Dentsply Sirona partnered with FDI and Smile Train to develop global standard protocols for digitalized cleft treatment.

Dentsply Sirona in partnership with Smile Train announced a major milestone in the push to advance global cleft care.

FDI and Smile Train, with support from Dentsply Sirona have developed global standard protocols for digitalized cleft treatment. The protocols are expected to improve the accuracy and efficacy of the current treatments significantly by providing dental professionals with a comprehensive digital clinical approach across all stages of care.

To create these protocols, extensive research was conducted and consensus had to be reached amongst experts in this field. The workflows outlined in the protocols contain a wealth of information to guide dental practitioners in their work and enable best practice.

The protocols encompass the fields of presurgical orthopedics, mixed dentition, permanent dentition and oral rehabilitation. Each field features a remote monitoring and oral health component.

“These protocols will help bring health and opportunity to countless children worldwide,” said Ihsane Ben Yahya, FDI president. “It took an incredible amount of research and effort to put these workflows together.”

To make the available information more user friendly, an interactive tool was created to display all information and help dental professionals navigate through the different stages of care.

“The new protocols set the bar for the evolution of digital cleft care, leveraging technology that will ensure access to high-quality care for marginalized communities, and reduce the burden of care for the cleft community,” said Susannah Schaefer, president and chief executive officer of Smile Train.

Smile Train and FDI with Dentsply Sirona’s support have also developed a clinical education course that aims to provide cleft professionals worldwide with more in-depth training on digital cleft care protocols to support them as they integrate digital technologies into their treatment plans.

The partnership builds on an ongoing global partnership between Dentsply Sirona and Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, which funded more than 730 cleft surgeries in the first year of collaboration.

“Together with Smile Train and FDI, we are working to advance the future of cleft care and go beyond for children with clefts worldwide,” said Erania Brackett, chief marketing officer and head of sustainability at Dentsply Sirona. “The launch of these new global protocols is an enormous step forward on that journey, integrating high-quality digital, more sustainable technologies and workflows into cleft care.”

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