Since 2010, Slow Dentistry has been encouraging dental professionals to manage their time at the clinic better and to practise ethical and quality care. Now, more than a decade later, the movement has achieved substantial growth and continues to gain strength despite the recent challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr Miguel Stanley, an ambassador for and the co-founder of Slow Dentistry, talks about some of the movement’s proudest achievements so far and about Slow Dentistry’s vision for the future.
CHICAGO, U.S.: New research from the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute (HPI) shows that the average net earnings of general practitioner (GP) dentists in the U.S. fell by 17.9% in 2020 compared with 2019. In a recent webinar, Dr. Marko Vujicic, chief economist and vice president at HPI, explained that the fall in net income had been significantly higher for women and older dentists.
PARIS, France: This year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO congress), which was scheduled to take place in Milan in Italy, has been transformed into a digital event, owing to the ongoing global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. After the success of its first online event in 2020, the EAO has announced the second edition of its Digital Days event, which will be streamed live from 12 to 14 October and will feature over 30 innovative and interactive shows.
TOKYO, Japan: On 11 February, GC Corp. celebrated its 100th anniversary. As part of the continued celebrations surrounding this milestone, the company is now preparing for the fifth iteration of its International Dental Symposium, where it will deliver the latest information on state-of-the-art dentistry to participants worldwide.
LAS VEGAS, U.S.: From Sept. 23 to 25, dental professionals had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of dental technology and innovation, all thanks to this year’s Dentsply Sirona (DS) World, which took place in Las Vegas. As expected, the event attracted thousands of participants, both in person and online, and featured major announcements, product releases, informative continuing education sessions and innovative technologies.
3D dental printing today is reminiscent of cosmetic dentistry in the early 1980s: the needs are many, the technologies are numerous, the applications almost unlimited and the potential open-ended. Just as cosmetic materials and techniques brought aesthetic restorative dentistry into the hands of every practitioner, 3D printing promises to bring the functional and artistic control of the restorative process into the chairside setting.
UPPLANDS VÄSBY, Sweden: Parkell, a recognised global leader in dental materials and equipment manufacturing for over 70 years, has announced the opening of a new office in Sweden. This expansion supports the company’s growth strategy and increases Parkell’s ability to service current and future international markets.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Just recently, Dentsply Sirona has introduced a comprehensive restage of its implants business, which will now include three signature workflows to provide dental professionals with a novel way of practicing implantology. The company has also introduced new solutions from impression taking to final restoration, which are expected to exceed expectations in efficiency, accuracy, esthetics, longevity and simplicity.
KOBLACH, Austria: The key to a perfect restoration result is flawless model management. Amann Girrbach offers specifically developed and perfectly coordinated premium solutions for every single work step in the process chain—both for digital and classical workflows. These solutions enable working efficiently from model fabrication to analysis of the finished model in the articulator and prevent inaccuracies from occurring.
SÃO PAULO, Brazil: This year, the Brazilian division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) honored the chairman and former president of GC, Makoto Nakao, by naming its IADR Centennial Award in his honor.
HERNDON, Va., U.S.: Just last week, 3DISC announced the latest release of HeronClinic, including two main innovations to the Heron IOS scanning software: an all-new algorithm and a color-based validation tool. These new features provide a solution that is even easier to use, as well as reliable and accurate, elevating the scanning experience for dentists and patients alike.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Physically lying in a dentist’s office but mentally walking barefoot through a mountain river—that is how a patient successfully received a dental implant under self-hypnosis without any anaesthesia. The patient, who underwent such a procedure for the first time under these conditions, was very satisfied with the result and reported that he felt hardly any pain during the procedure.
The speed of the proliferation of new technologies is breathtaking. Although initially disruptive to our traditional practices, technologies can, and have, enhanced dentistry, improved health outcomes and attracted more fully engaged patients. Now, disruptions are being catalyzed by the intertwined technologies of smart sensors, telemedicine and artificial intelligence (AI).
SYDNEY, Australia: In Australia, body modification practitioners are allowed to provide tattooing and body piercing services as long as they are properly licensed. Removing third molars, however, remains strictly in the domain of dentists. Last week, a Sydney court was told that Brendan Leigh Russell, a body modifier and tattoo artist, planned to remove a client’s third molars after watching a series of YouTube videos on the topic and only relented when a colleague advised him against it.
COLOGNE, Germany: From 22 to 25 September, the 2021 International Dental Show (IDS), held six months later than usual owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, offered the dental industry and dental professionals the opportunity to experience products live and, above all, to socialise with one another in person. This IDS was the first to be held in a hybrid format, so that visitors who were unable to travel owing to restrictions were still able to participate digitally.
BASEL, Switzerland: Straumann fully launched its TLX implant system at the International Team for Implantology (ITI) World Symposium 202ONE, which is the largest global symposium dedicated to implant dentistry. In addition, the company announced the eight winners of its SmileAward, a new award which was created in cooperation with Zerodonto and which will be presented annually in the future.
OKAYAMA, Japan: Since periodontitis has been linked to systemic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, research is continually being conducted to better understand its causes. To this end, a new study out of Japan has interrogated the associations between genetic polymorphisms—the most common type of human genetic variation—oral microbiome statuses, and the development of periodontal disease.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Clear aligner manufacturer SmileDirectClub (SDC) has recently announced that it is planning to launch its orthodontic products in France by the end of 2021. This will be the company’s seventh entry into the European market. At its Paris SmileShop, the first one to open in France, SDC will be introducing its premium clear aligners, a telehealth platform and an award-winning tooth whitening system.
HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: It is strong, pre-shaded like natural teeth, and reliable; it is KATANA Zirconia HTML, the strongest member of the KATANA multilayered zirconia series. Now, with the new KATANA Zirconia HTML PLUS, Kuraray Noritake Dental has carefully optimised this product to further improve its optical properties and to harmonise sintering schedules with the rest of the KATANA Zirconia family.
COLOGNE, Germany: Since the beginning of the pandemic, Osstem Implant has been waiting with anticipation for the return of IDS. At the company’s stand—the single largest booth at the trade fair—visitors can explore its newest implant as well as attend live lectures.
As a specialist, I have seen a significant portion of my patients present after endodontic treatment has failed or was abandoned mid-treatment owing to an unforeseen complication. Throughout my career, I have experienced my fair share of my own failed treatments, and I have witnessed the distress these situations can cause my colleagues. I certainly know they have caused me many a sleepless night.
COLOGNE, Germany: Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Axel Bernecker, head of marketing at VOCO, to find out which new products and developments are being presented at the company’s booth for visitors to IDS to discover. VOCO’s extensive booth (N010–O019 & N020–O021) is located in Hall 10.2.
Milestone Scientific offers basically one single product in the dental field: the STA Single Tooth Anesthesia System. The instrument replaces a syringe for administering anaesthesia and thereby enables dental clinics to promote themselves as syringe-free, which can increase patient volumes and loyalty.
3D printing has been a major topic at IDS 2021. Based in Budapest in Hungary, VOXELTEK develops and manufactures technology for dental laboratories and offers them an easy introduction to implementing a digital workflow and a quick return on investment. Dental Tribune International spoke with László Diósi, global sales manager at VOXELTEK, and Tamás Liszkai, the company’s product development manager, to find out more.
LOS ANGELES, U.S.: SprintRay, a 3D printer manufacturer that focuses on digital dentistry, has recently launched a campaign that aims to help protect smiles from damage caused by stress-related parafunctional and physiological issues, including bruxism and tooth fractures. As the need for occlusal splints continues to rise, the company believes that dental practices should acquire an in-office 3D printer for quickly and efficiently producing low-cost, high-quality occlusal appliances and subsequently increasing not only practice profitability but also access to occlusal care.
LOS ANGELES, U.S.: Technological advancements in dentistry are like a motor force that drives innovation and growth. This is true for digital dentistry. Digital technology continues to advance dentistry, and although not everyone has embraced this technological evolution, most dental professionals would agree that going digital is the way forward. For one thing, the benefits of 3D printing in dentistry are plentiful. It allows dental professionals to stay up to date and is more cost-efficient compared with analog methods. There are constant software updates, frequent launches of new dental materials and rapidly evolving applications in dentistry.