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25 Feb 2020, 04:00 PM EST (New York)
Fumihiko Kimura DDS
In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Sunday, Feb. 9, Dr. Edward Tam will be speaking about advanced implant prosthetics. Well established and respected in the dental world in both Hong Kong and the U.K., Tam will be bringing a range of new ideas and insights to share with participants.
SYDNEY, Australia: Though recent bouts of rain have brought some much-needed relief to areas of Australia battered by bush-fires in the past few months, dozens of fires still continue to burn across the states of New South Wales and Victoria. To help with recovery efforts in those areas that have been affected, numerous members of the Australian dental community have come together to offer financial aid and other services.
LONDON, UK/WASHINGTON, US: Dental Protection, the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, has recently surveyed the well-being of dentists in the UK and reported increased levels of burn-out in the profession. Since burn-out may affect the dentist’s behaviour, diminish the quality of work and affect those around him or her, Dental Protection called for dental organisations to establish a corresponding role in which a trained professional would recognise burn-out and offer the necessary support and to include well-being as one of the key performance indicators for dental practices.
WASHINGTON, U.S.: Though it can be stressful at times, a career in the dental industry is often highly sought after owing to the relatively high wages and attractive working hours. It comes as little surprise therefore that an American media company’s recent ranking of professions placed dentist at No. 2 and orthodontist close behind in fourth place.
BALTIMORE, U.S: Scientists investigating the potential health effects of vaping on the human pulmonary system have reported that inhaling vapor from electronic cigarettes was linked to increased odds of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), conditions known to be caused by smoking traditional cigarettes. Additionally, both smoking and vaping were found to increase the odds of developing COPD sixfold compared with people who refrained from using any tobacco products.
DUNEDIN, New Zealand: The need for communication between healthcare professionals has been highlighted in a recent project. In what might be a world first, University of Otago pharmacy and dentistry students have collaborated within a clinic setting in order to improve their training and patient care.
BASEL, Switzerland: The Straumann Group is introducing two organisational changes to support the development of its fast-growing orthodontics and digital businesses and to drive digital transformation across the group. The size, scope, reach, complexity, potential and strategic importance of its orthodontics and digital businesses have increased to the extent that it is necessary to divide them into individual global business units to maintain clarity and focus. At the same time, information technology and data management (ITDM), which relate to almost every activity at the Straumann Group, have also increased in each of these respects.
DARMSTADT, Germany: Dental CAD/CAM software company exocad has announced that it has officially joined BSA | The Software Alliance, the world’s leading compliance and enforcement organisation. By becoming a BSA member, exocad has taken an important step to proactively pursue those who violate the company’s intellectual property rights. Any party who creates, sells or purchases unauthorised exocad software will be held legally responsible and prosecuted.
DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Many of the issues around oral health in New Zealand are related to the cost of care. People at the lower end of the socio-economic scale are often worst affected, and for this reason, University of Otago dental student Jamie Marra and Gore-based dentist Dr Haneen Alaynan organised a free community dental clinic to help patients get their oral health back on track.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., U.S.: During Harvard University’s recent Worldwide Week, researchers at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) drew the participants’ attention to the correlation between environmental health and oral health through the lens of health equity. The team believes that dentistry has a profound impact on our planet’s environmental health, which, in turn, affects oral health. Therefore, it is crucial to correctly manage dental waste.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Last year, 3Shape filed a patent infringement suit against Medit Corp., a South Korean company that specialises in 3D measurement and CAD/CAM solutions for dental clinics and laboratories. Now, 3Shape has announced that it has obtained a favourable first instance decision from the internationally highly esteemed Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, according to which the use of Medit’s intra-oral scanner, Medit i500, is now illegal in Germany.
HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: No matter how clean and sterile your dental practice is, contamination during the try-in stage of prosthetic restorations is pretty much guaranteed. Saliva, blood, gingival fluid and even dental plaque can contaminate the bonding surfaces, leading to poorer adhesion of restorations when cemented.
Achieving success with modern dental ceramics depends on a number of factors, among them the physical properties of the materials and the fabrication and clinical procedures that damage them and the oral environment. In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 29, Dr. Miona Jovanovic will be speaking about modern ceramic restorations and the most efficient bonding protocols for them.
SEOUL, South Korea: Dental implants are a key treatment for tooth loss, but can cause a variety of complications. One such complication is osteonecrosis, which can result from patients taking medications such as bisphosphonates for bone disease. Current treatments for osteonecrosis are not always effective. However, researchers from Yonsei University College of Dentistry in Seoul have reported their successful treatment of a patient using a new regimen.
BALTIMORE, U.S.: Researchers have recently developed an experimental vaccine that protects up to 80% of mice against Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive bacterium often found in the upper respiratory tract and on the skin. S. aureus has been proved to account for a third of the deadly hospital-acquired infections in patients who have just undergone a surgical procedure, including dental surgery.
LAS VEGAS, U.S.: According to a recently filed lawsuit, a 5-year-old girl has had her mouth set on fire while receiving routine dental treatment. As a result, her parents are now seeking more than $15,000 in damages, since some of her injuries may be “permanent and disabling” in their nature.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: SmileDirectClub has expanded into the dental retail market with a line of oral care products that are available from Walmart stores and the retailer’s website. In a statement, SmileDirectClub said that it is the first provider of clear aligner therapy to make oral care products available through mass retail channels and that it has extended its mission to providing affordable and safe oral care solutions.
CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) in December adopted an interim policy that calls for a total ban on all vaping products that are not approved for tobacco cessation purposes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Following the lead of the American Medical Association (AMA), the ADA has thrown its weight behind a de facto banning of the controversial product category because the FDA has not approved any vaping devices as prescription tobacco cessation medicines and is unlikely to do so in the near future.