June 24, 2021 | News
BRUSSELS, Belgium: Given the prevalence and preventable nature of periodontitis, new ways of thinking about gingival health are needed to increase awareness and action at national level, according to the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). The EFP recently commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit, a provider of forecasting and advisory services, to perform an analysis on the financial and human cost of periodontal disease in six western European countries. The report is directed at policymakers, and the findings emphasise the economic and societal benefits of action in the early treatment of gum disease.
In a recent webinar focused on dental impressions in modern dentistry, Dr Pawel Szuba-Paszkiewicz, a dentist with a deep interest in digital prosthodontics, discussed the benefits and shortcomings of both traditional and digital impression taking. Prior to his online presentation, he discussed some of the most common mistakes in dental impression taking and gave dental professionals advice on how to get around some of the limitations of dental scanners.
June 23, 2021 | News
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: The European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF) held a webinar on 9 June that focused on two topics: understanding and supporting oral cancer patients post diagnosis, and the role of dental hygienists in a modern approach to the non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. The webinar was open only to EDHF members, and Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with EDHF Vice President Ellen Bol-van den Hil about what was discussed.
June 23, 2021 | News
EDINBURGH, UK: Currently, NHS dental care is free at the point of use for those under 18 throughout the UK. Part of the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) platform ahead of this past May’s Scottish parliamentary election was a promise to abolish all NHS dentistry charges and increase NHS funding by 20%. After its successful re-election, the SNP has now introduced legislature to make dental services free for individuals up to 25 years of age, a move that will benefit 600,000 young people, according to the government.
June 22, 2021 | News
BASEL, Switzerland: More than 1,000 monthly Instagram posts containing the hashtag #EstheticDentistry provide evidence that dental professionals take great pride in their treatment having a lasting impact on their patients with dental caries and tooth loss. Through the global SmileAward, Straumann aims to highlight the best work of dentists who work tirelessly and with great professionalism to change people’s lives—one smile at a time.
June 22, 2021 | News
CHICAGO, U.S.: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting dental practice? The American Dental Association (ADA) has been engaging with thousands of U.S. dentists every month in order to answer this question. The latest Health Policy Institute (HPI) survey results found that around 61% of all clinics were open and operating normally, but that dental support organizations (DSOs) and larger group practices were more likely to be experiencing pre-pandemic patient volumes.
NEW YORK, U.S.: BioHorizons Implant System, a leading global provider of dental implant and tissue regeneration products, has donated funding and in-kind support to the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) to facilitate access to dental implants for patients in need and to enhance the college’s continuing education programs.
BERLIN, Germany: A four-country randomised controlled clinical trial recently proved the clinical performance and superior cost-effectiveness of glass hybrids compared with composites in Class II restorations. Researchers from Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany, led by Prof. Falk Schwendicke, have now proved in another randomised controlled clinical trial that glass hybrids show similar performance to composites in non-carious cervical lesions.
LONDON, UK: Align Technology has announced that it is hosting its annual Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Invisalign Scientific Symposium on 2 and 3 July digitally, providing an opportunity for orthodontists to delve into the science behind the company’s Invisalign system, as well as glean the latest advanced clinical knowledge from luminaries of orthodontic pedagogy.
HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: It is both a blessing and a curse that different zirconia materials are used depending on the indication—a blessing because it allows dental technicians to achieve the best possible outcomes in every situation, but a curse because this approach requires extensive inventory and the making of many decisions. For those who prefer to take a more efficient route without compromising outcomes, KATANA Zirconia YML is the new go-to solution. With its strong core and translucent outer layer, this new generation of multilayered zirconia offers the properties needed for a broad indication range and easily obtainable aesthetics.
SHANGHAI, China: Given that SARS-CoV-2 originated in China, it is understandable that the nation’s emergency dental care providers have experienced an immense psychological burden since the virus was first discovered. A study of these workers has sought to better understand the exact way in which they have been affected by these experiences. The results of the study have confirmed the need for psychological support services during such difficult times.
Electro Medical Systems (EMS) is a leading manufacturer of precision medical devices for dental prophylaxis. Recently, Dr Ernst Wühr was appointed the general manager of the Swiss company. Throughout his almost 20-year career in the dental business, he has gained profound expertise in the European and Asian dental markets. In this short interview, Wühr talks about his new role as EMS emerges from the pandemic-induced crisis.
NEW YORK, U.S.: As the saying goes, the sky is the limit. This is true for the scientists conducting the first oral health experiment in space to investigate the growth and response of oral bacteria to treatment agents in zero gravity. The project, which is being sponsored by the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory and conducted in collaboration with NASA and Colgate-Palmolive, will last two months and is partly aimed at improving oral health treatment on the ground.
GREIFSWALD, Germany: Periodontitis has been associated with a risk for Alzheimer’s disease in previous studies. The long-term Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP) has been researching the influence of dental diseases on people’s general health since 1997 and has found that inflammatory gingival recession owing to periodontitis increases the risk of myocardial infarction and dementia, among other things. Now, in a recent study, researchers from the University of Greifswald have confirmed the previous findings regarding a connection with Alzheimer’s disease.
The European digital dentistry market, which includes CAD/CAM systems, CAD/CAM materials and dental 3D printers, is projected to experience double-digit growth reaching over €1.4 billion ($ 1.7 billion) by 2027, as digital technologies have begun to revolutionise the European dental prosthetics market reaching into the foreseeable future. This will be driven by strong market growth in the intra-oral scanner and dental 3D printing space.
Dr Max Andrup, a 2010 graduate of Umeå University, currently runs a private practice in the city of Hudiksvall in Sweden, where he maintains a passion for restorative dentistry with a biomimetic approach. In this interview, he discusses the future of restorative dentistry and explains why he relies on Kuraray Noritake Dental’s products for his daily workflow.
GENEVA, Switzerland: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) management of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far has brought its fair share of criticism—including from many stakeholders in the dental industry. In some welcome news, the 74th session of WHO’s World Health Assembly has approved a resolution on oral health that asks WHO to, among other things, create a global strategy and an action plan for combating non-communicable oral diseases within the next two years.
SHANGHAI, China: Many readers may not have heard of Angelalign Technology, the largest clear aligner manufacturer in mainland China. The company shares most of the letters in its name with its largest competitor, US-based Align Technology, and the two companies also share the bulk of Chinese clear aligner sales. Angelalign stepped out of relative obscurity and into the international spotlight in June when it offered nearly 17 million shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
June 10, 2021 | Education
In an upcoming webinar specifically aimed at dental students, Dr Edgard El Chaar will review Straumann’s entire biomaterial portfolio. El Chaar, a former director of the advanced education program and former clinical associate professor at New York University in the US, will provide product overviews, discuss benefits and explain where and when to use which biomaterial. Prior to his presentation, he gave Dental Tribune International a brief outline of his webinar and gave some advice for dental students during the challenging times of SARS-CoV-2.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Amid the global pandemic, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) decided to defer the EuroPerio10 congress, which had originally been planned to take place this month. On 5 June, the EFP launched a series of online scientific sessions that will be held over the next months to bridge the gap until the next in-person event in 2022. Overall, almost 4,000 people from over 110 countries worldwide have registered for the series to date.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dental giant Dentsply Sirona has acquired the assets of U.S.-based Propel Orthodontics. Propel develops and manufactures orthodontic devices and sells them around the world, and Dentsply Sirona says that the acquired assets will strengthen its position in the fast-growing clear aligner market.
June 9, 2021 | News
BIRMINGHAM, UK: To fill a research gap, researchers have recently examined whether dental professionals are, in fact, at an increased risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace, as has often been hypothesised. They found that close contact with patients put dental professionals at a higher risk of developing COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic and that a large number of dental professionals had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in their blood.
June 8, 2021 | Business
LONDON, UK: Clear aligner provider Align Technology has recently announced that the Invisalign system has cracked the ten million mark. The clear aligners are used to treat adults, adolescents and children from the age of six. According to the company, out of the ten million patients, 2.6 million are teenage patients.
LOMA LINDA, Calif., U.S.: Airborne respiratory droplets are one of the main modes of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and the common use of aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) in dental clinics has necessitated the study of preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the associated risk. To this end, researchers from Loma Linda University compared the effectiveness of dental evacuation systems and found that a combination of devices resulted in the greatest reduction in microbial aerosols.
HELSINKI, Finland: Dr Janos Vág became a dentist out of necessity, but he would have preferred to have become a computer science engineer. However, when it was time to choose his educational path in 1989, there were few opportunities for engineers. His father, a dentist, suggested that he could make use of his scientific and technical interests in dentistry as well, so Vág decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.
SOFIA, Bulgaria: Launched in 2008, Smile of the Year recognises achievements in dentistry and dental technology every year. Initially targeted at Bulgarian dental professionals, the contest has evolved into an international format since 2020 and is now open to participants from all over the world. This year’s award ceremony, during which the winners will be announced, will take place on 11 June in Sofia. The event will be streamed live.