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Sunshine vitamin D and COVID-19: Is there a correlation?

October 19, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Vitamin D, also referred to as the sunshine vitamin, is increasingly more difficult to obtain from sun exposure. The increase in the number of people working in offices today has drastically reduced access to direct sunlight. The strict confinement measures worldwide to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2 can only have worsened this situation. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be associated with dental implant failure and complications, and mounting evidence is suggesting that inadequate vitamin D levels in the blood could play a major role in SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility and outcomes.

The future is now: Revolutionising dentistry with digital dentures

October 19, 2020 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Whereas it was previously impossible to imagine a dental laboratory adopting a fully digital workflow, digital dentistry has already redefined the previously established dental procedures and empowered dental professionals and clinicians to take the leap and immerse themselves in a digital future. The benefits of dental technology can be clearly seen in the introduction of digital dentures—not only has this facilitated denturists’ and dental clinicians’ work by offering more flexibility and efficiency, but it has also improved the patient experience and enabled patients to become more involved in their own care.

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Dentsply Sirona delivers smart workflows to make work flow in implant dentistry

October 16, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S./BENSHEIM, Germany: After a series of groundbreaking product and solution launches, Dentsply Sirona’s sights are now set on creating the best possible workflow solutions for implant dentistry professionals. The idea is to identify customer-unique solutions that enable high-quality treatment while saving time and effort. As the recent launches of Azento, Astra Tech Implant EV and Acuris have shown, the company intends to remain an innovative leader in implant dentistry.

A hybrid dental hygienist

October 15, 2020 | Europe | News

A periodontist once told me that a good dental hygienist leaves behind around 15% of calculus after initial therapy. As a dental hygiene student, I failed to appreciate what these words implied. Now, 13 years later and amid task relocation in Dutch dentistry, I often think back to those words. Whether the percentage of calculus that is not removed is actually 15% I am not going to debate in this article, as it is not very relevant in this context. It is simply accepted that a dental hygienist does not remove all calculus during initial therapy.

Convicted hoverboard-riding dentist will serve 12 years in jail

October 15, 2020 | Americas | News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, U.S.: Videos of an Alaskan dentist treating a patient while riding a hoverboard went viral during an investigation of his practice last year. He has now been convicted on 46 separate felony and misdemeanor counts. As a result, he has been sentenced to serve 20 years in jail with eight years suspended, according to a statement by Alaska’s Department of Law.

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Fallow time calculator launched after AGP review

October 14, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: A review of the evidence relating to the use of aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) and the risk that they pose for the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in dental settings has resulted in a further reduction to the fallow time that is recommended by UK dental authorities. Dental professionals can now calculate the time necessary between dental procedures using a free online tool.

Interview: “When it comes to renewable resources, we believe that Orsing is on the forefront”

October 14, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

From 1 October 2020, Swedish company Orsing has discontinued its white Hygoformic, which was manufactured in polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), and replaced it with natural green Hygoformic Bio, manufactured in Green PE and packaged in industrial compostable and biodegradable bioplastic. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Patrizia Mattiucci, clinical relations manager at Orsing’s parent company DirectaDentalGroup, spoke about the reasoning behind this change, the production challenges that were faced and where the materials come from. She also gave us some insight into how the company wants to help dental clinics to communicate their environmental choices to their patients.

Dr Stephen Chen on principles for case selection in post-extraction implant placement

October 13, 2020 | Education

In aesthetically critical areas, the selection of the time of implant placement—immediate, early or late—can influence the outcome. In an upcoming webinar on 19 October, Dr Stephen Chen will describe current concepts in post-extraction healing. Prior to his online presentation, Chen, who is president of the International Team for Implantology, gave a brief preview of his topic.

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Organisers of IDS determine new guidelines for 2021 event

October 13, 2020 | Europe | News

COLOGNE, Germany: Over the past few weeks, the organisers of the International Dental Show (IDS) have announced several changes to the upcoming 39th edition of IDS, which will take place in Cologne in March 2021. Now, it has also been announced that the duration of the event will be shortened.

3Shape introduces updated Generation Red E scanners

October 12, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: With its wide-ranging scanner portfolio, 3Shape has always provided dental professionals with the leading technology that promised to drive laboratory productivity and boost business growth. In line with its initial promise, 3Shape is now proud to introduce its newest addition to the family: the Generation Red E scanners. Both the most recent scanner, E4, as well as its predecessors, E3, E2 and E1, boast improved accuracy, speed and other advanced scanning features that help dental professionals optimise time and enhance the digital workflow.

Oral health programme for athletes proves successful for sporting performance

October 12, 2020 | Americas | News

LONDON, UK: There are several reasons why athletes are more likely to have poor oral health. In addition to physical activity that causes a dry mouth, increasing the long-term risk of dental caries and gingivitis, regular sugar intake from energy supplements plays a role. Now, researchers at University College London (UCL) have designed a behavioural change programme for athletes and found that those who adopted simple oral health measures reported reduced negative effects on their performance.

Choosing the right mouthwash in times of pandemic

October 9, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

KRIENS, Switzerland: SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in the saliva of 91.7% of people infected with the virus. This means that dental professionals are particularly vulnerable to infection, and it is recommended that patients rinse with an antiviral mouthwash for 30 seconds before any form of treatment takes place. Researchers from the Université de Lyon have issued a position paper indicating which ingredients a mouthwash should contain in order to effectively reduce the SARS-CoV-2 viral load in the mouth.

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3DISC acquired, becomes 3DISC Dental Connect

October 9, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

HERNDON, Va., U.S.: 3DISC, a provider of digital radiographic and 3D imaging and scanning technology for dental clinics, yesterday announced the acquisition of the company. With the support of private equity firm Galiena Capital, 3DISC will become part of the newly formed 3DISC Dental Connect. 3DISC is the developer of fully digital intraoral scanning technology.

Dentsply Sirona launches DAC Universal S

October 9, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

SALZBURG, Austria: Dentsply Sirona, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dental products and technologies, has announced the release of the DAC Universal S dental autoclave. The new addition to the DAC Universal family allows dental professionals to process instruments automatically in just one cycle and comes with a complete sterilisation function.

Periodontal status may play role in COVID-19 severity

October 8, 2020 | Americas | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: The link between periodontal disease and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease is, by now, well established in the scientific literature. A new review study has now suggested that untreated periodontal disease may be indirectly related to the intensity of COVID-19-related complications, highlighting the need for good oral health during these difficult times.

NSW dentist banned for opioid misconduct

October 8, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: A New South Wales (NSW) dentist found guilty of professional misconduct has been banned from practising dentistry for a period of 12 months. Dr Peter Joseph Brian Buys was censured and found guilty of a number of breaches of conduct relating to the prescription of opioids, including that of prescribing excessive quantities of oxycodone to patients without appropriate documentation.

Digital orthodontics company raises funds for 3D-printed brackets

October 7, 2020 | Americas | Business | News

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., U.S.: LightForce Orthodontics is a digital dentistry platform that provides orthodontists with fully customized 3D-printed tooth-moving tools. Its customizable 3D brackets are the first of their kind on the market, and they are designed to reduce patient visits and treatment duration. The company launched LightForce this year, after five years of research and development, and has now raised $14 million (€12 million) in funding for the further development and commercialization of the system.

Interview: “If you can dream it, you can do it with exocad”

October 7, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

As an industry innovator and enthusiast in the field of dental implants, dentures and digital technology, Dr Michael Scherer is an expert in his field and knows how to handle the hybrid environment of dental clinic and laboratory. When he is not working as a prosthodontist at his practice in Sonora in California in the US, or enjoying his great love of nature when going scuba diving, hiking or skiing, Scherer enjoys speaking at educational conferences of all sizes. At the exocad Insights 2020 event in Darmstadt in Germany, Dental Tribune International met with Scherer to talk about his lecture at the event in which he discussed what dentists can do with exocad, described his experience with the software and explained why digital dentistry is the future.

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