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Why digitalisation in dentistry is now even more important than ever

November 27, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

LONDON, UK: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Align Technology worked with a number of key opinion leaders with a view to exploring best practice strategies for returning to dental practice, helping dental professionals thrive in a new environment and turning unprecedented challenges into potential opportunities. A key enabler was found to be the adoption of a digital dental solution.

Study examines knowledge and experience of erosive tooth wear among Danish dentists

November 27, 2020 | Europe | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Erosive tooth wear (ETW) is of growing concern to dental professionals and therefore the subject of extensive research. A survey has now investigated how knowledgeable Danish dental professionals are about the problem and how they would potentially treat such cases.

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UK dentists need peace of mind on PPE and COVID-19 complaints

November 26, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Practices in the UK remain open during the current lockdown, but dentists in the country have reported increased concerns related to other aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Two in five dentists (40%) say that they fear future investigations relating to the disruption of dental care during the lockdown, and more than a third (35%) say that problems with the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is affecting their ability to see more patients.

Dentsply Sirona sets new standards in digital dental events

November 26, 2020 | Americas | Education | News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: DS World typically takes place in Las Vegas, but was held virtually this year owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. More than 4,500 dental professionals from over 25 countries attended the event, and the company said that its success showed that the dental business and continuing dental education are thriving even amid the greatest health crisis of the modern era.

ITC finds no violation of Align Technology patents by 3Shape

November 25, 2020 | Americas | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: Another court case in the drawn-out patent battle between Align Technology and 3Shape has come to a close. A notice of final determination issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) found that there was no Section 337 violation and that, while 3Shape had infringed upon certain Align patent claims, those claims were found to be invalid. Furthermore, of the two Align patents that were found to be valid, the ITC determined that neither had been infringed by 3Shape.

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Dr Miguel Stanley talks about importance of practising Slow Dentistry

November 25, 2020 | Europe | Education | Interviews

Many dental professionals equate business success to practice profitability. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to rushed dental appointments and poor-quality treatments. In his webinar on 4 December, Dr Miguel Stanley, the clinical director of the White Clinic based in Lisbon in Portugal and a passionate advocate for high-quality dental care, will talk about how Slow Dentistry should be a fundamental human right. He will also explain why it is now more important than ever to follow the best disinfection practices in a dental clinic.

Interview: Consulting the Internet should in no way replace visiting the dentist

November 24, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

Everyone has done it—searching for symptoms on the Internet. Recent statistics show that searches for dental and mouth-related problems are very common in Europe. On average, Europeans generate over 200,000 searches per month for toothache alone. This benefits patients by assisting them in taking responsibility for their own health, but unfortunately self-diagnosing on the Internet can sometimes do more harm than good. Self-diagnosis can fuel anxiety and hypochondria, and some websites provide unreliable information. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr Chun Tang, of Pall Mall Medical in Manchester in the UK, shared some tips for dental professionals on how to educate patients about this matter.

New sensor monitors bone growth around dental implants

November 24, 2020 | Middle East & Africa | News

TEHRAN, Iran: In order to reduce the medical radiographic imaging dosage for patients with dental implants, engineers from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran have designed a novel sensor. The device can be integrated within dental implants in order to monitor bone growth, thus replacing multiple radiographic imaging sessions.

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Jump in prescriptions by dentists during lockdown stokes fear of antibiotic resistance

November 23, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: According to a new study, dentists in England wrote 25% more prescriptions for antibiotics between April and July 2020 than they did during the same period in 2019. In London, the increase was 60%. FDI World Dental Federation has published a new white paper on how dental teams can contribute to reducing antibiotic resistance (ABR), and one of its authors has said that the profession has a clear responsibility to contribute to the fight against ABR at local, national and global levels.

Interview: Effects of COVID-19 on dentistry in Asia Pacific, Part 1

November 20, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Interviews | News

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on dental business, but its effects have varied among countries around the world. In this interview, Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with Dr Sushil Koirala, the founder and chairman of National Dental Hospital and Koirala Dental Academy, a global dental education centre based in Kathmandu in Nepal, on how the pandemic has affected the dental industry in the Asia Pacific region, where he is based.

U.S. presidential election: What does it mean for dentistry?

November 19, 2020 | Americas | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: On Nov. 3, the 59th U.S. presidential election was held. Owing to a record number of mail-in ballots and extremely tight contests in swing states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, it was several days before The Associated Press declared Joe Biden to be victorious in succeeding the incumbent Republican president, Donald Trump. Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 next year, and it is time to ask what effect a Biden presidency could have on American dentistry.

Dental education and COVID-19: Study identifies challenges and opportunities

November 18, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

TAIPEI, Taiwan: SARS-CoV-2 has required dental schools to be innovative. Three online symposia were held earlier this year in order to analyse strategies that had been adopted for keeping classes going during the first wave of the pandemic. A qualitative study of the symposia found that better online tools were needed, but that digital teaching platforms had created new opportunities for regional collaboration.

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How to protect patients and personnel from COVID-19

November 18, 2020 | Europe | Education

Infection control and prevention measures commonly observed in the dental practice are safe and effective, but hygiene routines need to be known, understood and strictly observed by the whole dental office team—especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a free webinar, speakers Drs Mikael Zimmerman and Petteri Sjögren will summarise and explain the main aspects of these precautions with the purpose of shedding some light on key issues and explaining some crucial reasons for choosing them and methods of implementing them. Prior to their online presentation, Zimmerman, who is a leading expert in quality assurance, hygiene and infection control in dentistry, gave a brief preview of the topic.

Reduced radiation possible with AI prediction of root morphology

November 17, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

NAGOYA, Japan: With the aim of clarifying the relationship between panoramic radiographic appearance and longitudinal CBCT classification of root configurations of the mandibular second molar, researchers from Japan have investigated hundreds of panoramic radiographs and are now planning to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system to help simplify diagnosis of mandibular second molar root canal configurations on panoramic radiographs in the future.

Mitigation methods currently in place are effective, study shows

November 17, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: The latest results of a promising feasibility study which demonstrated the effectiveness of mitigation methods used in dental practices during aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) have given an insight into the current situation in the UK.

Bioceramic implant induces cranial regrowth and restores bone defects in oral cavity

November 16, 2020 | Europe | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Large cranial reconstructions are being increasingly performed worldwide, but remain a substantial clinical challenge. Researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, in cooperation with Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and Uppsala University, have now developed a novel bioceramic implant. Study results show that it has been proved to stimulate regeneration of natural skull bone so that even large cranial defects can be repaired in a way which was previously not possible.

A-dec joins Mercy Ships in first reveal of Global Mercy hospital ship

November 16, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

NEWBERG, Ore., U.S.: Family-owned dental equipment manufacturer A-dec has proudly joined Mercy Ships in announcing a first look at the construction of the world’s largest nongovernmental organization hospital ship. Mercy Ships is a faith-based global organization powered by charitable donors and volunteers. The new ship, named the Global Mercy, is scheduled to sail to Africa in late 2021.

World Diabetes Day—A dental perspective

November 13, 2020 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Although most of the world’s population continues to focus its attention on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to raise awareness of other diseases that may significantly affect health. This Saturday, 14 November, marks World Diabetes Day—the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. Almost a century ago, Banting and Charles Best co-discovered insulin, a peptide hormone that helps control blood glucose in people with diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) chose the date in order to shed light on issues that are relevant to diabetes prevention and to bring public and political attention to the disease.

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