GLATTFELDEN, Switzerland: On 16 and 17 June, COLTENE invited close to 100 dental experts from all over Europe to Zurich in Switzerland for a two-day seminar to discuss the latest developments and approaches in the field of restorative dentistry and endodontics. Within the scope of COLTENE’s current Upgrade Dentistry competence campaign, restoration and materials experts and European endodontists come together to search for the practice solutions of the future.
BRISBANE, Australia: South East Asia is a key region for understanding the human dispersal out of Africa and down to Australia. It is a common consensus that all hominins would have had to pass through the region en route to the island continent. According to recent fossil teeth findings by researchers from the University of Queensland in Brisbane and Macquarie University in Sydney, this migration towards Australia may have occurred 20,000 years earlier than previously thought.
SEOUL, South Korea: Breath pattern recognition was once thought of as a futuristic diagnostic platform. Research in this area has been gaining much attention because breath analysis is a non-invasive and low-cost method. Among the most critical challenges in this regard is the development of sufficiently sensitive sensors. Korean scientists have now developed high-sensitivity sensors to enable early monitoring of various diseases based on biomarker gases in breath.
NEWTOWN, Australia: In a new study carried out by researchers at the George Institute for Global Health, it was found that a significant amount of sugar is added to foods. Owing to a decline in the oral health of Australians, dentists have called on food manufacturers to state on their packaging the amount of sugar added to the products, according to the Australian Dental Association.
COLOGNE, Germany: Biolux Research and inviSolution have announced a new seminar for orthodontists seeking professional training and who would like to acquire continuing education credits. The event will be held in Cologne on 6 September. Based on clinical studies, the seminar will look at the advantages and clinical results of a combined orthodontic therapy, using light-activated and -accelerated treatments as a complement to aligners.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: The Oral Reconstruction (OR) Foundation has announced that the 2018 Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium will take place from 26 to 28 April in Rotterdam. Under the theme “The future of the art of implant dentistry”, the symposium will offer participants an outlook on implant dentistry and related fields, along with sessions dedicated to digital workflow and ceramic implants.
ZURICH, Switzerland: A new systematic review and meta-analysis has provided evidence confirming the efficacy of Nobel Biocare implants with the TiUnite implant surface. The study, by Prof. Matthias Karl of Saarland University in Germany and Prof. Tomas Albrektsson of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, analysed patient results from 106 peer-reviewed publications on prospective clinical studies assessing TiUnite surface implants.
PEMBROKE, Ontario, Canada: Dental hygienist Patricia Blundon is the developer of a mirror that clips on to a saliva ejector to aid dental hygienists, therapists and assistants in treating patients. In response to growing demand for the Dental Hygiene Clip Mirror, she has introduced the device to the U.S. market and plans to expand her business globally. Dental Tribune Online spoke with Blundon, who has 30 years’ experience and graduated from the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ottawa, Ontario, to learn more about the mirror.
In restorative dentistry, the fabrication of a quality post and core build-up often has a high degree of difficulty and technique sensitivity. Pairing the brand-new CLEARFIL Universal Bond Quick with the reliable CLEARFIL DC CORE PLUS, Kuraray Noritake Dental’s new CLEARFIL core build-up kit ensures that post and core build-ups can be performed in a stress-free and streamlined manner with as few components as possible.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Dental Tribune International (DTI) has added a new licence partner to its global publishing network. Together with Tokyo-based company Medical Net, the DTI publishing group will now also be providing dental professionals with the latest news in Japanese. The first issue of the new edition is set to be published in October.
SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) has been awarded the first Association of the Year Award presented by Associations Forum, a body committed to assisting non-profit associations and charities in governance, operations, membership and finances. According to the panel, ADIA has distinguished itself by achieving all-round excellence.
SANTIAGO, Chile: Saliva has always been understood to aid in healing, and in a new study examining why wounds in the mouth tend to heal faster and better than wounds elsewhere on the body, researchers may have found the answer. Examining the effects of salivary peptide histatin-1 on angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), which is critical to the efficiency of wound healing, they found that histatin-1 promotes angiogenesis and cell adhesion and migration.
SEATTLE, U.S.: Amazon is not just a seller of books, bikes and electronic goods. It recently began distributing medical consumables too and now stocks catheters, infusion pumps, intravenous bags, infusion tubing and other disposables—not to mention wheelchairs, crutches and glucose monitors, to name only a few. However, the recent wide presence by the e-commerce Juggernaut at pharmaceutical trade shows indicates its intention to move into one of the largest and most profitable industries in the world today.
August 9, 2017
The US market for dental materials is experiencing remarkable changes, mainly due to demand for patient comfort and improved productivity. The need to improve patient comfort during dental procedures has demanded pricier products, encouraging market value growth. On the other hand, increasing productivity has been at the forefront of innovative delivery systems and CAD/CAM technology. Unlike the waste-saving measures provided by efficient delivery systems, CAD/CAM technology is creating a consistent downward pressure on the dental material market. As digitisation cannibalises the temporisation and impression materials segments, the growth potential of dental materials is threatened. As a result, the competitive landscape is being reordered to accommodate the growth areas of the overall dental materials market, although the leading competitors in the market tend to maintain their dominant positions.
JENA, Germany: Funded by the German Research Foundation, psychologists from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany, along with colleagues from Trier University in Germany, have released their initial results on a study looking into what happens to the human brain when hypnotised. Used to help people with a range of issues, such as quitting smoking, improving sleep and even undergoing dental treatment, hypnosis was once thought of as a standard practice in medicine.
HEIDELBERG, Germany: When a patient requires orthodontic treatment, it is common practice to capture the dental malposition with a radiograph. Scientists from the Heidelberg University Hospital have now published a study in which an alternative treatment plan without radiation exposure was investigated. The study showed that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology can provide accurate images of craniofacial structures.
SYDNEY, Australia: Research conducted by the University of Sydney has found chewing and biting to be the cause of adult teeth breaking through the gums rather than an innate, unknown force. The researchers used CT scan images of an eight-year-old child’s mandible to design a 3-D model that could be used to observe the forces produced by the jaw when biting and chewing. The aim of the research was to show the stress dispersion within the jaw as a person bites and chews.
HONG KONG: For the first time ever, Asia played host to an Osteology Research Academy Course. Held from 3–6 June in Hong Kong, the Core Module Course received enthusiastic feedback from participants and presenters alike, the Osteology Foundation stated.
BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: New study findings indicate that postmenopausal women with a history of periodontal disease are more prone to develop cancer. Examining data from 65,869 women between the ages of 54 and 86, women who had reported a diagnosis of periodontal disease had a 14 per cent higher risk of developing any type of cancer.
SANTIAGO, Chile: After receiving an increase in requests for dental treatments for children with disabilities, the Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile, decided to introduce animal-assisted therapy into their practice. Dental Tribune Online spoke with Dr. Andrea Ormeño, Director of the Care of Patients with Disability Diploma at the Faculty of Dentistry, to learn how this new treatment method, which adopts the service of specially trained dogs, is helping to improve the dental hygiene of some of their younger patients.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Patients with dementia tend to abandon regular dental check-ups, the results of a large-scale longitudinal study have revealed.
August 1, 2017
SHANGHAI, China: University of Michigan School of Dentistry has topped the ShanghaiRanking’s list of the world’s best Dentistry and Oral Sciences programmes in their Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Released last week, the annual list ranks universities according to 52 academic subjects in the following five categories: medical sciences (which includes dentistry and oral sciences), natural sciences, engineering, life sciences and social sciences.
August 1, 2017
BRUSSELS, Belgium: The inaugural European Gum Health Day, held on 12 May, has been hailed as a great step forward in public health education by its organisers, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). With 27 international EFP-affiliated periodontal societies participating in a wide array of informative activities, the initiative aimed to raise public awareness about the importance of maintaining periodontal health.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: Researchers have identified a rare genetic syndrome that is characterized by intellectual disability, seizures, an abnormal gait and regocnizable recognizable facial features. Scientists have pinpointed variants in the WDR26 gene as a possible cause for this distinctive, yet unnamed condition.
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: As all phases of fetal development, palate growth is a marvel of nature. In one part of the process, ledges of tissue on the sides of the face grow downwards on both sides of the tongue, then upwards, fusing at the midline at the top of the mouth. The majority of the time, this process is completed correctly. However, a part of the process goes awry for around 2,650 babies born in the United States each year with cleft palates and for the thousands more worldwide that are also born with the defect.
SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore (NUS) has formally opened its new Additive Manufacturing Centre, AM.NUS.