October 21, 2021 | News
ST JULIAN’S, Malta: The third European Aligner Society (EAS) congress was postponed three times owing to coronavirus restrictions, but finally the EAS organisers were able to welcome the congress lecturers and delegates to Hilton Malta in St Julian’s. The event was held on 7–9 October and attracted 221 attendees from 27 countries. Six hundred people had originally registered for the congress, but many cancelled as late as a week before the congress started because of the many restrictions still in place.
LONDON, UK: The Dentistry Show London aims to present a hybrid expo and educational programme that is suited to the entire treatment team, and it has come “back with a bang!” the organisers said. Thousands of dental professionals visited the event this year, and the organisers have announced that it will return to the UK capital next year on 7 and 8 October.
October 21, 2021 | News
It is a pleasure to report back on our first live face-to-face event in over a year and a half. In Malta, the European Aligner Society (EAS) hosted its third international congress, which had to be postponed several times from the original date in March 2020.
JEONJU, South Korea: Though dentistry is generally a highly paid profession, stressors such as financial pressure and a high level of responsibility can make it a challenging career choice. In a new systematic review and meta-analysis, researchers have sought to measure the level of satisfaction dentists derive from their job. Their findings indicate, among other things, that dental specialists may have greater job satisfaction than general dental practitioners.
LEUVEN, Belgium: It comes as no surprise that dentistry is becoming increasingly digitalised. Following the trend, Materialise, a global leader of 3D-printing solutions, has recently introduced a new Dental Module for Magics. This addition to the Magics software is designed to enable dental laboratories to fully optimise and automate their 3D-printing preparation workflow for dental applications.
LONDON, UK: According to Western folklore, children with a wiggly primary tooth can look forward to a visit from the tooth fairy, making an otherwise distressing experience a positive one. The creators of the Toothfairy mobile app, however, say that at-home dental care can provide a more comfortable experience for patients of all ages. With a £3 million (€3.5 million) funding boost, Drs Deepak Aulak and Kian Dhinsa hope that their app will challenge an industry that they say is ripe for disruption.
Intra-oral scanners and 3D printers were two of the biggest topics in the halls of this year’s International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne in Germany in September. At the show, Dental Tribune International visited the booth of SHINING 3D and spoke with Riccardo Molinelli, regional sales manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, about the company and its new Aoralscan intra-oral scanner and AccuFab-L4D large-format dental 3D printer.
LONDON, UK: Though the benefits of fluoride in drinking water for oral health are firmly established, it is estimated that just six million UK residents have access to either artificially or naturally fluoridated water—less than 10% of the total population. A bill currently before the UK Parliament that proposes giving the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care “the power to directly introduce, vary or terminate water fluoridation schemes” in England and Wales has received the backing of Britain’s chief medical officers (CMOs), who have released a joint statement outlining the impact widespread fluoridation could have on dental caries.
DUNDEE, Scotland: World Cavity-Free Future Day (WCFFDay) is a global awareness day and is celebrated around the world on 14 October. The campaign is largely community driven, and the events are led by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF).
BUFFALO, New York, U.S.: Does using an interdental brush help to prevent periodontal disease, and will taking dietary supplements or probiotics actually improve periodontal health? Researchers at University at Buffalo in New York have waded into the murky waters of consumer dental products with the aim of separating fact from fiction to help dental professionals and the public to identify best practices for the prevention of periodontal disease.
SYDNEY, Australia: For much of 2020 and 2021, Australia and New Zealand fared remarkably well in containing the spread of SARS-CoV-2—a function of factors including their geographic isolation and the near cessation of international travel. Recent months have seen both nations face outbreaks of the highly contagious delta variant, leading to widespread lockdowns and reduced access to dental services. Since leading governmental figures have admitted that elimination of this variant is impossible, state and regional governments have slowly begun to ease certain restrictions, including those placed on healthcare personnel.
CHICAGO, U.S.: New research from the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute (HPI) shows that the average net earnings of general practitioner (GP) dentists in the U.S. fell by 17.9% in 2020 compared with 2019. In a recent webinar, Dr. Marko Vujicic, chief economist and vice president at HPI, explained that the fall in net income had been significantly higher for women and older dentists.
LAS VEGAS, U.S.: From Sept. 23 to 25, dental professionals had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of dental technology and innovation, all thanks to this year’s Dentsply Sirona (DS) World, which took place in Las Vegas. As expected, the event attracted thousands of participants, both in person and online, and featured major announcements, product releases, informative continuing education sessions and innovative technologies.
3D dental printing today is reminiscent of cosmetic dentistry in the early 1980s: the needs are many, the technologies are numerous, the applications almost unlimited and the potential open-ended. Just as cosmetic materials and techniques brought aesthetic restorative dentistry into the hands of every practitioner, 3D printing promises to bring the functional and artistic control of the restorative process into the chairside setting.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Just recently, Dentsply Sirona has introduced a comprehensive restage of its implants business, which will now include three signature workflows to provide dental professionals with a novel way of practicing implantology. The company has also introduced new solutions from impression taking to final restoration, which are expected to exceed expectations in efficiency, accuracy, esthetics, longevity and simplicity.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Physically lying in a dentist’s office but mentally walking barefoot through a mountain river—that is how a patient successfully received a dental implant under self-hypnosis without any anaesthesia. The patient, who underwent such a procedure for the first time under these conditions, was very satisfied with the result and reported that he felt hardly any pain during the procedure.
The speed of the proliferation of new technologies is breathtaking. Although initially disruptive to our traditional practices, technologies can, and have, enhanced dentistry, improved health outcomes and attracted more fully engaged patients. Now, disruptions are being catalyzed by the intertwined technologies of smart sensors, telemedicine and artificial intelligence (AI).
SYDNEY, Australia: In Australia, body modification practitioners are allowed to provide tattooing and body piercing services as long as they are properly licensed. Removing third molars, however, remains strictly in the domain of dentists. Last week, a Sydney court was told that Brendan Leigh Russell, a body modifier and tattoo artist, planned to remove a client’s third molars after watching a series of YouTube videos on the topic and only relented when a colleague advised him against it.
COLOGNE, Germany: From 22 to 25 September, the 2021 International Dental Show (IDS), held six months later than usual owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, offered the dental industry and dental professionals the opportunity to experience products live and, above all, to socialise with one another in person. This IDS was the first to be held in a hybrid format, so that visitors who were unable to travel owing to restrictions were still able to participate digitally.
OKAYAMA, Japan: Since periodontitis has been linked to systemic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, research is continually being conducted to better understand its causes. To this end, a new study out of Japan has interrogated the associations between genetic polymorphisms—the most common type of human genetic variation—oral microbiome statuses, and the development of periodontal disease.
COLOGNE, Germany: Since the beginning of the pandemic, Osstem Implant has been waiting with anticipation for the return of IDS. At the company’s stand—the single largest booth at the trade fair—visitors can explore its newest implant as well as attend live lectures.
As a specialist, I have seen a significant portion of my patients present after endodontic treatment has failed or was abandoned mid-treatment owing to an unforeseen complication. Throughout my career, I have experienced my fair share of my own failed treatments, and I have witnessed the distress these situations can cause my colleagues. I certainly know they have caused me many a sleepless night.
COLOGNE, Germany: Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Axel Bernecker, head of marketing at VOCO, to find out which new products and developments are being presented at the company’s booth for visitors to IDS to discover. VOCO’s extensive booth (N010–O019 & N020–O021) is located in Hall 10.2.
LOS ANGELES, U.S.: Technological advancements in dentistry are like a motor force that drives innovation and growth. This is true for digital dentistry. Digital technology continues to advance dentistry, and although not everyone has embraced this technological evolution, most dental professionals would agree that going digital is the way forward. For one thing, the benefits of 3D printing in dentistry are plentiful. It allows dental professionals to stay up to date and is more cost-efficient compared with analog methods. There are constant software updates, frequent launches of new dental materials and rapidly evolving applications in dentistry.
COLOGNE, Germany: Owing to its high long-term clinical stability, the sandblasted, large-grit, acid-etched surface treatment has become the most used implant surface treatment to enhance osseointegration through greater bone–implant contact, but over time, the implant surface becomes more hydrophobic. A novel device by South Korean company DENTIS both solves this problem and promotes a sterile implant surface.
DRESDEN, Germany: A project by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft aims to harness the transformative potential of additive manufacturing in the medical field. The project brings together a network of partners and encompasses a wide range of additive technologies. It seeks to pair new advancements in 3D printing with tangible and patient-oriented applications. There is a substantial focus on dentistry, and scientists in Germany and Poland are collaborating on a series of pilot projects and working in close cooperation with dental laboratories and dentists from a range of specialties.