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Interview: “It all starts with the right dentine bonding agent”

June 11, 2021 | Advertorial

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.

Consolidation ramps up as Dentsply Sirona acquires assets of Propel Orthodontics

June 9, 2021 | Business | News

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.

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Combine evacuation systems to better reduce aerosols in dental clinics—study

June 8, 2021 | News

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.

Dentsply Sirona and 3Shape announce strategic partnership

June 4, 2021 | Business

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.

Online patient case demonstration: The ease and speed of in-office workflow with exocad

June 4, 2021 | Advertorial

SÃO PAULO, Brazil/DARMSTADT, Germany: Exocad, an Align Technology company and a leading provider of dental CAD software, has announced its participation in a guided surgery patient case demonstration for dentists and implant surgeons in Brazil. The event, which takes place virtually on June 23, 2021, will showcase a fully digital and seamless in-office workflow.

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COVID-19 misconceptions: Disease prevalence among US dentists remains low

June 3, 2021 | News

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.

Cyberattack could cost SmileDirectClub $15 million

June 2, 2021 | Business | News

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).

Top three trends influencing U.S. dental bone grafting industry in 2021

June 2, 2021 | Business

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.

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Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in dental offices very unlikely, study says

May 28, 2021 | News

COLUMBUS, Ohio, U.S.: Researchers worldwide investigate COVID-19, and every week, new information about the illness is discovered or confirmed. A recent study from the Ohio State University has shown yet again that a SARS-CoV-2 infection risk at the dentist’s office is low, despite the tenacious misconception that patients and treatment providers are at high risk of catching COVID-19 at the dentist’s office.

Dental biofilm of symptomatic COVID‐19 patients harbours SARS‐CoV‐2

May 27, 2021 | News

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil: Since SARS-CoV-2 has been found in different sites in the human body, researchers have recently sought to examine the presence of the virus in the dental biofilm of symptomatic patients who had tested positive for COVID-19. They reported that some patients who had tested positive in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal samples also presented SARS-CoV-2 in the supragingival biofilm sample. The findings suggest that dental biofilm may play an important role in COVID-19 transmission as it may harbour SARS-CoV-2 in symptomatic patients.

Study: Artificial intelligence may help predict implant treatment outcomes

May 25, 2021 | News

ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: As dental implants become an increasingly common treatment modality for edentulous patients, understanding their potential side effects grows ever more important. An American research team has thus developed a novel machine learning algorithm that could help dental practitioners better predict the risk of their implant patients developing periimplantitis.

Interview: “Attempting to make my own shield seemed like a productive use of time”

May 12, 2021 | Interviews

The pandemic has caused professional and private challenges. However, some people managed to use this downtime to stimulate their creativity and to test their entrepreneurial skills. One of these people is Dr. Scott Yamaoka, who devoted his time and energy to creating a face shield that would protect his dental team and patients from SARS-CoV-2 infection in the workplace. In this interview, he and his son, Zach Yamaoka, tell Dental Tribune International how they turned their idea into a product—the next generation optical face shield that allows dentists to comfortably fit magnification loupes with fiber optic lighting.

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Dentsply Sirona partners with FDI World Dental Federation on sustainability

May 10, 2021 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S./GENEVA, Switzerland: As a global industry leader, Dentsply Sirona recognizes its responsibility to the environment and is focused on ways to become a more sustainable business through investment and innovation. In this spirit, the company is pleased to announce its participation as a founding partner in FDI World Dental Federation’s Sustainability in Dentistry initiative.

Asymptomatic pediatric dental patients as potential SARS-CoV-2 carriers

May 6, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: In a recent study, researchers have examined the prevalence of COVID-19 in pediatric dentistry by testing children during their visit at the pediatric dentist’s office. The study reported that, although all the children who took part in the study were asymptomatic, some of them tested positive after undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. This suggests that testing pediatric dental patients could help better identify potential SARS-CoV-2 carriers and subsequently reduce transmission rates.

Interview: The world’s first eco-friendly electric flosser

April 29, 2021 | Interviews

Flaüs is the name that the Los Angeles-based company GoFlaus came up with for its revolutionary product: the world’s first eco-friendly electric flosser. The device makes flossing as quick and easy as brushing teeth. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Samantha Coxe, CEO and co-founder of GoFlaus, explained where the idea for Flaüs came from, what sustainability means to the dental industry in this day and age, and why marketing oral health care products does not have to be all so somber.

The ICD receives its largest donation in history from Henry Schein Cares

April 28, 2021 | News

FLINT, Mich., U.S.: The International College of Dentists (ICD) Global Visionary Fund (GVF) has received $3.6 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein. The college is facilitating the disbursement of PPE to charitable projects and humanitarian missions around the world. The gloves, face shields, hand sanitizers, isolation gowns, thermometers and coveralls are essential materials that will allow oral health care to be safely delivered to underserved and struggling individuals and communities.

3Shape Automate: Redefine your approach to digital design

April 27, 2021 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Given its emphasis on research and development, 3Shape has always been focused on delivering innovative market-leading technological solutions to dental professionals. In keeping with this aim, the company has now launched 3Shape Automate, the world’s first digital dental design platform to be exclusively powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

U.S. dentistry suffering from racial disparities

April 23, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The U.S. dental workforce is diversifying but is still not representative of the racial and ethnic demographics of the wider population. According to new research by the Health Policy Institute (HPI), Hispanic and Black Americans are significantly underrepresented in the dental profession, and Asian and white Americans hold a disproportionate share of dental jobs. These disparities are also evident in dental education and in reported cost barriers to oral care.

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