Dentsply Sirona Gift to Support Clinical Instruction


Representatives from Dentsply Sirona (seated) with Penn Dental Medicine faculty and staff when they visited the School to sign the gift agreement.

Philadelphia – Dentsply Sirona, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of professional dental products and technologies, has established a four-year agreement with Penn Dental Medicine that will provide equipment for student instruction and support the clinical curriculum.

Over the next four academic years, Dentsply Sirona will contribute curing lights and instruction in restorative materials and techniques for incoming Penn Dental Medicine students.

“Teaching our students with the most up-to-date scientifically proven materials and equipment to provide excellent clinical care is our primary responsibility. Therefore, partnering with industry leaders to train the next generation of dentists and conduct meaningful and clinically relevant research has become increasingly important for any academic institution,” says Dr. Markus Blatz, Professor and Chair of Preventive & Restorative Sciences. “We are incredibly excited about the support from Dentsply Sirona. In this age of minimally invasive and adhesive dentistry, curing lights play a very critical role in the clinical success of bonded restorations, making this gift even more impactful. It comes at an opportune time as we are updating and streamlining our clinical protocols and educational materials in respect to bonded restorations.”

Dentsply Sirona’s gift of the curing lights is in support of Penn Dental Medicine’s Evans Building Centennial Renaissance project, through which the School’s historic Evans Building is undergoing a complete renovation, including the addition the Edward & Shirley Shils Clinic, a new general restorative clinic.

Penn Dental Medicine’s Morton Amsterdam Dean Denis Kinane notes that this gift aligns with one of the key overarching goals of the Centennial Renaissance project to create a state-of-the-art environment for clinical instruction and patient care. “It is vital that we continue to be at the leading edge of innovation within the dental field,” he says, “both for the benefit of our students and our patients.”