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Straumann Group strengthens emphasis on orthodontics and digital transformation

January 20, 2020 | Business

BASEL, Switzerland: The Straumann Group is introducing two organisational changes to support the development of its fast-growing orthodontics and digital businesses and to drive digital transformation across the group. The size, scope, reach, complexity, potential and strategic importance of its orthodontics and digital businesses have increased to the extent that it is necessary to divide them into individual global business units to maintain clarity and focus. At the same time, information technology and data management (ITDM), which relate to almost every activity at the Straumann Group, have also increased in each of these respects.

Anti-piracy—exocad becomes member of BSA software alliance

January 20, 2020 | Advertorial

DARMSTADT, Germany: Dental CAD/CAM software company exocad has announced that it has officially joined BSA | The Software Alliance, the world’s leading compliance and enforcement organisation. By becoming a BSA member, exocad has taken an important step to proactively pursue those who violate the company’s intellectual property rights. Any party who creates, sells or purchases unauthorised exocad software will be held legally responsible and prosecuted.

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3Shape settles patent infringement lawsuit against Medit

January 16, 2020 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Last year, 3Shape filed a patent infringement suit against Medit Corp., a South Korean company that specialises in 3D measurement and CAD/CAM solutions for dental clinics and laboratories. Now, 3Shape has announced that it has obtained a favourable first instance decision from the internationally highly esteemed Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, according to which the use of Medit’s intra-oral scanner, Medit i500, is now illegal in Germany.

The importance of dental cleaners

January 16, 2020 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: No matter how clean and sterile your dental practice is, contamination during the try-in stage of prosthetic restorations is pretty much guaranteed. Saliva, blood, gingival fluid and even dental plaque can contaminate the bonding surfaces, leading to poorer adhesion of restorations when cemented.

NYU Dentistry’s Prof. Nicola Partridge receives recognition for craniofacial biology research

January 16, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: For her clinical work in the area of biology and the formation of bone, Prof. Nicola Partridge has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Partridge is professor of basic science and craniofacial biology at the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry).

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SmileDirectClub to expand into Germany in 2020

January 13, 2020 | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: The teleorthodontics company SmileDirectClub has announced that it is poised to enter the German orthodontics market. The U.S.-based company, which has courted controversy with its direct-to-consumer clear aligner treatment model, said that it will open multiple locations of its flagship SmileShops across the country in early 2020.

Dental study of ancient chewing gum informs about oral microbiomes of the past

January 13, 2020 | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Though its popularity and constituent ingredients have changed over time, chewing gum has been used by humans for thousands of years. A new study out of Denmark that analysed a 5,700-year-old piece of chewing gum made from birch bark pitch has succeeded in extracting a complete human genome from the pitch, demonstrating its potential as a new source of ancient DNA.

Free webinar focuses on preparation for minimally invasive procedures

January 9, 2020 | News

Minimally invasive dentistry is on a continual path to finding new and more effective ways to preserve original tissue. This approach to dentistry offers smaller incisions, faster recovery times, and reduced pain and scarring, and it is vital to have a good plan heading into every treatment. In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Thursday, Jan. 23, Dr. Miona Jovanovic will be providing information on the preparation of treatment plans for a range of age and risk groups.

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Radical oral intervention not necessary before stem cell transplants, study says

January 9, 2020 | News

BASEL, Switzerland/HELSINKI, Finland: Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is used to treat cancers and severe blood and autoimmune diseases. Owing to slow immune system recovery after the transplantation, patients have a heightened risk of infection. However, a recent study has reported that the presence of acute or chronic oral foci of infection before the transplantation does not affect the patient’s survival rate within six months of the procedure.

Interview: “We want to reinvent the way patients think of dental treatment”

January 9, 2020 | Interviews

Described by its creators as the UK’s first dental video calling app, Tooth Fairy was recently recognised as “App of the Year” at the 2019 Dental Industry Awards. Dental Tribune International thus spoke with Dr Deepak Aulak, co-founder of Tooth Fairy, about the app’s benefits and future direction.

Interview: Prof. Katrin Bekes introduces molar incisor hypomineralisation

January 6, 2020 | Interviews

GENEVA, Switzerland: In the lead up to the FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, FDI World Dental Federation spoke to Prof. Katrin Bekes, head of the Department of Paediatric Dentistry at the Medical University of Vienna. Bekes has roots in conservative dentistry, and in her early career, she explored quality-of-life research and treated many patients with severe dentine hypersensitivity. While she has been a paediatric dentist for nearly fifteen years now, she maintains a strong focus on quality-of-life concerns.

Interview: Irrigation in endodontics—New standards in the dental office

December 29, 2019 | Interviews

A main goal of endodontic treatment is to effectively irrigate the canal and thus prevent reinfection of the peri-apical tissue. Recently, a range of new products have appeared, many of them claiming to provide effective and safe irrigation. Dental Tribune International spoke with German endodontist Dr Uwe Radmacher about his experiences with the new IrriFlex irrigation needle launched by PD (Produits Dentaires) in March this year.

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DTI looks back on a successful 2019

December 26, 2019 | Business | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: There is seldom a quiet news day in the dental industry and it has been a pleasure for the DTI team to bring you, throughout 2019, the stories that mattered as well as a suite of continuing education (CE) opportunities and events. As 2020 approaches, we look back on some of the milestones that DTI reached as a publisher and industry partner during the last twelve months, and we also look ahead excitedly at what promises to be another engaging and prosperous year in dentistry.

Research to illuminate resistance of oral flora to antiseptics

December 24, 2019 | News

FREIBURG/REGENSBURG, Germany: Over the last two decades, antibiotic resistance has been investigated many times and has been the subject of public debate. However, resistance to antiseptics, locally acting disinfectants, has received less attention. Now, researchers from the Medical Center—University of Freiburg and the University Hospital Regensburg are investigating how such resistance develops for the caries pathogen Streptococcus mutans and how this might also lead to antibiotic resistance.

LM-Dental recognised for its innovation

December 20, 2019 | News

HELSINKI, Finland: The Finnish Dental Congress and Exhibition is a great event for dentists, dental assistants, oral hygienists, dental technicians and students to learn about the latest in innovation, test new products and interact with industry leaders from across the world. At this year’s event, LM-Dental received the Innovation Award for its contribution to the improvement of the working conditions of dentists and other dental health professionals.

Dentistry at nanoscale: how nanotechnology advances the properties of dental implant surfaces

December 19, 2019 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: It is said that it is the small things that make a big difference. This applies literally to the field of nanotechnology, which over the years has been increasingly applied in various areas. Today, nanotechnology is used in everything, from developing smart fabrics that can be used for personal thermal management to methods of curing cancer, and has also found its way into dental applications. Nanomaterials are used as filling materials in restorative dentistry and endodontists work with nanotechnology-based root-end sealants. In implantology, nanomaterials are employed for tissue regeneration, as implant materials and also to optimise the surfaces of dental implants, since these surface characteristics are crucial for successful osseointegration.

German clear aligner maker prepares to enter Spanish market

December 19, 2019 | Business | News

BERLIN, Germany: The orthodontics start-up PlusDental has announced that it will add Spain to the growing list of European countries in which it offers its clear aligners. The Berlin-based company, which rebranded earlier this year, also said that its revenue in 2019 more than doubled. PlusDental’s secret, it seems, has been a teledentistry model that relies on experienced orthodontists to gain patient confidence and provide high-quality care.

Interview: “Digitalisation was the missing element”

December 18, 2019 | Advertorial

A 2013 graduate of Leipzig University in Germany, Dr Michaela Sehnert currently runs her own dental practice in the nearby city of Halle (Saale). In this interview, she discusses the process of transitioning to an entirely digital workflow and how it has benefited her practice.

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