
Master dental technician,
Am Lagerfeld 3a
D- 27476 Cuxhaven
Tel: + 49 4721/391 922 3
Fax: +49 4721/391 922 4