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Patents and patience: The rise of the SmileShop

September 18, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: A patent granted to orthodontics disrupter SmileDirectClub (SDC) in April ensures that no other company can duplicate its clear aligner retail concept for 18 years—a period around three times longer than the 2014-founded company has existed for. The granting of the patent might have gone unnoticed by many, but not by its competitors, including one-time partner Align Technology.

Optimism prevails at Baird Global Healthcare Conference

September 17, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: On Sept. 9 and 10, Baird Equity Research held its annual Global Healthcare Conference. Traditionally hosted in New York, the invite-only congress was conducted virtually this year owing to the ongoing pandemic. Attendees were able to engage with presentations by representatives of more than 90 of the world’s leading health care and dental companies, who were on hand to showcase their respective plans for navigating a path to profit in a post-COVID-19 landscape.

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SARS-CoV-2 as invisible threat: Mitigating aerosols in dental clinics

September 17, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists have been provided with strict infection prevention and control guidelines. These include ensuring the appropriate amount of personal protective equipment, reviewing sterilization and disinfection protocols, and allowing a fallow period between dental visits. However, since the aforementioned measures do not completely protect staff and patients from the inhalation of aerosols in dental settings, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC Dentistry) have engineered a novel method for aerosol mitigation that could be implemented in dental clinics worldwide.

2020 Greater New York Dental Meeting to be a virtual event

September 11, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S: The 2020 Greater New York Dental Meeting — scheduled for Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 — will be a virtual event, meeting organizers announced in an email sent recently to exhibitors.

Study highlights benefits of in-house 3D printing for immediate dental implant placement

September 4, 2020 | News

FORT WORTH, Texas, U.S.: Owing to the growing popularity of point-of-care 3D printing and the subsequent creation of 3D-printing laboratories, a recent study aimed to compare the benefits of printing dental prostheses for fibula and implant reconstructions in-house with those of using traditional techniques that involve outsourcing to dental laboratories. The researchers found that in-house printing offers considerable benefits, such as reducing the waiting period before surgery, but that it requires an initial investment in 3D-printing equipment.

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Preventing and treating cancer therapy complications—“Dental professionals must always be alert”

September 2, 2020 | Advertorial | Interviews

Cancer treatment, by definition, is highly cytotoxic: radiotherapy and chemotherapy cause death of or damage to cells of the oral cavity, and the side effects vary from patient to patient. In a free webinar on Friday, 4 September, researcher and dental surgeon Dr Juliana Schussel, who is also an adjunct professor in the graduate dentistry programme at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba in Brazil, will be teaching dental professionals how to prevent and treat cancer complications before, during and after treatment. A special focus will be placed on oral mucositis, as well as medication- and radiation-related osteonecrosis of the jaws.

International College of Dentists launches online education initiative

September 2, 2020 | Education

FLINT, Mich., U.S.: “One team, one dream” is the motto of Dr. Akira Senda, president of the International College of Dentists (ICD). As the world has faced a challenging year owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Senda’s motto has resonated with ICD fellows worldwide, encouraging them to overcome the crisis and serve humankind together. In response to the pandemic, ICD has started an educational platform in order to connect with ICD fellows digitally.

International Endodontic Journal appoints new associate editor

August 31, 2020 | News

HOBOKEN, N.J., U.S.: Because the International Endodontic Journal (IEJ) has had a tremendous increase in submissions of systematic reviews and meta‐analyses in recent years, it was decided to bring onboard a new associate editor to assume responsibility for this type of manuscript. Malaysian researcher Dr. Venkateshbabu Nagendrababu was appointed to the position this month.

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2021 Midwinter Meeting is going virtual

August 27, 2020 | Events

CHICAGO, U.S.: The Chicago Dental Society announced in an email today (Aug. 27, 2020) that the 2021 edition of its annual meeting will be conducted entirely online. “In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and after thoughtful deliberations, the Chicago Dental Society Board of Directors has decided that the 2021 Midwinter Meeting ‘Heart of Dentistry’ will be a virtual event,” meeting organizers announced.

Robotic surgery improves health outcomes in oropharyngeal cancer patients

August 27, 2020 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: Owing to its considerable benefits, including being minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery is gaining increasing recognition in many medical fields, including dentistry. In 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the first robotic device for dental surgery, and the device is commercially available in the country. Now, new research has shown that robotic surgery may improve survival rates in early-stage oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma patients.

“We’ve had minor issues lead to missed time”—Dr Andrew Sarowitz on treating professional athletes

August 26, 2020 | Advertorial

Periodontal disease, acute trauma, ill-fitting mouth guards—these are just a few examples of problems that could compromise athletic performance. As a result, sports teams in most countries have realized the need for specialized dental care, and dentists are increasingly being regarded as essential members of the sports medical team. New York-based dentist Dr Andrew Sarowitz is in charge of the dental health of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) Brooklyn Nets basketball team and works with mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.

Clear aligner treatment models jostle for acceptance in the pandemic

August 21, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The benefits of aligner therapy for patients are clear, but the different treatment models that manufacturers offer have already shown various advantages and disadvantages during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Orthodontists around the world have embraced digital workflows since March, but one of the largest manufacturers has experienced significant growth in new case starts that begin with at-home impression kits and not with digital scans undertaken in dental clinics.

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Dentsply Sirona World 2020 goes local and global

August 20, 2020 | Events

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dentsply Sirona has recently announced that its event Dentsply Sirona World 2020 will be transformed into localized in-person and globally available virtual events this fall. The new formats will offer expanded opportunities for earning continuing education credits and feature speakers in dentistry presenting engaging educational sessions across 12 unique tracks. The in-person program, originally scheduled for Oct. 1–3 in Las Vegas, will be postponed to a later date.

WHO calls for delay of all non-urgent dental care

August 19, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that dental settings may pose an even greater risk for the spread of SARS-CoV-2 than was previously thought, owing to the spread of the virus through airborne microparticles. It said that routine dental check-ups should be delayed in order to protect dental patients and staff; however, dental associations disagree.

Lego inspires researchers to build individually adaptable bricks for tissue repair

August 18, 2020 | News

PORTLAND, Ore., U.S.: Biomaterial scaffolds have served as the foundation of tissue engineering; however, they are often difficult to scale in size or shape in order to fit defect‐specific dimensions. Researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland have now developed small 3D-printed bricks that serve as scaffolding for hard and soft tissue. They believe that this technology could be used for bone augmentation before dental implantation.

SignIn Online: App assists with contactless patient registration

August 14, 2020 | News

THE COLONY, Texas, U.S.: The reopening of dental offices around the world under the conditions of the new normal poses many questions for practice owners, such as how to ensure that only healthy patients come in for appointments. The answer may be an app called SignIn Online, which allows the remote screening of patients for COVID-19-related symptoms.

Periodontitis may double chances of cognitive decline, study says

August 14, 2020 | News

MINNEAPOLIS, U.S.: Scientists have frequently linked some forms of periodontal disease with other inflammatory diseases, and now a new study has suggested that poor oral health may also have an impact on brain function. The findings showed that periodontal disease, especially in its more advanced stage, could increase the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and dementia later in life.

ADA responds to World Health Organization: Dentistry is essential healthcare

August 12, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: In a news release issued today (Aug. 12, 2020) the American Dental Association (ADA) said that it “respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s recommendation to delay ‘routine’ dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19.”

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