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BIOLASE and DCA plan to expand laser adoption in dental offices

January 15, 2021 | Business

IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: The dental laser innovator BIOLASE has announced an agreement with Dental Care Alliance (DCA), one of the largest dental support organizations in the U.S. with more than 330 affiliated practices in 20 states. With this joint effort, they aim to expand laser adoption and hands-on training programs in targeted geographical areas.

Californian dentists allowed to join COVID-19 vaccination effort

January 12, 2021 | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif., U.S.: As a result of the Californian Dental Association’s (CDA) endeavors, dentists have been authorized to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in order to accelerate its dissemination. Dentists will be able to vaccinate people aged 16 and older after completion of a special training course.

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Dentsply Sirona acquires clear aligner company Byte

January 8, 2021 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C./LOS ANGELES, U.S.: Dentsply Sirona and Byte, a rapidly growing clear aligner company, have announced that Dentsply Sirona has acquired Byte in an all-cash deal for $1.04 billion. Byte holds a leading position in the rapidly growing direct-to-consumer dentist-supervised clear aligner market.

“Particularly unsafe” for COVID-19 patients—Sunstar Americas recalls mouthwash

January 7, 2021 | News

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., U.S.: At the end of December, Sunstar Americas voluntarily recalled one of its mouthwashes. The company is a member of the Sunstar Group, a global company headquartered in Switzerland and a leader in the oral care industry. It gave bacterial contamination as the reason for the withdrawal.

Five steps to practicing pain-free dentistry

January 7, 2021 | News

PORTLAND, Ore., U.S.: Research shows that 75% of dental professionals complain of musculoskeletal pain, and now the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to the problem by causing additional stress and physical exertion. Dr. Bethany Valachi, author of Practice Dentistry Pain-Free: Evidence-based Strategies to Prevent Pain and Extend Your Career and clinical instructor of ergonomics at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, will hold a live webinar on Jan. 13 to provide an overview of her five-step system that aims to take the pain out of dental practice.

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What is the future of telehealth in dentistry?

January 6, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the vast majority of dental practices around the world have been partially or completely shut down at times, and routine dental check-ups have been postponed as a result. Whereas some practices have reopened to offer in-person treatment—albeit with enhanced personal protective equipment measures—others have modified their services to offer teledentistry.

Researchers gain new insight into mineralization of tooth enamel

January 4, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: Hydroxyapatite is an important component of hard tissue. Tooth enamel, for example, has the highest concentration of the mineral. Since dysfunctional hydroxyapatite mineralization may lead to medical problems such as dental caries, understanding the mineralization pathway of hydroxyapatite has been of great interest. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have now reported new findings on the nucleation and growth of hydroxyapatite that they hope will help in developing new medical treatments for healing bone and dental cavities.

First fluoride-containing bioglass toothpaste cleared for sale in the U.S.

December 24, 2020 | News

SILVER SPRING, Md., U.S./LONDON, U.K.: BioMin Technologies has announced that its BioMin Restore Plus toothpaste has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for relief of dentine hypersensitivity. The toothpaste is available only on prescription from registered U.S. dental clinicians and is based on BioMin F, a patented bioactive glass complex developed in the laboratories of Queen Mary University of London in the U.K. Dr.Collins, the U.S. license holder, anticipates that the product will become available in the country in spring 2021.

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Interview: “Both patients and clinicians realize the great value of SureSmile”

December 24, 2020 | Interviews

As a clear aligner system that requires little to no refinement leveraging, SureSmile was a much-discussed topic at Dentsply Sirona’s recent DS World virtual conference. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Terri Dolan, vice president and chief clinical officer at Dentsply Sirona, about the company’s move to increase manufacturing capacities for the system and the reasons behind it.

Artificial intelligence technology powers award-winning clinical research

December 23, 2020 | News

TORONTO, Ontario, CANADA: Dentists can expect to do better than ever before in catching undiagnosed or overlooked conditions and identifying pathologies, thanks to radiographic analysis available from Denti.AI, according to new clinical research disclosed by the company.

AAE Statement: Don’t put endodontic care on hold

December 21, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: In a recent statement, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) announced that it is strong in its stance that, amid a potential COVID-19 resurgence and reversion in many areas to tightened restrictions, teeth can and should continue to be saved by endodontists.

Interview: “Digital connectivity is changing how we work and learn”

December 15, 2020 | News

Having had more than three decades of experience in the international healthcare industry, Donald M. Casey is better qualified than anyone to guide Dentsply Sirona through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s CEO recently spoke with Dental Tribune International about the success of this year’s virtual DS World and how the nature of product demonstrations has changed in 2020.

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What will dental events look like in 2021?

December 7, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: It is hard to overstate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on dental trade fairs in 2020. From March onwards, essentially all dental events were shifted online, postponed or outright cancelled, effectively devastating an important and profitable sector of the industry. Though the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to climb by hundreds of thousands with each passing day, there are a number of bright spots on the horizon, leading us to ask what dental events will look like in 2021 and beyond.

Business acquisition: Young buys Preat

December 3, 2020 | Business

ALGONQUIN, Ill., U.S.: Young Innovations, a global portfolio company that supplies a wide range of dental products, has recently announced the acquisition of Preat Corp., a leading provider of dental implant components, attachments and tools. Since the early 2000s, Young has grown through a series of acquisitions in a variety of dental segments. It has acquired seven organizations to date.

Toothpaste and mouthwash found effective in neutralizing SARS-CoV-2

December 3, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Recent laboratory studies have shown that toothpastes containing zinc or stannous fluoride and mouthwash formulas with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) can effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2. The studies are part of a Colgate-Palmolive research program in which scientists are assessing the efficacy of oral care products in reducing the amount of SARS-CoV-2 in the mouths of people who have COVID-19 and potentially slowing down the spread of the virus.

Calcified canals: A new approach to an old problem

December 1, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: We, as dentists, have developed outstanding new technology in order to fashion beautiful smiles. The option to retain the natural dentition or replace it with implants opens limitless possibilities. As an endodontist, however, my mission is to preserve functioning teeth when possible. In the process, I focus on integrating the patient’s needs with technology. Today, advances in dentistry provide us with new choices when confronting the challenges of the past. Calcified canals are considered by many to be one of those challenges.

NYU Dentistry to increase access to dental implants for patients in need thanks to Straumann

November 30, 2020 | Advertorial

NEW YORK, U.S.: The New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has received funding and in-kind support from Straumann Group North America, a global leader in tooth replacement and orthodontic solutions, in order to make dental implants more accessible for patients in need and to foster and enhance student education at NYU Dentistry.

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.

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