MALMÖ, Sweden: Research has shown that bruxism not only causes damage to teeth but may also result in implant failure. To further investigate the issue, researchers from Malmö University are seeking to examine how bruxism affects the longevity of dental restorations by evaluating the complications the condition may cause after implant treatment. The study is planned to reduce the time and costs associated with redoing dental work.
Fiona Perry, from Perthshire in Scotland, started her journey in dentistry as a dental nurse in the early 1980s, and a couple of years later, she qualified as a dental hygienist at King’s College London. Today, Perry still does the same job but with a significant twist: she is the country’s first mobile dental hygienist. Dental Tribune International spoke to Perry about her passion, what a typical workday on the go looks like and how sustainable dentistry plays into it all.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., U.S.: For dentists who own the property on which their dental practice is located, the property is typically their second-most valuable asset after the dental clinic itself. When selling a clinic to a dental support organization (DSO), however, owning the wider premises can result in challenges for dentists. Dental Tribune International spoke with an experienced medical practice broker who said that selling the property to a cooperative group can solve the problem and allow dentists to retain partial ownership.
ALSIP, Ill., U.S.: In celebration of GC’s 100th anniversary, GC America will host a one-day virtual symposium on combating biofilm and oral disease on July 30. At this free educational event, three experts on the topic of biofilm will come together to share their experiences in dealing with the biofilm-related issues that many patients have.
PHILADELPHIA, U.S.: Taste disorders and other neurosensory defects have been reported postoperatively in a number of patients who have undergone extraction of the mandibular third molars. Although taste deficits are generally expected to resolve within one year, the long-term effects of the surgical procedure remain unknown. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has challenged the notion that third molar extraction only has negative effects on taste, as it found that patients who underwent the dental procedure had improved taste abilities decades after the surgery.
LONDON, UK: After a year-long inquiry, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing (APPG) has released a report on the regulatory environment surrounding non-surgical aesthetic procedures such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections—the latter most commonly known as Botox. Given that these treatments are increasingly being offered by UK dental practices, the British Dental Association (BDA) has cautioned dentists to confirm that they are appropriately insured to provide these services.
BEIJING, China: When the largest Chinese clear aligner manufacturer floated shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange in June, it was obliged to make available to the public company and market information that previously had been difficult to obtain. Angelalign’s trading prospectus outlines the exceptional market growth that is forecast for orthodontic therapy in China by 2030, by which time the country is expected to have more clear aligner treatments per year than the US or Europe.
AACHEN, Germany: Members of the global dental community learned on 19 July of the death of Prof. Norbert Gutknecht, one of the pioneers of dental laser technology. Gutknecht, who was born in Germany in 1954, devoted his professional career to scientific research in the application of lasers in dentistry and, from the early 1990s, helped to educate generations of dentists in the responsible use of this technology.
SINGAPORE: Moving from a limited focus on the environment to recognising the importance of health, well-being and prosperity of people and the planet, the concept of sustainable development has transformed over the years. Gaining some insight into this development may widen the understanding of what sustainability can mean for health professionals today.
SYDNEY, Australia: Though an estimated 3.3% of the Australian population identifies as Indigenous, statistics collated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have shown that this figures falls to 0.4% in the context of the country’s dental workforce. To help remedy this, the Indigenous Dentists’ Association of Australia (IDAA) has struck up a partnership with the New South Wales branch of the Australian Dental Association (ADA NSW) with the ultimate aim of reducing the oral health inequalities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.
SEOUL, South Korea: The integration of CAD/CAM technologies into clinical dental workflows continues to grow as digital dentistry devices become more easily accessible. In a recent study measuring the relative accuracy of intra-oral scanners, the Danish dental company 3Shape’s TRIOS 3 was found to outperform the Medit i500 intra-oral scanner in several important criteria.
SEATTLE, U.S.: Biofilm buildup can lead to many oral health issues, including gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth loss, as well as other serious health consequences, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and bowel disease. To better understand individual variation in gingival inflammation, researchers have recently identified and classified human host and microbial responses to the accumulation of dental plaque. The study may help explain why some people are more susceptible to inflammation-associated health problems.
DRESDEN, Germany: Much has been made of the transformative potential of additive manufacturing in the medical field, and a project by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft hopes to pair new 3D-printing technologies with tangible applications in the medical sector. Scientists in Germany and Poland are collaborating on a series of pilot projects in selected medical fields, including dentistry.
DUNEDIN, New Zealand: In both developed and developing countries, obesity has become so common that it is being described as a global epidemic. Researchers from the University of Otago in Dunedin and institutions in the UK have proposed a weight loss aid for certain patients in the form of an intra-oral device fitted to the posterior teeth. DentalSlim Diet Control uses magnets to restrict mouth opening, permitting a liquid diet only. While the device has been called a “world-first weight loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic”, many have expressed their disapproval and concern about it.
BOSTON, U.S./ KIGALI, Rwanda: Experts have been warning about the consequences of climate change for years, and with every year that the situation worsens, these consequences become increasingly difficult to reverse. The current rate of global warming is associated with higher risks for adverse health outcomes as well, and these are measurable today, according to a recent commentary.
KAMPALA, Uganda: Clear demands have been made of the international community concerning equity in the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The Kampala Declaration on COVID-19 Vaccine Equity, which was signed during the recent World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda in June, calls for an end to “vaccine egoism and nationalism” and for the sharing of vaccine doses with low- and middle-income countries.
KNITTLINGEN, Germany/KOBLACH, Austria: Last week, Thomas Gienger, dental technician and trainer at Amann Girrbach, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 58. Gienger was valued for his comprehensive knowledge and over 20 years’ experience in dental laboratories and the dental industry. He was a first-generation user of CAD/CAM technology and helped train thousands of dental technicians.
SYDNEY, Australia: In many parts of the developed world, high rates of vaccination have enabled an easing of COVID-19 restrictions regarding the wearing of masks, travel and more. In Australia, meanwhile, an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, combined with a slow vaccine rollout, has caused the country’s two largest cities to be locked down, creating major barriers to accessing dental services for many Australians.
BOSTON, U.S.: Little is known about socioeconomic factors in relation to tooth loss. In a new study, researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) have developed machine-learning algorithms for predicting tooth loss in adults that—in addition to the obvious parameters such as age and dental care—included patients’ socioeconomic factors. The findings suggest that these tools may help identify teeth at risk in order to ensure early intervention.
GLASGOW, UK: Changing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have regularly affected the scope of work that dental professionals have been allowed to conduct. Understanding exactly which procedures are permitted—and which ones are not—has been a continued challenge. The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS), one of the leading medical defence organisations in the UK, has announced that it received a record number of inquiries from dentists looking for advice and support during 2020.
ZURICH, Switzerland: Peri-implantitis is one of the greatest unsolved problems in dental implantology, and its prevalence is expected to increase over time as implant treatment becomes more widespread.1 Implant cleaning is a difficult but essential step in treating peri-implantitis, and the recently launched GalvoSurge Dental Implant Cleaning System offers a new solution that is compatible with most implants on the market.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Ever since it was launched in 2005, 3Shape Dental System has been the software of choice for dental laboratory technicians who want to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. With the release of Dental System 2021, 3Shape is now allowing technicians to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and enhance their productivity through its new and improved integrated workflows.
TSUKUBA, Japan: Healthcare can be considered a right or a luxury, depending on one’s location. Although essential for maintaining good health, healthcare is not readily accessible to all as certain barriers might greatly hinder access to certain healthcare services, including dentistry. For example, researchers in Japan have recently found that, although the country is economically developed and has a large dental workforce, there exist socio-economic inequalities that discourage patients from actively seeking preventive dental treatment.
LEEDS, UK: Researchers from the University of Leeds and the University of Liverpool examined the gender balance of invited speakers at dental conferences that were held in the UK over a two-year period. The June study found that gender was acceptably balanced at only 21.4% of conferences and concluded that conference organisers should proactively work towards making their programmes more representative of the dental workforce.
SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: The Invisalign clear aligner system entered the market with a string of patents and no competitors in the late 1990s. According to Zacks Equity Research, a June 2011 investment of $1,000 (€700) in its manufacturer, Align Technology, would have gained 2,668% in value by June this year.
DARMSTADT, Germany: Exocad, an Align Technology company, has announced its expanded presence at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2021, taking place from 22 to 25 September in Cologne in Germany. Exocad will showcase its newest software releases and innovations for dental technicians and dentists at Booth A020 in Hall 3, where it will have 360m² of exhibition space and a multitude of demo stations.