Positive progression together – Ultaire™ AKP at DTS

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  Posted by: Dental Design      3rd May 2018

Those that work in the dental sector are all striving for the same goal – to provide high quality outcomes and pleasing results for patients. There is an ever-changing range of tools, techniques and materials available but equally, partnerships and teamwork play key roles. Solvay Dental 360™ is committed to joining the dental team and offering a new perspective on removable partial denture frames (RPDs).

As part of the Solvay Group – a global leader in advanced chemicals and materials, Solvay Dental 360™ has custom-developed Ultaire™ AKP, which is a high performance polymer specifically for the fabrication of RPDs. This biocompatible, millable material is a practical, favourable alternative to metal that is revolutionising dentistry. Since its launch in the UK last year, Ultaire™ AKP has offered an exciting journey of progression to dental technicians and clinicians alike.

Fundamentally, Solvay Dental 360™ understands that the working relationships that are built between laboratories and clinicians are vital. From the initial treatment planning stage to the recommendation of materials, technical advice, performance feedback and ensuring that the final result is perfect for the patient, dental technicians and clinicians need to work together harmoniously. Solvay Dental 360™ also recognises that any opportunity to learn together, gain mutual understanding and develop collaborative, working relationships should be seized wholeheartedly. This is the reason why Jonathan Hughes, Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) and Dental Surgeon, Craig Parker have been asked to co-present a lecture called “Ultaire™ AKP: RPD Design Concepts & Applications, One Year On…” at the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018.

Last year at the Digital and Innovation Theatre the enthusiastic duo brought a ‘breath of fresh air’ to the showcase with an uplifting presentation as part of the launch of Ultaire™ AKP. This year they are back again to bring inspiration to all members of the dental team. On behalf of Solvay Dental 360™, Jonathan and Craig plan to demonstrate the modern ethos of collective clinical and technical study, teamwork and communication in order to drive dentistry forward in a positive, progressive manner.

Together, these highly qualified professionals plan to cover design concepts and procedures using Ultaire™ AKP, case selection, applications and limitations, as well as progression towards a fully digital removable partial denture. Developed exclusively to meet high-performance requirements of the dental industry and surpassing the standards of current materials available in the market, Ultaire™ AKP is supplied as a Dentivera™ milling disc that allows laboratories to work faster, smarter and more cost effectively, whilst using their existing software, equipment and staff.

 Ultaire™ AKP is an exciting new alternative to metal RPDs and more interestingly, frames made from Ultaire™ AKP dissipate energy across the whole framework so that point loading and uneven force is avoided, which could help to limit bone loss. Other advantages to consider are:


  • Ultaire™ AKP is durable and does not distort.
  • Ultaire™ AKP is highly compliant with flexural properties that allow engagement for deeper undercuts than metal.
  • It is ideal for milling, it can be coloured and is easy to trim, articulate and adjust.
  • Specific clasp designs enable discreet retention with a ‘snap in fit’ for increased patient comfort and appearance.
  • It is taste free – no metallic taste.
  • Using Ultaire™ AKP eliminates the risk of metal sensitivity.
  • The material is similar to bone and patients like the feel of it.

Ultaire™ AKP is available to all laboratories, including those who are not currently using CAD/CAM technology. There is a cost-effective outsourced design and milling solution along with technical support, all based in the UK. Committed to supporting dental laboratories and dentists with education, marketing and technical help, Solvay has its own university where labs that already design and mill in-house can access an online training portal. Support and feedback is given on initial designs ensuring that frames are produced within specification and advice on milling strategies is also available if necessary. Once the course is complete these labs can download and import a DME to work within their own software platform for the easy and streamlined integration of Ultaire™ AKP. Solvay Dental 360™ also run digital design courses for technicians, which are suitable for those that currently use CAD/CAM for RPDs or crown and bridge work, as well as those that are thinking of investing in the technology.

Dental laboratories are valuable resource centres with the skills and knowledge base needed to provide comfortable, functional, and natural looking restorations in a consistent, time and cost efficient way. Working together with our clinical partners to build interprofessional relationships, it is possible to accomplish our goals and achieve fabulous results that meet and exceed patient expectations and satisfaction levels. Additionally, by progressing forward together we can all maintain a thriving industry for the future.

To attend the lecture by Jonathan and Craig and to discover more about Ultaire™ AKP, visit the Dental Technology Showcase 2018 website at http://www.the-dts.co.uk/. Alternatively, you can visit the Solvay Dental 360™ website for further information.


For more information about Solvay Dental 360™, Ultaire™ AKP and Dentivera™ milling discs, please visit www.solvaydental360.com

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