MELVILLE, N.Y., U.S.: This is truly the golden age of endodontics. Advancements in technology, metallurgy and manufacturing techniques have enabled the creation of revolutionary instruments that allow endodontists to have improved control and more precision than ever before when performing root canal therapy.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: On 17–18 March, dental teams will have the opportunity to experience the future of dental care—a future that is already here. Organised by the company behind award-winning digital solutions such as the 3Shape TRIOS intra-oral scanner, the 3Shape Navigate virtual event will offer an ideal peer-to-peer learning opportunity for dentists who are considering an intra-oral scanner. According to 3Shape CEO Jakob Just-Bomholt, the two-day event will help dentists to make informed choices about the adoption and integration of intra-oral scanners and digital workflows in the dental clinic.
BRISBANE, Australia: In Australia, considerable oral health disparities exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Health reports indicate that Indigenous Australians, particularly those in remote communities, are much more likely to have multiple caries and untreated dental disease owing to factors such as poor access to dental clinics, cost and lack of awareness. However, a new study out of Queensland has suggested that simple interventions in treating dental caries could have significant benefits for Indigenous children.
WASHINGTON, U.S.: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is amending an emergency declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to authorize additional providers, including dentists and dental students, to vaccinate patients for COVID-19 nationwide, according to a March 11 announcement in the Federal Register.
CHICAGO, U.S.: As no studies have reported on the SARS-CoV-2-associated experiences of dental hygienists in the U.S., the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) together conducted a survey to investigate infection prevalence, infection prevention and control procedures, and associated trends in mental health. They found that the infection rate among dental hygienists was lower than in nondental health care workers, but higher than in the general U.S. population. A significant number of respondents reported elevated anxiety and depression.
March 11, 2021 | News
If you ask a dental patient to which member of the dental team we should give our thanks, many of them would say to dentists and dental nurses. What do you think is the correct answer? I assume we all agree that dentists cannot provide an appropriate healthcare service without their team. Members of the dental team who are registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) are clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental nurses, dental technicians, dental therapists, dentists and orthodontic therapists. Unfortunately, it seems to me that some members of this team have not been treated equally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, I want to talk about dental technicians as an integral part of the dental team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.