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Interview: A kaleidoscope view of the ever-changing dental profession

February 17, 2020 | Americas | Interviews

In the run-up to the 2020 Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Midwinter Meeting, Dental Tribune International had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Terri Tiersky, a long-serving dentist and this year’s president of CDS. In this interview, she talks about her experience as a female dentist, discusses some of the most significant trends in dentistry and tells readers the story behind this year’s Midwinter Meeting theme, “KALEIDOSCOPE VIEW 2020.”

Second season of StraumannPLAY puts spotlight on digital dentistry

February 17, 2020 | Europe | Education

BASEL, Switzerland: Straumann has launched another season of StraumannPLAY. The second season focuses on digital workflows. In this new season, Dr Hugo Madeira, founder of the advanced implantology clinic Clínica de Implantologia Avançada in Lisbon in Portugal, takes the audience on a five-part journey in digital dentistry.

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Free webinar brings new insights into implantology

February 14, 2020 | Education

In a free Swiss Dental Academy webinar on Thursday, Feb. 27, host Melissa Obrotka will be providing educational insights on the stages of Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) that could help the entire dental team. According to Obrotka, despite the thousands of dollars invested in implantology, professionals still struggle with a standardized protocol backed by science to assist the clinician’s ability to establish early prevention detection as well as painless, proficient and effective long-term therapy options.

Opioid prescription habits of dentists brought into focus again

February 14, 2020 | Americas | News

PITTSBURGH, U.S.: Between 2015 and 2018, the opioid epidemic in the U.S. cost the economy $631 billion, according to a report released by the Society of Actuaries. With such a substantial human and financial impact, there is a crucial need to understand whether the new pain management guidelines introduced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2016 have curbed the issue. A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that the overprescribing of opioids by dentists was common, particularly for patients at high risk for substance abuse.

General Dental Council figures show illegal tooth whitening procedures on the rise

February 14, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: In recent years, tooth whitening has become an increasingly common form of aesthetic dental treatment. Though its provision is legally limited to trained dental professionals, an investigation by the BBC has found that the number of reported illegal tooth whitening procedures in the UK rose by 26% in 2019.

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ROOTS SUMMIT announces hands-on course and lecture programme

February 13, 2020 | Europe | News

PRAGUE, Czech Republic: ROOTS SUMMIT has selected high-quality lectures and hands-on courses to create another stellar programme for its 2020 edition. The event will take place from 21 to 24 May at the Cubex Centre Prague and will feature more than 20 international key opinion leaders.

EFP and WHF release consensus report on links between periodontal and cardiovascular health

February 11, 2020 | Europe | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium/GENEVA, Switzerland: Though various associations between periodontal health and cardiovascular health have previously been explored, a comprehensive analysis of this relationship has been absent—until now. The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) have published a consensus report asserting that there is strong epidemiological evidence demonstrating independent associations between severe periodontitis and cardiovascular disease.

Dental world reacts to coronavirus outbreak

February 10, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Over the past month, one topic has dominated the international news cycle above all else—the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. As of 10 February 2020, more than 40,620 cases of the virus have been confirmed and 910 deaths have resulted from it. In response, many dental associations and organisations have released advice on what dental professionals can do to help limit the transmission of the virus.

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Importance of dental education and research highlighted in recent article series

February 7, 2020 | Americas | News

CALIFORNIA, U.S.: The Journal of the California Dental Association recently published a series of articles on the role research plays in the education of dental students. Covering a topic that many experts believe needs more attention, the articles focused on why maintaining innovative research programs are crucial in preparing students for their careers in the industry.

Dental profession to be localised, says Saudi labour minister

February 6, 2020 | Middle East & Africa | News

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Labour and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi has announced a decision, taken in partnership with the Ministry of Health, to gradually localise the dental profession in the country. This is planned to happen in two stages.

Debate on how to repair Ireland’s oral health continues

February 6, 2020 | News

DUBLIN, Ireland: In the lead-up to the Irish general election on 8 February, the Irish Dental Association (IDA) has voiced concerns over the incumbent government’s National Oral Health Policy which was originally released in April 2019. Under the policy, it is planned to extend free dental care to include patients under 16. The IDA said the changes were unrealistic and that it would be advising its members to speak to patients about the issues before election day.

Dental giant Envista concludes transformative year

February 6, 2020 | Americas | Business | News

BREA, Calif., U.S.: Newly independent Envista Holdings has concluded a transformative year that saw it emerge as a new major player in dentistry. Sales for the fourth quarter were down 5% year over year, but the company says that factors such as successful product launches in orthodontics, new partnerships in the digital space and growth in emerging markets have put it on track for an improved business performance in 2020.

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New VDW.FLO Endo Organizer ensures excellent overview of treatment materials

February 5, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

MUNICH, Germany: VDW, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of endodontic solutions, began 2020 with the launch of its VDW.FLO Endo Organizer. This multifunctional plastic insert for drawers and equipment trolleys was specially developed to bring order to the materials used for endodontic treatment.

Align Technology posts record figures and braces for coronavirus

February 5, 2020 | Americas | Business | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: Align Technology has reported its highest ever 12-month revenues. The company’s global sales amounted to $2.4 billion last year and an increase in teenage cases helped clear aligner revenues reach $2 billion for the first time. But 2020 has begun with a degree of uncertainty for the company, which says that the outbreak of the coronavirus in China could strip up to 25,000 cases from its first quarter shipments.

Digital technologies and biomaterials in customised therapies for bone reconstruction

February 5, 2020 | Middle East & Africa

DUBAI, UAE: Augmentation of an insufficient bone volume is indicated before or in conjunction with implant placement to gain long-term functioning and an aesthetic outcome. Autogenous bone block grafting is the accepted standard of care. These tissue transplants, however, have limited availability and require an additional procedure, posing the risk of morbidities. A variety of bone substitute materials, such as allogeneic or xenogeneic materials, are available for ridge augmentation, but the risk of disease transmission needs to be considered. In modern implant dentistry or maxillofacial surgery, priority should be given to those interventions that are simpler, are less invasive, involve less risk of complications, and reach their goal within the shortest time frame.

International dental community gathers for AEEDC Dubai 2020

February 5, 2020 | Middle East & Africa | News

DUBAI, UAE: Yesterday, for the 24th consecutive time, Dubai World Trade Centre welcomed dental professionals from all over the globe to the next UAE International Dental Conference and Arab Dental Exhibition (AEEDC Dubai). Held for the first time in 1996, the event has become one of the largest and most important dental meetings worldwide, attracting tens of thousands of clinicians, scientists and industry representatives each year. It is a major dental event in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region.

Interview: “Lasers should form part of every dental clinic’s armamentarium”

February 4, 2020 | Middle East & Africa | News

After graduating in medicine in 1981, Dr Josep Arnabat-Domínguez attended the University of Barcelona for two more years, completing his specialisation in dentistry. He has now been an associate professor at the university’s dental school for over 25 years, but performs the majority of his work at his private practice, which he opened more than 37 years ago and where he treats patients with dental lasers daily. As a founding member of the Sociedad Española de Láser y Fototerapia en Odontología (Spanish society of laser and phototherapy in dentistry), Arnabat-Domínguez is considered an active advocate in the field, and at AEEDC 2020, he will hold a lecture on laser-assisted oral and dental treatments.

Bioactive tooth surface protective against dental caries

February 4, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

HEFEI/HONG KONG, China: Numerous methods have been investigated to manage dental caries, which is, along with other oral diseases, the most widespread non-communicable disease, as reported by the World Health Organization. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016, 2.4 billion people are affected by caries of their permanent dentition and 486 million children suffer from caries of their primary teeth. Now, researchers have developed a bioactive peptide that coats the tooth surface, helping prevent new cavities and heal existing ones.

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