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Fraunhofer developing 3D-printing technologies for medical applications

July 22, 2021 | News

DRESDEN, Germany: Much has been made of the transformative potential of additive manufacturing in the medical field, and a project by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft hopes to pair new 3D-printing technologies with tangible applications in the medical sector. Scientists in Germany and Poland are collaborating on a series of pilot projects in selected medical fields, including dentistry.

CAD/CAM expert Thomas Gienger dies unexpectedly

July 20, 2021 | News

KNITTLINGEN, Germany/KOBLACH, Austria: Last week, Thomas Gienger, dental technician and trainer at Amann Girrbach, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 58. Gienger was valued for his comprehensive knowledge and over 20 years’ experience in dental laboratories and the dental industry. He was a first-generation user of CAD/CAM technology and helped train thousands of dental technicians.

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Face coverings must still be worn in dental settings in England

July 20, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Effective on 19 July, England eased many of its COVID-19 restrictions, including rules on social distancing and the requirement to wear face coverings in public places. However, although people in England are no longer obliged to wear face masks when entering establishments such as shops, healthcare organisations in the UK have recently urged the government to keep face masks mandatory in healthcare settings.

Pandemic leads UK dentists to seek advice in record numbers

July 16, 2021 | News

GLASGOW, UK: Changing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have regularly affected the scope of work that dental professionals have been allowed to conduct. Understanding exactly which procedures are permitted—and which ones are not—has been a continued challenge. The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS), one of the leading medical defence organisations in the UK, has announced that it received a record number of inquiries from dentists looking for advice and support during 2020.

Nobel Biocare launches new dental implant cleaning technology

July 15, 2021 | Advertorial

ZURICH, Switzerland: Peri-implantitis is one of the greatest unsolved problems in dental implantology, and its prevalence is expected to increase over time as implant treatment becomes more widespread.1 Implant cleaning is a difficult but essential step in treating peri-implantitis, and the recently launched GalvoSurge Dental Implant Cleaning System offers a new solution that is compatible with most implants on the market.

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3Shape Dental System 2021: Revolutionising the technician’s work through AI

July 15, 2021 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Ever since it was launched in 2005, 3Shape Dental System has been the software of choice for dental laboratory technicians who want to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. With the release of Dental System 2021, 3Shape is now allowing technicians to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and enhance their productivity through its new and improved integrated workflows.

Males account for more than 60% of speakers at UK dental conferences

July 14, 2021 | News

LEEDS, UK: Researchers from the University of Leeds and the University of Liverpool examined the gender balance of invited speakers at dental conferences that were held in the UK over a two-year period. The June study found that gender was acceptably balanced at only 21.4% of conferences and concluded that conference organisers should proactively work towards making their programmes more representative of the dental workforce.

IDS 2021: Exocad announces its largest ever presence at trade show

July 12, 2021 | Advertorial

DARMSTADT, Germany: Exocad, an Align Technology company, has announced its expanded presence at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2021, taking place from 22 to 25 September in Cologne in Germany. Exocad will showcase its newest software releases and innovations for dental technicians and dentists at Booth A020 in Hall 3, where it will have 360m² of exhibition space and a multitude of demo stations.

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Doctor’s Tip—new approach to free online education

July 12, 2021 | Advertorial | Education

ESCHBORN, Germany: Online education has seen an uptick in recent years and gained particular relevance in light of the ongoing global pandemic. Owing to its convenience and ease of access, e-learning will further flourish in the future. Through its AIC Europe online platform, Osstem Implant offers dental professionals a variety of free online courses focusing on the use of its products in daily practice. Instead of theory only, the lecturers present practical aspects and share knowledge and experience with the participants.

Better habits for better health—how changing ourselves could change prevention

July 12, 2021 | Education

KRIENS, Switzerland: Stable routines lie at the heart of habits. Lately, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the challenge of fostering habits in times that are disruptive. Taking the view that periods of change provide opportunities for creating habits that promote better health, a recent study by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute explored what support is needed to achieve this. The answer? A prevention-based healthcare system that is nothing like the one we know today.

Prevention of periodontal disease could save billions

July 9, 2021 | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) recently commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a provider of forecasting and advisory services, to perform an analysis on the financial and human cost of periodontal disease in six western European countries. Overall, the results show that preventing new cases of periodontitis by eliminating gingivitis would save up to €101 billion over a ten-year period.

Survey highlights impact of video calls on smile self-consciousness

July 8, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Though video calls have become a part of everyday work for many professionals during the pandemic, their increased integration has had some unintended consequences. A new survey jointly conducted by the Oral Health Foundation (OHF) and Align Technology has found that more than half (58%) of British adults have changed how they see their own smile as a result of these videoconferencing technologies.

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Exocad releases PartialCAD 3.0 GALWAY with advanced design features

July 7, 2021 | Advertorial

DARMSTADT, Germany: Exocad, an Align Technology company, announced the release of PartialCAD 3.0 Galway, its module for removable partial denture frameworks, which has new and advanced features for the design of high-quality partial dentures. This new release enhances digital CAD/CAM possibilities for exocad users and dental technicians by providing simpler design solutions for complex cases.

Amann Girrbach to present new solutions for interdisciplinary cooperation at IDS 2021

July 7, 2021 | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Germany: Amann Girrbach is eagerly awaiting the 2021 International Dental Show (IDS), the first major trade show since the pandemic started. In addition to a number of innovations to its proven CAD/CAM products and materials, the company will focus on solutions for interdisciplinary cooperation between dental laboratories and dental practices at its IDS booth (#A010–B011 in Hall 3.2).

Kuraray Noritake Dental wins big at DENTAL ADVISOR’s Awards

July 6, 2021 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: Since there are so many different dental adhesives, cements and restorative materials available, it can be difficult to decide which products are best suited to fulfilling individual requirements. A direct comparison obtained by testing all products is impossible owing to the great number of available solutions. Laboratory investigations provide information about specific product properties, but usually cannot give the overall picture.

Dental procedures present low risk of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2—study

July 5, 2021 | News

BRISTOL, UK: The largest study to date specifically measuring aerosol generation in dental settings found that many common procedures produced negligible volumes of aerosol. The study is yet to be peer reviewed; however, according to the authors, the findings support current guidance that deems many dental procedures as posing a low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and suggests that the level of risk associated with the use of ultrasonic instruments could be downgraded.

Interview: “Digital dentistry will set you apart”

July 5, 2021 | Advertorial

As the principal at the Sydney-based dental practice Care Dentistry, specialist prosthodontist Dr Christopher Ho leads by example. The procedures and techniques he employs to create aesthetic rehabilitations are guided by digital solutions that deliver greater efficiency, accuracy and patient acceptance. Here, he discusses how 3Shape’s product portfolio powers his digital workflows.

A practice exclusively for children: “We turn every appointment into a party”

July 2, 2021 | Advertorial

BERGEN OP ZOOM, Netherlands: Blij Gebit (Dutch for “happy teeth”) is a dental hygiene practice aimed specifically at children. It was started in the town of Bergen Op Zoom earlier this year by dental hygienist Stefanie Verdaasdonk, who runs the practice with her assistant, Daniëlle van de Water. The unique mix of child psychology, prevention and coaching—but also the inexhaustible patience and enthusiasm of Verdaasdonk and Van de Water—make Blij Gebit a place where children go with pleasure, even those with a fear of the dentist. “Living to be 100 with healthy teeth, that’s the goal,” said Verdaasdonk, “and also having fun. We turn every appointment into a party.”

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