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Interview: “You cannot push people into digital dentistry”

April 21, 2021 | Interviews

It is safe to say that Prof. Markus Blatz has dedicated his life to the furthering of clinical and theoretical knowledge in order to advance dentistry. His passion for the dental profession is unmistakable and can be seen in his numerous degrees, professional awards and academic publications, among other achievements. In his current role, Blatz serves as chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences and assistant dean for digital innovation and professional development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, U.S., where he founded the Penn Dental Medicine CAD/CAM Ceramic Center and is leading the Digital Innovation Initiative. In this interview, he discusses all things digital dentistry, including the CAD/CAM workflow, 3D printing and the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

Interview: The Smart Integration Award honors the innovative spirit of women in dentistry

April 20, 2021 | Interviews

Dentsply Sirona is committed to empowering women in dentistry. Its Smart Integration Award, being presented for the second time, celebrates visionary treatment concepts and ideas for the future submitted by female dental experts. The application phase for this year’s competition has already started. In this interview, Susanne Schmidinger, director of global brand marketing enabling devices at Dentsply Sirona Digital Solutions Marketing, speaks about the significance of the award, what is new this year and how dental professionals can enter.

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Three ways dental clinics can manage pandemic fatigue and prevent staff burnout

April 20, 2021 | Advertorial

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., U.S.: The past year has been an exhausting one for medical professionals, including dental practice owners, those working in urgent care facilities and specialists. The entire medical community has greatly suffered. As a result, many owners and workers have experienced pandemic fatigue, which encompasses the exhaustion people have collectively felt owing to COVID-19 restrictions and the frustrations resulting from obstructions in social activities, school, work and everyday life.

Pandemic causing increase in stress-related oral health conditions

April 19, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: A survey by the American Dental Association (ADA) has found that more patients have developed bruxism as a result of stress during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and that there is a general increase in stress-related oral health conditions. According to the association’s chief science officer, the trend means that routine dental check-ups have never been more important.

3DISC releases HeronClinic 3.2 digital dentistry software

April 16, 2021 | Advertorial

HERNDON, Va., U.S.: This week, 3DISC announced the release of the newest version of HeronClinic, the case management and scanning software for the company’s flagship intraoral scanning solution, the Heron IOS. HeronClinic 3.2 introduces new features and major enhancements to the intuitive software, providing reliable and accurate results and improving the overall scanning experience for both dental professionals and patients.

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HHS launches portal for potential vaccinators

April 14, 2021 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: As vaccine supply continues to increase in the coming weeks and all adults across the United States become eligible for vaccination, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched an online portal to help dental providers navigate the training and registration they will need to complete in order to become a part of the expanded COVID-19 vaccine workforce.

The mouth and SARS-CoV-2: Evidence of infected cells suggests key role in infection, transmission

April 13, 2021 | News

BETHESDA, Md., U.S.: COVID-19 can cause a number of symptoms in the oral cavity, such as lesions, ulcerations and a loss of taste, and yet the role of the mouth in SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission is poorly understood. A study by an international team of scientists has found evidence that the virus infects cells in the mouth. This finding, the researchers say, shows that the oral cavity could play an important role in SARS-CoV-2 infection and underscores the need for adequate prevention measures in dental settings.

Study finds new evidence that periodontal disease is linked to Alzheimer’s disease

April 12, 2021 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Older adults with more harmful than healthy bacteria in their periodontal tissue are more likely to have evidence for amyloid beta— a key biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease—in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), according to new research from NYU College of Dentistry and Weill Cornell Medicine. However, this imbalance in oral bacteria was not associated with another Alzheimer’s biomarker called tau.

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One step closer to fighting periodontitis: New dental gel reduces periodontal symptoms

April 12, 2021 | News

BIRMINGHAM, Ala./IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: Researchers from different U.S. universities have collaborated to investigate a novel dental gel, produced by Livionex Pharma, a company based in Los Gatos in California. The findings of their study demonstrated that the product significantly reduced gingival bleeding, gingival inflammation and the depths of periodontal pockets in patients with periodontitis.

Capitalizing on digitization with the right strategy

April 9, 2021 | Advertorial

Digitization can bring dental technicians and dentists closer together. How new opportunities arising from this interdisciplinary approach can be used best is the topic of Amann Girrbach’s AG.Live CON virtual congress, which will be held from April 20–24.

Nobel Biocare releases new membrane line developed from synthetic technology

April 9, 2021 | Advertorial

ZURICH, Switzerland: Dental implantology leader Nobel Biocare has expanded its portfolio of regenerative products with the launch of creos syntoprotect, a new line of dense PTFE membranes. According to the company, the expansion will allow creos—its regenerative solutions brand—to make a decisive movement towards meeting the ever-changing needs of dental professionals.

Have your say in DTI’s global reader survey

April 8, 2021 | News

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Interview: “Oral healthcare is a right, and not a luxury”

April 7, 2021 | News

Though the importance of oral health for systemic health is well established, providing access to affordable preventive dental services continues to be an issue in countries across the world. To learn more about this topic, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Fernando Neves Hugo, associate professor of dental public health at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul’s Faculty of Dental Sciences in Brazil. Hugo is also the co-author of a recent article discussing the role of dentistry in global health policy.

Canada invests in Septodont’s pharma division to combat COVID-19

April 6, 2021 | Business

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario, Canada: Septodont, a global pharmaceutical and medical device company specializing in dental pain management, has announced that its Canada-based pharma division, Novocol Pharma, will receive funding of over C$32 million from the Canadian government. The investment is part of a countrywide initiative to advance vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 on a national level.

Interview: “There are obvious advantages to leveraging the skills of a robotic system”

March 29, 2021 | News

As digital technologies become increasingly enmeshed in the everyday workflow of dental practices, dental education is changing to reflect their growing influence. One example of this is the recent announcement by the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) that it would be implementing Yomi, a robot-assisted surgical device developed by the health care startup Neocis, into its dental implant procedures. Dental Tribune International recently spoke with Dr. Alon Mozes, CEO and co-founder of Neocis, about the path toward Yomi’s creation and the benefits this system offers both dental students and practicing clinicians.

Study offers new insights into dental caries development and prevention

March 24, 2021 | News

HONG KONG, China/BERKELEY, Calif., US: A study led by researchers in China has recently examined the impact of the oral microbiota on overall health. The researchers found that a novel microbial small molecule released by Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium commonly found in the human oral cavity, is linked to dental caries development. With its new insights, the study could help scientists undertaking new research to find a way to prevent dental caries.

Yomi provides educational opportunity for dental students

March 22, 2021 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third U.S. dental school to acquire, install and use devices for robot-assisted dental implant surgeries. The Yomi devices are expected to enhance clinical practice.

Stars and social media influencers are turning clicks into clear aligner cases

March 19, 2021 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Clear aligner therapy continues to grow in popularity. Before it was introduced, malocclusion in teenagers was typically treated using fixed appliances. The adolescents and teenagers of today are opting for a more discreet option, but there is little discretion being shown by the pop icons and social media influencers that are helping to turn clear aligners into the latest self-care trend. This article offers a glance at some of the most famous smiles fitted with transparent trays.

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