COPENHAGEN, Denmark: The Cellerant “Best of Class” Technology Award is presented annually to companies who are leading the way with innovative technologies that are shaping the future of their respective industries. This year, 3Shape has won the award for its TRIOS 4 intra-oral scanner. It marks the eighth year in a row that 3Shape has earned this accolade.
HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: During these strange and difficult times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the top priority for dentists across the world has been to keep themselves and their patients safe. To do so, not only have many dental practices been shut down, but also in-person dental congresses, symposia and other events have been postponed indefinitely.
COLOGNE, Germany: About six months prior to the event, the organisers of the International Dental Show (IDS) have announced that they will be implementing several digital elements for the 39th edition of IDS, which will be held next year. In light of the travel restrictions in place, they aim to facilitate access to the global trade fair for visitors from abroad who will not be able to attend. The digital IDS platform will provide information on new products, live streaming of webinars, press conferences and events, as well as one-to-one communications.
GENEVA, Switzerland: The International Association of Dental Students (IADS) recently published the inaugural issue of International Journal of Dental Students (IJDS). According to Dr Huthaifa Abdul Qader, the publication’s editor-in-chief, IJDS aims to make scientific literature more accessible to young dental professionals by improving readability and focusing on new techniques and controversial topics in clinical applications and research.
Though the spread of SARS-CoV-2 has had an undeniably deleterious effect on many elements of the dental world, it has also opened up new possibilities for imagining how dentistry should be delivered. That is the contention of Dr Richard Watt, professor of dental public health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, in a recent letter to The Lancet. Watt spoke with Dental Tribune International about how points of emphasis in dentistry may change in a post-pandemic world.
NEW YORK, U.S: The 2020 Greater New York Dental Meeting — scheduled for Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 — will be a virtual event, meeting organizers announced in an email sent recently to exhibitors.
PARIS, France: Today, the organisers of the Congrès de l’ADF, one of the largest and most important events on the dental calendar, announced that they have made the decision to cancel this year’s congress. The next French Dental Association (ADF) meeting will take place from 23 to 27 November 2021.
September 10, 2020 | Education
GOTHENBURG, Sweden: In order to stay connected with the dental community and provide clinicians with increased opportunities for continuing education, Osstell has launched its own online campus. Moreover, the company has decided to transform its 12th ISQ scientific symposium into a fully digital event. The global symposium will be held on 24 September and will focus on clinical cases, knowledge and experience, utilising the company’s patented implant stability quotient (ISQ) non-invasive technology that enables clinicians to optimise dental implant treatment for each patient.
September 10, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: Dentists in Scotland have recently voiced their concerns over receiving stocks of free expired personal protective equipment (PPE). Since the Scottish government has failed to provide robust evidence to prove the safety of the out-of-date face masks provided by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), the British Dental Association (BDA) has urged NHS NSS to make alternative arrangements for supplying PPE to dentists. In the meantime, it has advised dentists against using such masks, since doing so may pose significant risks to their health as well as to the health of their teams and patients.
When it comes to innovations in implant dentistry, the refinement of site preparation has fallen behind the advancements of implant design. Prof. Stefan Holst, Vice President of Premium Implants at Nobel Biocare and co-author of an original research study with Stanford University on the OsseoShaper design and biological benefits, describes some of the challenges presented by conventional drilling protocols and explains how this new device has been designed to overcome these problems.
MUNICH, Germany: Dentists see their patients several times annually in order to assess the health of their teeth and oral cavity; therefore, they are able to clearly observe the impact of tobacco use from an early stage. According to the German subsidiary of Philip Morris International (PMI), dental professionals are in a unique position to provide information on healthier, alternative forms of nicotine delivery to those patients who smoke and are unable or unwilling to kick the habit.
BERLIN, Germany: Dentists at Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, together with data scientists and programmers, have developed dentalXrai Pro—a software program that allows dental practitioners to perform the analysis of radiographs based on artificial intelligence (AI). The new software was designed to help dentists identify pathologies and restorations more accurately and in less time in order to provide optimal treatment and improve communication with patients.
A lecturer at the University of Queensland’s School of Pharmacy, Dr Meng-Wong Taing is passionate about expanding the role pharmacists play in improving their patients’ health through a collaborative approach. Naturally, this approach includes giving advice regarding appropriate oral healthcare. In this interview, Taing discusses why oral health promotion means so much to him and shows how dentists and pharmacists can work together in order to optimise patient health outcomes.
ANKARA, Turkey: It is well known that antibiotic resistance is a growing problem and that some bacteria have become resistant to even the most powerful medication. However, it is frequently found that dentists prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily. A recent study has confirmed this to be the case with dentists in Turkey and has also examined the clinical situations that lead to this type of decision.
ZÜRICH, Switzerland: If it were up to Swiss oral health brand Swiss Smile, oral care would not be ordinary. Swiss Smile combines clinical expertise with timeless design, using nothing but the finest of ingredients and materials. Its gift sets are popular with luxury hotels, and its brushes and toothpastes with those who see oral hygiene as a ritual of wellness and enjoyable self-care. Last week at the Swiss Deluxe Hotels Partners Day, Swiss Smile distinguished itself as the go-to partner for luxury oral care products.
HELSINKI, Finland: Dr Seppo Lindroos is an experienced dentist and the founder of the MEDIDENT dental clinic, located in Helsinki. The clinic is fully equipped with Planmeca devices, including a Planmeca Sovereign Classic dental unit, a Planmeca Emerald intra-oral scanner, a Planmeca ProMax 2D imaging unit and a Planmeca ProScanner imaging plate scanner.
FORT WORTH, Texas, U.S.: Owing to the growing popularity of point-of-care 3D printing and the subsequent creation of 3D-printing laboratories, a recent study aimed to compare the benefits of printing dental prostheses for fibula and implant reconstructions in-house with those of using traditional techniques that involve outsourcing to dental laboratories. The researchers found that in-house printing offers considerable benefits, such as reducing the waiting period before surgery, but that it requires an initial investment in 3D-printing equipment.
September 3, 2020 | Education
Local anaesthesia is often uncomfortable for both patient and clinician. However, it does not have to be this way, as Dr Aneta Olszewska will show in a two-part webinar series that will focus on the benefits of computer-controlled local anaesthesia systems. Prior to her online seminar, Olszewska spoke to Dental Tribune International and shared some insights into the topic she will be covering.
Cancer treatment, by definition, is highly cytotoxic: radiotherapy and chemotherapy cause death of or damage to cells of the oral cavity, and the side effects vary from patient to patient. In a free webinar on Friday, 4 September, researcher and dental surgeon Dr Juliana Schussel, who is also an adjunct professor in the graduate dentistry programme at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba in Brazil, will be teaching dental professionals how to prevent and treat cancer complications before, during and after treatment. A special focus will be placed on oral mucositis, as well as medication- and radiation-related osteonecrosis of the jaws.
FLINT, Mich., U.S.: “One team, one dream” is the motto of Dr. Akira Senda, president of the International College of Dentists (ICD). As the world has faced a challenging year owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Senda’s motto has resonated with ICD fellows worldwide, encouraging them to overcome the crisis and serve humankind together. In response to the pandemic, ICD has started an educational platform in order to connect with ICD fellows digitally.
September 2, 2020 | News
What if we could replace the cumbersome process of validation for our devices, banking and other secure entry points with a flick of the tongue? According to the designers behind UK-based Project Stealth Tech, the inside of our mouths is not only a rich source of unique biometrics, but also offers concealment by default. Dental Tribune International spoke with Paul Mendieta, one of the four graduates of the Royal College of Art in London who developed the Stealth mouth wearable, which is worn on the palatal rugae. Mendieta says that the prototype device aims to take authentication inside the mouth and that further uses for the technology are under development.
ŁÓDŹ, Poland: The organisers of the Central European Dental Exhibition (CEDE) have announced that they will be hosting the Virtual Dental Exhibition (VDE) from 24 to 26 September. The free-of-charge event will offer an interactive, creative and safe experience that will include webinars, round-table discussions and a trade show.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: After closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has decided to reschedule the EuroPerio10 congress, which was planned to take place in June 2021. The event will now be held in the first half of 2022 at the Bella Center, Scandinavia’s largest multifunctional event venue, in Copenhagen. The final dates will be communicated as soon as they are confirmed.
HOBOKEN, N.J., U.S.: Because the International Endodontic Journal (IEJ) has had a tremendous increase in submissions of systematic reviews and meta‐analyses in recent years, it was decided to bring onboard a new associate editor to assume responsibility for this type of manuscript. Malaysian researcher Dr. Venkateshbabu Nagendrababu was appointed to the position this month.
Prof. David Denning is professor of infectious diseases in global health at the University of Manchester and the chief medical adviser at DenScreen, a company providing a new screening system for dental patients developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, he discusses the principles underpinning DenScreen and explains how its antibody testing can provide benefits to dental practices and patients alike.
At this point during the COVID-19 pandemic, many dental offices have begun to adapt to the current situation and resumed their day-to-day work. However, there are many open questions in terms of this paradigm shift that relate to such topics as infection control, sterilisation monitoring and provision of emergency care. At IDEM 2020, Dr Pallavi Patil from India presented an online lecture on the importance of choosing the right protection and on overall transitions in dentistry during the pandemic. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr Patil shared her expert opinion on the topic.