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Interview: “Many patients look to us for guidance”

October 19, 2021 | Advertorial

A practicing dentist in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Uche Odiatu is also a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, boot camp instructor and the author of The Miracle of Health. In an upcoming webinar hosted by Curaden Academy, he will be discussing how physical activity, healthy eating and adequate rest can be extremely beneficial for dental patients’ ability to heal. Dr. Odiatu spoke with Dental Tribune International about the importance of educating patients on the links between oral and systemic health.

Interview: “Don’t play the blame game”

October 18, 2021 | Interviews

Dr Gary Glassman, an endodontist maintaining a private practice—Endodontic Specialists—in Toronto in Canada, provided Dental Tribune (DTI) with an editorial on misadventures in endodontics. DTI wanted to explore the topic further and spoke with Glassman about why it is so crucial that dental professionals share their failures with one another and how changing the way we view failure can advance professional development.

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The good, the bad and the unproven: Study examines consumer oral care tools

October 13, 2021 | News

BUFFALO, New York, U.S.: Does using an interdental brush help to prevent periodontal disease, and will taking dietary supplements or probiotics actually improve periodontal health? Researchers at University at Buffalo in New York have waded into the murky waters of consumer dental products with the aim of separating fact from fiction to help dental professionals and the public to identify best practices for the prevention of periodontal disease.

Dentists’ earnings slumped in 2020

October 7, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: New research from the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute (HPI) shows that the average net earnings of general practitioner (GP) dentists in the U.S. fell by 17.9% in 2020 compared with 2019. In a recent webinar, Dr. Marko Vujicic, chief economist and vice president at HPI, explained that the fall in net income had been significantly higher for women and older dentists.

DS World 2021: Latest innovations, product launches and partnership announcements

October 5, 2021 | News

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: From Sept. 23 to 25, dental professionals had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of dental technology and innovation, all thanks to this year’s Dentsply Sirona (DS) World, which took place in Las Vegas. As expected, the event attracted thousands of participants, both in person and online, and featured major announcements, product releases, informative continuing education sessions and innovative technologies.

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Dentsply Sirona announces comprehensive restage of its implant business

October 4, 2021 | News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Just recently, Dentsply Sirona has introduced a comprehensive restage of its implants business, which will now include three signature workflows to provide dental professionals with a novel way of practicing implantology. The company has also introduced new solutions from impression taking to final restoration, which are expected to exceed expectations in efficiency, accuracy, esthetics, longevity and simplicity.

Brazilian IADR Centennial Award named in honor of GC chairman Makoto Nakao

October 1, 2021 | Advertorial

SÃO PAULO, Brazil: This year, the Brazilian division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) honored the chairman and former president of GC, Makoto Nakao, by naming its IADR Centennial Award in his honor.

3DISC announces new software update

October 1, 2021 | Advertorial

HERNDON, Va., U.S.: Just last week, 3DISC announced the latest release of HeronClinic, including two main innovations to the Heron IOS scanning software: an all-new algorithm and a color-based validation tool. These new features provide a solution that is even easier to use, as well as reliable and accurate, elevating the scanning experience for dentists and patients alike.

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Disruptive technology—enhancing dentistry

September 30, 2021 | News

The speed of the proliferation of new technologies is breathtaking. Although initially disruptive to our traditional practices, technologies can, and have, enhanced dentistry, improved health outcomes and attracted more fully engaged patients. Now, disruptions are being catalyzed by the intertwined technologies of smart sensors, telemedicine and artificial intelligence (AI).

SmileDirectClub expands into France

September 27, 2021 | Advertorial

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Clear aligner manufacturer SmileDirectClub (SDC) has recently announced that it is planning to launch its orthodontic products in France by the end of 2021. This will be the company’s seventh entry into the European market. At its Paris SmileShop, the first one to open in France, SDC will be introducing its premium clear aligners, a telehealth platform and an award-winning tooth whitening system.

SprintRay launches Protect a Smile campaign

September 24, 2021 | Advertorial

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: SprintRay, a 3D printer manufacturer that focuses on digital dentistry, has recently launched a campaign that aims to help protect smiles from damage caused by stress-related parafunctional and physiological issues, including bruxism and tooth fractures. As the need for occlusal splints continues to rise, the company believes that dental practices should acquire an in-office 3D printer for quickly and efficiently producing low-cost, high-quality occlusal appliances and subsequently increasing not only practice profitability but also access to occlusal care.

3D printing in dentistry: Future-proof technology?

September 24, 2021 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: Technological advancements in dentistry are like a motor force that drives innovation and growth. This is true for digital dentistry. Digital technology continues to advance dentistry, and although not everyone has embraced this technological evolution, most dental professionals would agree that going digital is the way forward. For one thing, the benefits of 3D printing in dentistry are plentiful. It allows dental professionals to stay up to date and is more cost-efficient compared with analog methods. There are constant software updates, frequent launches of new dental materials and rapidly evolving applications in dentistry.

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Artificial intelligence will relieve stress for dentists

September 24, 2021 | Advertorial

“I hate the dentist” is an all-too-common refrain from patients. This is to be expected when, according to some studies, as many as 60% experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. Still, it is not a particularly rousing feeling to know that large swathes of the population live in fear of your laboriously trained hands.

How artificial intelligence is driving dental technology

September 23, 2021 | News

COLOGNE, Germany: The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) has accelerated in many industries in recent years, and dentistry is proving to be no exception. From initial consultations, diagnosis and treatment planning through to surgical procedures and postoperative care, AI technologies are steadily being adopted by dental practices aiming to digitise and streamline their workflows. Here, we will examine some of the current trends in this area and find out what role AI is likely to play in the future of dentistry.

Virtual kick-off symposium: A big welcome to KATANA Zirconia YML!

September 16, 2021 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: The inventor of multilayered zirconia technology, Kuraray Noritake Dental, has just introduced the latest evolution of dental zirconia—KATANA Zirconia YML (yttria multilayered). At a virtual symposium held on 3 July, four world-renowned experts reported on their first-hand experience with this highly versatile and welcome addition to the KATANA Zirconia family.

COVID-19 jab for oral health care workers: Protection against virus or condition of employment?

September 13, 2021 | News

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: Months into the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, it is clear that, although millions of vaccines doses have been administered and significant progress has been made in the fight against the virus, it will be impossible to get the whole world vaccinated, both because of limited access to vaccines in some countries and because not everyone accepts COVID-19 jabs, despite their availability. In light of vaccine hesitancy, some oral health care organizations are urging the government to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory in order to ensure the highest protection level for all workers and suggesting that the mandate should serve as a condition of employment.

COVID-19 surges among vaccinated health care workers

September 10, 2021 | News

SAN DIEGO, U.S.: Administrative data from University of California San Diego Health (UCSDH) shows that, between June and July, a rapid increase occurred in symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections in fully vaccinated health care workers. In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, UCSDH doctors said that the surge appeared to show the effects of waning immunity compounded by relaxed health measures and the spread of the more transmissible delta (B.1.617.2) variant in California.

Planmeca to acquire Envista’s KaVo treatment unit and instrument business

September 7, 2021 | Business

HELSINKI, Finland/BREA, Calif., US: As recently announced by Planmeca, one of the largest privately owned manufacturers in the dental field, has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the KaVo treatment unit and instrument business from Envista for up to US$455 million (€383 million), including a potential earn-out payment of up to US$30 million. The transaction is expected to close at the end of this year.

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