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Less than 1% of dentists in the U.S. affected by COVID-19, study finds

October 21, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: Since SARS-CoV-2 is an airborne virus and very easily spreads through aerosols, dentists were believed to be at a high infection risk at the beginning of the pandemic. However, according to an American Dental Association Science & Research Institute (ADASRI) and Health Policy Institute (HPI) study, fewer than 1% of dentists nationwide were estimated to be COVID-19 positive as of June.

KATANA Zirconia: The science behind superior product properties

October 20, 2020 | Advertorial

Users of dental zirconia are really spoilt for choice these days. Countless manufacturers offer zirconia materials that differ in their mechanical and optical properties and indication range. What is not apparent at first sight is that the available products also differ with respect to the quality of the CAD/CAM blanks offered. Blank quality is highly dependent on the quality of the raw materials and is affected by different aspects during raw material processing, pressing and pre-sintering. This has a huge impact on the surface quality, edge stability, fit and processing requirements of milled restorations.

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Dentsply Sirona delivers smart workflows to make work flow in implant dentistry

October 16, 2020 | Advertorial

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S./BENSHEIM, Germany: After a series of groundbreaking product and solution launches, Dentsply Sirona’s sights are now set on creating the best possible workflow solutions for implant dentistry professionals. The idea is to identify customer-unique solutions that enable high-quality treatment while saving time and effort. As the recent launches of Azento, Astra Tech Implant EV and Acuris have shown, the company intends to remain an innovative leader in implant dentistry.

Convicted hoverboard-riding dentist will serve 12 years in jail

October 15, 2020 | News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, U.S.: Videos of an Alaskan dentist treating a patient while riding a hoverboard went viral during an investigation of his practice last year. He has now been convicted on 46 separate felony and misdemeanor counts. As a result, he has been sentenced to serve 20 years in jail with eight years suspended, according to a statement by Alaska’s Department of Law.

Oral health programme for athletes proves successful for sporting performance

October 12, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: There are several reasons why athletes are more likely to have poor oral health. In addition to physical activity that causes a dry mouth, increasing the long-term risk of dental caries and gingivitis, regular sugar intake from energy supplements plays a role. Now, researchers at University College London (UCL) have designed a behavioural change programme for athletes and found that those who adopted simple oral health measures reported reduced negative effects on their performance.

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3DISC acquired, becomes 3DISC Dental Connect

October 9, 2020 | Advertorial

HERNDON, Va., U.S.: 3DISC, a provider of digital radiographic and 3D imaging and scanning technology for dental clinics, yesterday announced the acquisition of the company. With the support of private equity firm Galiena Capital, 3DISC will become part of the newly formed 3DISC Dental Connect. 3DISC is the developer of fully digital intraoral scanning technology.

Periodontal status may play role in COVID-19 severity

October 8, 2020 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: The link between periodontal disease and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease is, by now, well established in the scientific literature. A new review study has now suggested that untreated periodontal disease may be indirectly related to the intensity of COVID-19-related complications, highlighting the need for good oral health during these difficult times.

Digital orthodontics company raises funds for 3D-printed brackets

October 7, 2020 | Business | News

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., U.S.: LightForce Orthodontics is a digital dentistry platform that provides orthodontists with fully customized 3D-printed tooth-moving tools. Its customizable 3D brackets are the first of their kind on the market, and they are designed to reduce patient visits and treatment duration. The company launched LightForce this year, after five years of research and development, and has now raised $14 million (€12 million) in funding for the further development and commercialization of the system.

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Palliative care successful for endodontic emergencies during lockdown

October 5, 2020 | News

SAN ANTONIO, U.S.: During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, aerosol-generating procedures in dentistry have been restricted in order to comply with a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since dental professionals are at high risk of infection. But how can endodontic emergencies be managed without drilling? A study has investigated the topic and found that palliative care seems to be the answer.

Journal of Endodontics publishes proceedings of pulp biology and regeneration symposium

September 21, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Association of Endodontists announced that the Journal of Endodontics (JOE) has published “Proceedings of the Pulp Biology and Regeneration Group Symposium 2019: Bridging Basic and Translational Research in Pulp Biology—Developing Technologies for Regenerating Vital Pulp Tissues.”

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.

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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