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Dentsply Sirona sets new standards in digital dental events

November 26, 2020 | Education | News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: DS World typically takes place in Las Vegas, but was held virtually this year owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. More than 4,500 dental professionals from over 25 countries attended the event, and the company said that its success showed that the dental business and continuing dental education are thriving even amid the greatest health crisis of the modern era.

ITC finds no violation of Align Technology patents by 3Shape

November 25, 2020 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: Another court case in the drawn-out patent battle between Align Technology and 3Shape has come to a close. A notice of final determination issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) found that there was no Section 337 violation and that, while 3Shape had infringed upon certain Align patent claims, those claims were found to be invalid. Furthermore, of the two Align patents that were found to be valid, the ITC determined that neither had been infringed by 3Shape.

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U.S. presidential election: What does it mean for dentistry?

November 19, 2020 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: On Nov. 3, the 59th U.S. presidential election was held. Owing to a record number of mail-in ballots and extremely tight contests in swing states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, it was several days before The Associated Press declared Joe Biden to be victorious in succeeding the incumbent Republican president, Donald Trump. Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 next year, and it is time to ask what effect a Biden presidency could have on American dentistry.

A-dec joins Mercy Ships in first reveal of Global Mercy hospital ship

November 16, 2020 | Advertorial

NEWBERG, Ore., U.S.: Family-owned dental equipment manufacturer A-dec has proudly joined Mercy Ships in announcing a first look at the construction of the world’s largest nongovernmental organization hospital ship. Mercy Ships is a faith-based global organization powered by charitable donors and volunteers. The new ship, named the Global Mercy, is scheduled to sail to Africa in late 2021.

Georgio Haddad: How 3D printing has transformed dental care

November 12, 2020 | Education | News

Dentistry has come a long way since the first introduction of digital technology. In an upcoming webinar on Nov. 18, Georgio Haddad, an intrapreneur who is in charge of the development of dental strategic partnerships and initiatives at Formlabs, will talk about the adoption of 3D printing in the dental practice. Prior to his online presentation, Haddad discussed the various applications of 3D printing in dentistry, reflected on how 3D printing has reshaped the dental industry and weighed the risks associated with embracing the technology.

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Study shows concerning levels of dental patient aggression

November 9, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: When it comes to dealing with behavioral issues among dental patients, the most common obstacle that practitioners seek to overcome is patient anxiety. A new study out of the U.S., however, has suggested that levels of patient aggression toward dentists may be a greater problem than previously thought, signaling an addition to the myriad problems that dental professionals face when providing treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ADA supports point-of-care COVID-19 testing by dentists

November 6, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: According to a new policy from the American Dental Association, point-of-care testing to screen patients for chronic diseases and other medical conditions, including COVID-19, that could complicate dental care or put the patient and dental staff at risk is within a dentist’s scope of practice. “Yet currently, rapid and reliable COVID-19 tests are not available to dentists for in-office use, which makes no sense,” states ADA President Dr. Daniel Klemmedson.

Pent-up demand helps Align Technology top pre-COVID-19 sales

November 6, 2020 | Business | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: Half a million cases of clear aligners sounds like a considerable number—and indeed it is. It appeared that Align Technology had shrugged off the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic when the company revealed that Invisalign sales for the third quarter had nearly eclipsed the half-million mark. This was a substantial increase on the comparable pre-COVID-19 quarter last year. According to President and CEO Joseph M. Hogan, the increase was driven by pent-up demand for orthodontic care and by the availability of unused disposable income.

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Dental students worried about lacking clinical skills

November 5, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Many dental students returning for the winter semester in the northern hemisphere have had little or no clinical practice since the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak began in earnest in March. Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with dental students and young key opinion leaders from around the world and found that students are concerned about their professional development and possible changes in the dental industry.

FDA changes stance on dental amalgam

November 3, 2020 | News

WHITE OAK, Md., U.S.: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its guidance for the use of dental amalgam in tooth restorations. The agency said in September that the use of dental amalgam should be avoided whenever possible in certain groups, such as in pregnant women, women who are planning to become pregnant, in children and in people with certain preexisting neurological diseases.

Intelligent simplification with the new CLEARFIL MAJESTY ES-2 Universal

November 2, 2020 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: Time has always been limited in dental offices, and COVID-19 sanitisation requirements have led to even greater constraints in this regard. The streamlining of procedures is a logical strategy for reducing chair time; however, this workflow optimisation must still be able to ensure a high treatment standard and aesthetic outcomes.

BIOLASE reports revenue rebound

October 29, 2020 | Business | News

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., U.S.: Medical device company BIOLASE expects that its U.S. sales revenue for the third quarter of 2020 will be in line with that of the corresponding pre-COVID-19 period last year. The company’s sales fell sharply in the first half of this year, but its preliminary earnings announcement will bring a degree of optimism as a host of major dental companies prepare to release their third quarter earnings reports in the coming weeks.

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Align versus 3Shape: A patent battle for the ages

October 26, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: For the American legal teams of both Align Technology and 3Shape, 19 October was an exceptionally busy day. While Align dropped a patent infringement case against 3Shape in the US District Court for the District of Delaware, it brought forward an almost identical case in the District Court for the Western District of Texas, alleging that 3Shape had infringed upon seven of its patents. The cases are the latest examples of the two dental companies clashing on the intellectual property front, a fight that seems unlikely to abate any time soon.

Less than 1% of dentists in the U.S. affected by COVID-19, study finds

October 21, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: Since SARS-CoV-2 is an airborne virus and very easily spreads through aerosols, dentists were believed to be at a high infection risk at the beginning of the pandemic. However, according to an American Dental Association Science & Research Institute (ADASRI) and Health Policy Institute (HPI) study, fewer than 1% of dentists nationwide were estimated to be COVID-19 positive as of June.

Interview: “Thanks to this app, patients take ownership of their bodies”

October 20, 2020 | Interviews | News

Getting patients to brush interdentally can be an arduous task, but the BOB-App does exactly that. BOB stands for “bleeding on brushing”, which is the motivation app’s crucial parameter. The BOB-Score tells patients their overall inflammation level, and a mouth map shows them exactly which size of interdental brush to use at home for each interdental space. As a result, patients are motivated to reduce their inflammation scores before the next follow-up. Argentine dentist and periodontist Dr Matias Fontanetto uses the BOB-App in order to motivate his patients to turn interdental brushing into a daily habit.

KATANA Zirconia: The science behind superior product properties

October 20, 2020 | Advertorial

Users of dental zirconia are really spoilt for choice these days. Countless manufacturers offer zirconia materials that differ in their mechanical and optical properties and indication range. What is not apparent at first sight is that the available products also differ with respect to the quality of the CAD/CAM blanks offered. Blank quality is highly dependent on the quality of the raw materials and is affected by different aspects during raw material processing, pressing and pre-sintering. This has a huge impact on the surface quality, edge stability, fit and processing requirements of milled restorations.

Dentsply Sirona delivers smart workflows to make work flow in implant dentistry

October 16, 2020 | Advertorial

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S./BENSHEIM, Germany: After a series of groundbreaking product and solution launches, Dentsply Sirona’s sights are now set on creating the best possible workflow solutions for implant dentistry professionals. The idea is to identify customer-unique solutions that enable high-quality treatment while saving time and effort. As the recent launches of Azento, Astra Tech Implant EV and Acuris have shown, the company intends to remain an innovative leader in implant dentistry.

Convicted hoverboard-riding dentist will serve 12 years in jail

October 15, 2020 | News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, U.S.: Videos of an Alaskan dentist treating a patient while riding a hoverboard went viral during an investigation of his practice last year. He has now been convicted on 46 separate felony and misdemeanor counts. As a result, he has been sentenced to serve 20 years in jail with eight years suspended, according to a statement by Alaska’s Department of Law.

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