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SmileDirectClub praises growing acceptance of teleorthodontics

March 10, 2021 | Americas | Business | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Orthodontics disruptor SmileDirectClub (SDC) reported small declines in revenue and clear aligner case numbers for the fourth quarter of last year. The company’s chairman and CEO, David Katzman, outlined SDC’s continued global expansion, however, and said that consumers and dentists had shown increased acceptance of its direct-to-consumer tooth straightening business model during the pandemic.

FDI World Dental Congress 2021 will be held online

March 10, 2021 | Asia Pacific | Events

SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Dental Association and FDI have announced that they will present a completely virtual special edition of the World Dental Congress (WDC) from 26 to 29 September. Owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the congress has been moved fully online for the first time.

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ADX Melbourne to be held as in-person event

March 9, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: In Australia, a lack of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases has meant that many elements of life have regained some semblance of normality. A case in point is the upcoming ADX Melbourne, the 2021 iteration of Australia’s largest dental exhibition, which will feature both a virtual component and a physical symposium for dental professionals who can make it to Melbourne in person.

Researchers and dentists join forces to increase durability of dental fillings

March 9, 2021 | Europe | News

BERLIN/POTSDAM, Germany: Even though dentistry has come a long way, the majority of dental restorations do not last owing to the demineralisation of the fillings by the oral biofilm and other reasons. Researchers and dental professionals from institutions in Potsdam and Berlin are involved in a research project that aims at making dental fillings and tooth restorations more durable in the future.

EuroPerio10: Dates for world’s leading periodontics and implant dentistry congress announced

March 8, 2021 | Europe | Events

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has announced that the tenth edition of its triennial congress, EuroPerio, will be held from 15 to 18 June 2022 at the Bella Center Copenhagen in Denmark. In light of the progression of the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and in order to facilitate a successful meeting, the EFP had decided to postpone the event by one year in autumn last year already.

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“The BOB-App generates more recalls because it changes the nature of the appointment”

March 5, 2021 | Europe | Advertorial

Although most oral diseases originate interdentally, the majority of patients stick to cleaning the tooth surfaces only. Jagoda Weihönig, a dental hygienist and iTOP lecturer based in Cracow in Poland, has been using the BOB-App to motivate patients to brush interdentally daily and to come back for regular recalls. With a mouth map and a simple inflammation score for each patient, the BOB-App helps practices to document the oral health of their patients easily and motivates patients to improve their scores with each visit.

Dental giants inch towards recovery

March 4, 2021 | Europe | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has already proved to be the greatest challenge that dental manufacturers have faced. The oral health giants Dentsply Sirona, Henry Schein and Envista Holdings all showed strong signs of recovery in their fourth-quarter results for 2020. It seems that the Straumann Group is not the only major market competitor to have seen growth in dental sales return late last year.

Henry Schein presents view on the future of dentistry

March 4, 2021 | Americas | Business

MELVILLE, N.Y., U.S.: During the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, which took place online for the first time this year, Henry Schein virtually hosted a global media event on Feb. 25. At its Managing Through Crisis for a Stronger Tomorrow press conference, the company’s leadership presented key lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a look into the future as dentistry emerges from this world crisis.

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Leipzig venue ready to host dental events

March 4, 2021 | Europe | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: In-person dental events have not taken place during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and the industry is eager to resume this kind of interaction between manufacturers, dealers and dental teams. Located in the heart of the German city of Leipzig, one venue has raised its hand to host dental events of the future.

DirectaDentalGroup acquires ContacEZ and Sendoline

March 3, 2021 | Europe | Business

HELSINGBORG, Sweden: The Swedish manufacturer of dental consumables Directa has announced the acquisition of the US-based manufacturer ContacEZ and the Scandinavian endodontic business Sendoline.

COVID-19 and dental education: Will dental schools admit new students in 2021?

March 3, 2021 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Since the COVID-19 pandemic has severely restricted access to clinical practice, students around the world have been adversely affected by the far-reaching consequences the pandemic has had on dental education. To make the most of the current situation, numerous schools have instituted video and virtual platforms in order to familiarise students with standard clinical procedures. However, the knowledge gained through online learning is limited, and some students are now being asked to repeat the 2020–2021 academic year in order to complete the necessary clinical training. To this end, some dental schools have announced that they will not be admitting new students in 2021.

3Shape Navigate: Improving communication with digital dentistry

March 2, 2021 | Americas | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Among the myriad benefits offered by digital dentistry is an improved ability to communicate, share files and collaborate with partnering dental laboratories. Dr Zuber Bagasi, the founder and CEO of Synergy Dental Group, will showcase these advantages and more at the upcoming 3Shape Navigate. This free online event will feature a wealth of stimulating talks designed to put dental professionals on the path towards workflow digitalisation, and Dental Tribune International caught up with Bagasi ahead of his presentation.

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Business interruption insurance: Will dentists be covered for lockdown-related losses?

March 2, 2021 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: At this point, it has become clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced dental patient numbers. It follows naturally from this, then, that the financial performance of many dental practices has likewise taken a hit. A common method of protecting one’s business against certain disruptions—business interruption (BI) insurance—has now become a point of focus in courts across the world, as its validity is being assessed in the context of these difficult times.

“We are not selling implants”—rethinking immediate dental implant loading

March 1, 2021 | Education

Immediate loading is increasingly being offered as a routine method in dental implant surgery. However, according to Dr Mauro Labanca, it should be handled with more caution, as research has demonstrated that its success rates do not always match those of traditional methods. In an upcoming free webinar on 10 March, he will explain how to ensure qualitative care while applying scientifically proven tools which enable clinicians to obtain objective data on implant stability that is comparable over time.

Moving away from animal testing in dentistry

March 1, 2021 | Americas | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Using animal models in dental research, especially in periodontal and peri-implant research for testing the performance of dental implants, yields numerous benefits and helps push advances in the field. However, dental professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the disadvantages of animal testing, including questions regarding their ethicality and the applicability of the results to humans. Consequently, the dental scientific community has put a great deal of effort into improving the quality of animal research in dentistry and into developing alternative methods that do not involve animal cruelty—a subject that has been a matter of substantial controversy in dental research.

Study recommends aspirating system with HEPA filter for dental practices

February 26, 2021 | Europe | News

YEKATERINBURG, Russia: Aside from personal protective equipment (PPE), high-volume aspirators are recommended in dental clinics during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In a recent study, researchers from the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (UB of RAS) in Yekaterinburg compared different types of aspirating systems and found that factors such as filters and operating mode affected the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 among dental teams.

Growth in dental sales returned to all regions in late 2020—Straumann Group

February 25, 2021 | Europe | News

BASEL, Switzerland: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic caused the global dental market to contract in 2020, squeezing the margins of dental practices and manufacturers. According to the Straumann Group, the global dental market was worth some CHF 23 billion (€21 billion) last year—down from an estimated CHF 27–29 billion in 2019. The company said in its annual report, however, that all regions had returned to growth in the fourth quarter of 2020, led by the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

Interview: “Being president of CDS is an honor and privilege”

February 25, 2021 | Americas | Interviews

Like in every year, in 2021, the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Midwinter Meeting, one of the largest dental exhibitions in North America, will welcome thousands of attendees and invite them to learn about the latest advancements in dental technology. However, owing to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, this year’s event will take place in an online format for the first time in its 156-year history. In the run-up to the event, Dental Tribune International had the opportunity to speak with this year’s president of the CDS, Dr. Dean Nicholas, better known as Dr. Dino. In this interview, he talks about his passion for the dental profession and discusses some of the challenges and opportunities of organizing the society’s first virtual meeting.

“Behavioural change is the main pillar of the future dental practice”

February 24, 2021 | Europe | Advertorial

Ensuring patients maintain good treatment results and practise good oral hygiene at home is easier said than done. Changing such habits for the better is a long-term process, and on top of that, no two patients are the same. According to Dr Mário Rui Araújo—a dental hygienist, doctor of health psychology and director of the dental hygiene programme at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre in Portugal—dental hygienists will play an ever more important role in the dental practice of the future. Their position is key to instilling positive behavioural change in patients, and setting them up for a lifetime of oral health as a result.

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Twitter vs science: How users access scientific information in tweets

February 24, 2021 | Europe | News

LEIDEN, Netherlands/DALIAN, China: When it comes to social media platforms, Twitter has certainly established itself as a well-known brand since its launch in 2006. The micro-blog website is popular among political and cultural figures, for example, as well as scientists and researchers, who use the platform to share their work. A new study suggests that an understanding of how Twitter users click science can lead to improved engagement with science in social media contexts.

TePe establishes regional support office in Asia

February 23, 2021 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial

SINGAPORE: Reinforcing its presence in Asia, TePe has recently announced that it will be opening an office in central Singapore in March 2021. The establishment of a new branch is planned in order to enhance the company’s brand image and increase health awareness in the region.

Interview on the impact of
SARS-CoV-2 on dental implantology

February 23, 2021 | Interviews

The ongoing pandemic has had a great impact on many fields in dentistry, including routine procedures and the way in which dental education is delivered. In order to find out more about the extent to which the field of implant dentistry has been affected, Dental Tribune International contacted Prof. Maher Almasri, dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry at Ulster University in Birmingham in the UK, and Prof. Curd Bollen, head of implant dentistry at the same institution. In this interview, they discuss how implant dentistry can best be adapted to the current situation.

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Saliva testing for SARS-CoV-2 takes off

February 22, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers in India have found that scientific literature supports salivary diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 infection as an alternative to sampling techniques that involve throat and nasopharyngeal swabs (NPSs). Salivary diagnostic testing has been trialled in numerous initiatives around the world—including recently at Auckland Airport in New Zealand—and healthcare workers at government hospitals in Malaysia will soon begin testing for SARS-CoV-2 using saliva samples.

Amann Girrbach presents attractive gateways to the future at virtual congress

February 22, 2021 | Americas | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Austria: Digitisation holds lucrative opportunities for the future of the dental industry. During its innovative AG.Live CON virtual congress that will take place from 20 to 24 April, Amann Girrbach will be showcasing how these opportunities can be easily exploited. Renowned dental technicians and clinicians will meet with the leading minds in research to explore avenues to advanced digitisation.

Henry Schein named one of World’s Most Admired Companies

February 19, 2021 | Americas | Business

NEW YORK, U.S.: Henry Schein has announced that it features on the FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies list for 2021. This marks the 20th consecutive year of recognition for the company.

3D-printed indirect bonding tray resin aims to halve orthodontic chair time

February 18, 2021 | Americas | News

SOMERVILLE, Mass., U.S.: Formlabs has launched a new indirect bonding tray (IBT) resin that it says will bring the benefits of 3D printing to orthodontic practices by streamlining workflows and drastically reducing patient chair time. The company’s dental product manager, Sam Wainwright, says that the IBT resin provides an attractive alternative to traditional methods of placing brackets.

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