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“We are not selling implants”—rethinking immediate dental implant loading

March 1, 2021 | Education

Immediate loading is increasingly being offered as a routine method in dental implant surgery. However, according to Dr Mauro Labanca, it should be handled with more caution, as research has demonstrated that its success rates do not always match those of traditional methods. In an upcoming free webinar on 10 March, he will explain how to ensure qualitative care while applying scientifically proven tools which enable clinicians to obtain objective data on implant stability that is comparable over time.

Moving away from animal testing in dentistry

March 1, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Using animal models in dental research, especially in periodontal and peri-implant research for testing the performance of dental implants, yields numerous benefits and helps push advances in the field. However, dental professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the disadvantages of animal testing, including questions regarding their ethicality and the applicability of the results to humans. Consequently, the dental scientific community has put a great deal of effort into improving the quality of animal research in dentistry and into developing alternative methods that do not involve animal cruelty—a subject that has been a matter of substantial controversy in dental research.

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Study recommends aspirating system with HEPA filter for dental practices

February 26, 2021 | News

YEKATERINBURG, Russia: Aside from personal protective equipment (PPE), high-volume aspirators are recommended in dental clinics during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In a recent study, researchers from the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (UB of RAS) in Yekaterinburg compared different types of aspirating systems and found that factors such as filters and operating mode affected the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 among dental teams.

Growth in dental sales returned to all regions in late 2020—Straumann Group

February 25, 2021 | News

BASEL, Switzerland: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic caused the global dental market to contract in 2020, squeezing the margins of dental practices and manufacturers. According to the Straumann Group, the global dental market was worth some CHF 23 billion (€21 billion) last year—down from an estimated CHF 27–29 billion in 2019. The company said in its annual report, however, that all regions had returned to growth in the fourth quarter of 2020, led by the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

Interview: “Being president of CDS is an honor and privilege”

February 25, 2021 | Interviews

Like in every year, in 2021, the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Midwinter Meeting, one of the largest dental exhibitions in North America, will welcome thousands of attendees and invite them to learn about the latest advancements in dental technology. However, owing to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, this year’s event will take place in an online format for the first time in its 156-year history. In the run-up to the event, Dental Tribune International had the opportunity to speak with this year’s president of the CDS, Dr. Dean Nicholas, better known as Dr. Dino. In this interview, he talks about his passion for the dental profession and discusses some of the challenges and opportunities of organizing the society’s first virtual meeting.

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“Behavioural change is the main pillar of the future dental practice”

February 24, 2021 | Europe | Advertorial

Ensuring patients maintain good treatment results and practise good oral hygiene at home is easier said than done. Changing such habits for the better is a long-term process, and on top of that, no two patients are the same. According to Dr Mário Rui Araújo—a dental hygienist, doctor of health psychology and director of the dental hygiene programme at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre in Portugal—dental hygienists will play an ever more important role in the dental practice of the future. Their position is key to instilling positive behavioural change in patients, and setting them up for a lifetime of oral health as a result.

Twitter vs science: How users access scientific information in tweets

February 24, 2021 | Europe | News

LEIDEN, Netherlands/DALIAN, China: When it comes to social media platforms, Twitter has certainly established itself as a well-known brand since its launch in 2006. The micro-blog website is popular among political and cultural figures, for example, as well as scientists and researchers, who use the platform to share their work. A new study suggests that an understanding of how Twitter users click science can lead to improved engagement with science in social media contexts.

TePe establishes regional support office in Asia

February 23, 2021 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial

SINGAPORE: Reinforcing its presence in Asia, TePe has recently announced that it will be opening an office in central Singapore in March 2021. The establishment of a new branch is planned in order to enhance the company’s brand image and increase health awareness in the region.

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Interview on the impact of
SARS-CoV-2 on dental implantology

February 23, 2021 | Interviews

The ongoing pandemic has had a great impact on many fields in dentistry, including routine procedures and the way in which dental education is delivered. In order to find out more about the extent to which the field of implant dentistry has been affected, Dental Tribune International contacted Prof. Maher Almasri, dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry at Ulster University in Birmingham in the UK, and Prof. Curd Bollen, head of implant dentistry at the same institution. In this interview, they discuss how implant dentistry can best be adapted to the current situation.

Saliva testing for SARS-CoV-2 takes off

February 22, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers in India have found that scientific literature supports salivary diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 infection as an alternative to sampling techniques that involve throat and nasopharyngeal swabs (NPSs). Salivary diagnostic testing has been trialled in numerous initiatives around the world—including recently at Auckland Airport in New Zealand—and healthcare workers at government hospitals in Malaysia will soon begin testing for SARS-CoV-2 using saliva samples.

Amann Girrbach presents attractive gateways to the future at virtual congress

February 22, 2021 | Americas | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Austria: Digitisation holds lucrative opportunities for the future of the dental industry. During its innovative AG.Live CON virtual congress that will take place from 20 to 24 April, Amann Girrbach will be showcasing how these opportunities can be easily exploited. Renowned dental technicians and clinicians will meet with the leading minds in research to explore avenues to advanced digitisation.

Henry Schein named one of World’s Most Admired Companies

February 19, 2021 | Americas | Business

NEW YORK, U.S.: Henry Schein has announced that it features on the FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies list for 2021. This marks the 20th consecutive year of recognition for the company.

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3D-printed indirect bonding tray resin aims to halve orthodontic chair time

February 18, 2021 | Americas | News

SOMERVILLE, Mass., U.S.: Formlabs has launched a new indirect bonding tray (IBT) resin that it says will bring the benefits of 3D printing to orthodontic practices by streamlining workflows and drastically reducing patient chair time. The company’s dental product manager, Sam Wainwright, says that the IBT resin provides an attractive alternative to traditional methods of placing brackets.

Planmeca revolutionises dental education with simulation units

February 18, 2021 | Europe | Advertorial

HELSINKI, Finland/TÂRGU MUREŞ, Romania: The first fully digital Planmeca dental treatment simulation units were installed at the George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology of Târgu Mureş in September 2020. In order to offer its students the possibility of combining case studies with real clinical data, the university decided to invest in Planmeca state-of-the-art equipment. Today, the faculty staff is proud of having the most modern simulation centre in the country for the university’s 900 currently enrolled dental students.

Researchers develop system for children’s oral health screening using smart devices

February 17, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

PERTH, Australia: Researchers in Australia have recently received government funding for a project that aims to develop a system that would allow parents to take photographs of their children’s teeth. The photographs would be taken using smart devices and sent to dental practitioners for evaluation. The novel system would improve access to routine dental care and reduce inappropriate or unnecessary referrals, thus helping to minimise travel and waiting times.

SARS-CoV-2 variant identified in South Africa complicates inoculation plans

February 17, 2021 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The lead scientist behind a “disappointing” study into the efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against a variant of SARS-CoV-2 first found in South Africa says that the results serve as a reality check for those aiming to achieve herd immunity through inoculation. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was found to offer little protection against the more virulent strain. Regulators in South Africa have since shelved plans to use one million doses of the vaccine, despite assurances from scientists that it still protects against serious disease.

NHS dental activity targets continue to attract controversy

February 17, 2021 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Since being implemented on 1 January, the UK government’s new system of NHS targets has drawn its fair share of detractors from both inside and outside the dental profession. Now, a member of parliament (MP) has accused mydentist, the UK’s largest dental chain, of advising its members to “prioritise routine check-ups over treatments in order to meet the new targets”.

Interview: “Advances and developments in dental materials are rapidly accelerating”

February 16, 2021 | Americas | Advertorial

In this interview, Dr Adham Elsayed, certified specialist in dental prosthodontics and implants and clinical and scientific manager at Kuraray Noritake Dental, details the benefits of the company’s new CLEARFIL MAJESTY ES-2 Universal composite and explains its application in the daily dental workflow.

Study finds differences in accuracy of intra-oral scanners

February 16, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

SEOUL, South Korea: Even though intra-oral scanners have been around for more than three decades and their use in dental practice is increasing, few investigations have evaluated the 3D accuracy of digital implant scans. As discrepancies between implant components must be minimal, researchers from Seoul National University School of Dentistry have evaluated the trueness of ten intra-oral scanners in determining the positions of simulated implant scan bodies.

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A guide to eco-friendly dentistry

February 15, 2021 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Sustainability in dentistry is more than a trend. It is a reality that businesses of all sizes have to face and find ways to adapt if we are to sustain a liveable planet for generations to come. At first glance, this may seem like an impossible task, because there is so much to consider. What should one do? Where should one start? How much time and money will it cost? There is much to do. But there are many positive changes towards a greener future that can be put in place almost immediately which are inexpensive and sometimes even free. Besides an initial discussion on the topic, this article provides some easy-to-implement hands-on tips and a focus on practice owners who are already successfully practising environmentally friendly dentistry.

Interview: “Dental technology advances dentistry”

February 15, 2021 | Americas | Education | Interviews

With its transformative power, digital dentistry is slowly taking over dental practices and laboratories all around the world. In a free webinar on Feb. 17, prosthodontist Dr. Ryan C. Lewis will talk about how digital dentistry can help improve workflow efficiency and will highlight some of the latest advancements in digital dentistry. Prior to his online presentation, he shared some thoughts on the topic.

Celebrating World Oral Health Day in 2021

February 12, 2021 | Europe | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: With less than two months to go until World Oral Health Day (WOHD) on 20 March, FDI World Dental Federation has some tips and tricks for you to be #MouthProud, have fun and celebrate safely.

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Researchers in Australia seek to improve dental implant outcomes

February 11, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

BRISBANE, Australia: Dental professionals and researchers continue to look for the best solutions to help prevent and manage peri-implant disease. For example, researchers at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry in Brisbane are developing a treatment that will improve dental implant outcomes by preventing bacterial growth and biofilm formation on implant surfaces. The researchers believe that the treatment may also be effective in treating periodontitis.

Dental resins used in 3D printing may impair reproductive health

February 11, 2021 | Americas | News

CHICAGO/EVANSTON, Il., U.S.: The recent development of resins marketed as biocompatible has led to the widespread application of 3D-printable resins, for example in medical devices and tissue engineered constructs. However, researchers from Northwestern University in Chicago and in Evanston have found that two 3D-printable resins for use in dental applications leach compounds that can cause severe toxic effects in the oocyte, the immature precursor to the ovum that can eventually be fertilized.

Pandemic-proof? Align Technology sold a record number of clear aligners in 2020

February 10, 2021 | Americas | News

TEMPE, Ariz., U.S.: Align Technology sold a record 1.6 million cases of clear aligners in 2020—the same year in which most governments and businesses around the world hemorrhaged money while being starved of income. The clear aligner maker did a lot for dentists and orthodontists last year and is now reaping the rewards. Moreover, the digital workflows behind clear aligner therapy are helping dentists and orthodontists to keep patient numbers high.

Researchers stress importance of appropriate PPE selection during COVID-19 pandemic

February 10, 2021 | Europe | News

OPORTO, Portugal: A recently published paper, which is the second of a three-part series on the management of COVID-19 in clinical dental care settings, aims to describe the selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by dental care professionals, based on the level of risk associated with the planned procedures. The researchers emphasise the importance of properly putting on and removing PPE, as well as choosing the appropriate equipment because it can be associated with a risk of infection.

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