FNU’s School of Dentistry receives computer-aided machine for dental restorations

Dr Jonathan Cole (closer to the camera), co-founder of SFTP Fiji, shows the donated Cerec Cadcam Unit to Dr Osea Dukuno, Head of School Dentistry and Oral Health. Picture: SUPPLIED

A CEREC Cadcam Unit has been donated to Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Dentistry and Oral Health today.

The donation was made by Smiles for the Pacific (SFTP) Fiji from New Zealand.

SFTP co-founder Dr Jonathan Cole said the unit was a computer-aided machine used to make ceramic and resin tooth restorations in an efficient way in the presence of the patients.

He said the unit was very popular globally and it was important that FNU students got a chance to use this type of equipment.

Dr Cole said there was a possibility that more units could be donated once the staff were familiar with handling the equipment.

“Training with this machine would take the students to the new age of digitalised dentistry in 2018 and beyond,” he said.

Assistant lecturer Sheetal Chand, who was among a group of staff who attended the training, said a lot of quality work would be produced with the help of this unit.

Ms Chand said the unit would be very beneficial to staff and students because the field of dentistry was evolving with the introduction of this type of technology.

The aim of SFTP is to train, upskill and mentor Fijian health professionals to meet complex dental needs in the underserviced northwest region of Fiji.

Head of School of Dentistry and Oral Health (SDOH) Dr Osea Dukuno said this was an important donation from SFTP and a very kind gesture.

“Now the dental program is becoming more digitalised and this will be a worthwhile addition to the school which will help us train our dental students,” Dr Dukuno said.

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