HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: It is both a blessing and a curse that different zirconia materials are used depending on the indication—a blessing because it allows dental technicians to achieve the best possible outcomes in every situation, but a curse because this approach requires extensive inventory and the making of many decisions. For those who prefer to take a more efficient route without compromising outcomes, KATANA Zirconia YML is the new go-to solution. With its strong core and translucent outer layer, this new generation of multilayered zirconia offers the properties needed for a broad indication range and easily obtainable aesthetics.
SHANGHAI, China: Given that SARS-CoV-2 originated in China, it is understandable that the nation’s emergency dental care providers have experienced an immense psychological burden since the virus was first discovered. A study of these workers has sought to better understand the exact way in which they have been affected by these experiences. The results of the study have confirmed the need for psychological support services during such difficult times.
Electro Medical Systems (EMS) is a leading manufacturer of precision medical devices for dental prophylaxis. Recently, Dr Ernst Wühr was appointed the general manager of the Swiss company. Throughout his almost 20-year career in the dental business, he has gained profound expertise in the European and Asian dental markets. In this short interview, Wühr talks about his new role as EMS emerges from the pandemic-induced crisis.
NEW YORK, U.S.: As the saying goes, the sky is the limit. This is true for the scientists conducting the first oral health experiment in space to investigate the growth and response of oral bacteria to treatment agents in zero gravity. The project, which is being sponsored by the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory and conducted in collaboration with NASA and Colgate-Palmolive, will last two months and is partly aimed at improving oral health treatment on the ground.
GREIFSWALD, Germany: Periodontitis has been associated with a risk for Alzheimer’s disease in previous studies. The long-term Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP) has been researching the influence of dental diseases on people’s general health since 1997 and has found that inflammatory gingival recession owing to periodontitis increases the risk of myocardial infarction and dementia, among other things. Now, in a recent study, researchers from the University of Greifswald have confirmed the previous findings regarding a connection with Alzheimer’s disease.
The European digital dentistry market, which includes CAD/CAM systems, CAD/CAM materials and dental 3D printers, is projected to experience double-digit growth reaching over €1.4 billion ($ 1.7 billion) by 2027, as digital technologies have begun to revolutionise the European dental prosthetics market reaching into the foreseeable future. This will be driven by strong market growth in the intra-oral scanner and dental 3D printing space.
Dr Max Andrup, a 2010 graduate of Umeå University, currently runs a private practice in the city of Hudiksvall in Sweden, where he maintains a passion for restorative dentistry with a biomimetic approach. In this interview, he discusses the future of restorative dentistry and explains why he relies on Kuraray Noritake Dental’s products for his daily workflow.
GENEVA, Switzerland: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) management of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far has brought its fair share of criticism—including from many stakeholders in the dental industry. In some welcome news, the 74th session of WHO’s World Health Assembly has approved a resolution on oral health that asks WHO to, among other things, create a global strategy and an action plan for combating non-communicable oral diseases within the next two years.
SHANGHAI, China: Many readers may not have heard of Angelalign Technology, the largest clear aligner manufacturer in mainland China. The company shares most of the letters in its name with its largest competitor, US-based Align Technology, and the two companies also share the bulk of Chinese clear aligner sales. Angelalign stepped out of relative obscurity and into the international spotlight in June when it offered nearly 17 million shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
June 10, 2021 | Education
In an upcoming webinar specifically aimed at dental students, Dr Edgard El Chaar will review Straumann’s entire biomaterial portfolio. El Chaar, a former director of the advanced education program and former clinical associate professor at New York University in the US, will provide product overviews, discuss benefits and explain where and when to use which biomaterial. Prior to his presentation, he gave Dental Tribune International a brief outline of his webinar and gave some advice for dental students during the challenging times of SARS-CoV-2.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Amid the global pandemic, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) decided to defer the EuroPerio10 congress, which had originally been planned to take place this month. On 5 June, the EFP launched a series of online scientific sessions that will be held over the next months to bridge the gap until the next in-person event in 2022. Overall, almost 4,000 people from over 110 countries worldwide have registered for the series to date.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dental giant Dentsply Sirona has acquired the assets of U.S.-based Propel Orthodontics. Propel develops and manufactures orthodontic devices and sells them around the world, and Dentsply Sirona says that the acquired assets will strengthen its position in the fast-growing clear aligner market.
June 9, 2021 | News
BIRMINGHAM, UK: To fill a research gap, researchers have recently examined whether dental professionals are, in fact, at an increased risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace, as has often been hypothesised. They found that close contact with patients put dental professionals at a higher risk of developing COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic and that a large number of dental professionals had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in their blood.
June 8, 2021 | Business
LONDON, UK: Clear aligner provider Align Technology has recently announced that the Invisalign system has cracked the ten million mark. The clear aligners are used to treat adults, adolescents and children from the age of six. According to the company, out of the ten million patients, 2.6 million are teenage patients.
LOMA LINDA, Calif., U.S.: Airborne respiratory droplets are one of the main modes of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and the common use of aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) in dental clinics has necessitated the study of preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the associated risk. To this end, researchers from Loma Linda University compared the effectiveness of dental evacuation systems and found that a combination of devices resulted in the greatest reduction in microbial aerosols.
HELSINKI, Finland: Dr Janos Vág became a dentist out of necessity, but he would have preferred to have become a computer science engineer. However, when it was time to choose his educational path in 1989, there were few opportunities for engineers. His father, a dentist, suggested that he could make use of his scientific and technical interests in dentistry as well, so Vág decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.
SOFIA, Bulgaria: Launched in 2008, Smile of the Year recognises achievements in dentistry and dental technology every year. Initially targeted at Bulgarian dental professionals, the contest has evolved into an international format since 2020 and is now open to participants from all over the world. This year’s award ceremony, during which the winners will be announced, will take place on 11 June in Sofia. The event will be streamed live.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S./COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Dentsply Sirona announced recently that it has entered into a partnership with 3Shape, a Danish developer and manufacturer of 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions. The first step of this partnership focuses on a facilitated collaboration for better access between 3Shape’s intraoral scanner TRIOS and Dentsply Sirona’s SureSmile Aligners.
June 4, 2021 | Business
WELLS, UK: Despite an incredibly challenging year for businesses all over the world, the UK-based subsidiary of the Swedish oral hygiene brand TePe was able to achieve tenth place in the small business category on the 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces list, recently published by Great Place to Work UK. This makes TePe one of 183 UK-based organisations recognised by its employees as having fostered a healthy workplace culture through trust, pride and camaraderie during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
CHICAGO, U.S.: Since the beginning of the pandemic, dentistry has been deemed unsafe as dental professionals run a high risk of SARS-CoV-2 spread through aerosol contamination during dental procedures. Nevertheless, no confirmed COVID-19 cases among patients receiving dental care have been reported to date. Adding to a growing body of evidence that challenges the initial perception, a recent study highlighted that dental professionals in the U.S. have successfully adopted the recommended infection control practices and continue to show an extremely low prevalence of the disease.
LUCERNE, Switzerland: G-CEM ONE is the newest self-adhesive resin cement from GC that simplifies procedures and brings together high bond strength, effortless clean-up and long-lasting aesthetics. In a series of laboratory tests measuring G-CEM ONE’s bond strength, DENTAL ADVISOR has reported that the self-adhesive cement “performed as well or better than competitive materials tested in the self-adhesive mode” and that, when used in conjunction with GC’s Adhesive Enhancing Primer (AEP), “bond strength to enamel and dentine was highest among the tested groups”.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: In May, direct-to-consumer orthodontics company SmileDirectClub (SDC) was the victim of a substantial cyberattack. Numerous parts of SDC’s business were affected, including treatment planning, manufacturing and product delivery, and the company has since downsized its revenue forecast for the second quarter of this year by $10 million to $15 million (€8 million to €12 million).
NEW YORK, U.S.: Dental bone grafting has become an important and common step in the dental implant procedure. Advancements in allograft, xenograft and synthetic bone graft materials have positioned them as suitable alternatives to traditional autologous bone grafts, and this has created a thriving market for dental biomaterials. Although demand declined significantly in 2020 owing to the rippling economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected to recover quickly alongside the overall demand for dental implants.
June 2, 2021 | News
OSLO, Norway/HELSINKI, Finland: Stainless steel crowns are recommended for restorative treatment in young patients with teeth severely affected by caries, fractures or dental developmental disorders. However, despite these recommendations and clinical evidence, stainless steel crowns are not widely used by general dentists, who favour extraction and more conventional restorations. To shed light on the topic, researchers from the Oral Health Centre of Expertise in Eastern Norway in Oslo, the Nordic Institute of Dental Materials in Oslo and the University of Helsinki have investigated the views and use of stainless steel crowns among Norwegian and Finnish dentists.
June 1, 2021 | News
LONDON, UK: Seeking to show the commitment of the dental profession to fight discrimination and bias in dentistry, the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group (DDAG) has recently published a report on equality, diversity and inclusion in dentistry. The report urges those in the profession to listen to those whose voices have been under-represented and to take collaborative action to make dentistry more inclusive.
May 31, 2021 | News
The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has always stirred up both intrigue and intimidation; the fear of the unknown is strong, but with the rise of today’s technology AI is no longer just a topic for discussion—it’s already here. Algorithms, mathematical calculations, computerised data collection methods and an enormous amount of reproducible data are the basis of machine learning, a category of AI that is helping to improve areas of dental care in ways once unimaginable.