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COVID-19 update: Nordic dentists continue to be affected by pandemic

September 24, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Though the Nordic countries share many similar cultural and social traits, their respective governments’ responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have diverged sharply at times. These differences have had a knock-on effect on the provision of dental services, leading to frustration among some in the industry.

Low-risk dentistry vs. high-risk dentistry

September 23, 2020 | News

Patients usually do not think of dentistry as being of low risk or high risk from a medical perspective. When visiting the dentist, a patient would expect that the dentist knows exactly what he or she is doing and that it is relatively safe to undergo the treatment proposed. Most dentists graduate with an understanding of the basic concepts of general dentistry and are fully capable of performing a wide array of treatments. In my humble opinion, the problem of risk lies in the nature of dentistry itself, and I have spent a great deal of time thinking about this.

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Insights 2020: exocad celebrates a decade of digital innovation

September 23, 2020 | Events

DARMSTADT, Germany: CAD/CAM software provider exocad has celebrated its tenth anniversary and its newest releases at Insights 2020, which was held on 21 and 22 September at the darmstadtium congress centre in the “City of Science”. An extensive and high-quality programme—consisting of lectures, an exhibition, a live surgery and laboratory sessions—was delivered to participants on-site and online during the first hybrid event of its kind under the theme “A decade of innovation”.

FDI presents live debate on relation between oral health and overall health of athletes

September 22, 2020 | Education

Prof. Ian Needleman, who is a member of FDI World Dental Federation’s Sports in Dentistry Task Team, is moderating a discussion on 24 September about the impact of athletes’ oral health on their general health. It will feature eminent dental experts and elite athletes and will be the first time that the topic will be addressed in such a format. The event is part of the programme for the Virtual Dental Exhibition, which is being hosted by the organisers of the Central European Dental Exhibition from 24 to 26 September. Ahead of the debate, Needleman shared some insights with Dental Tribune International.

Campaign highlights links between periodontal and cardiovascular diseases

September 22, 2020 | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: There is scientific evidence that periodontal and cardiovascular diseases are related. With a new campaign called Perio and Cardio, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) aim to create more awareness of this important topic. The initiative includes a website and educational material for dentists, cardiologists, medical professionals and the general public.

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Study shows sharp decrease in periodontal treatment and tooth loss in Norway

September 21, 2020 | News

OSLO, Norway: Periodontal disease is a global health issue, and many countries consistently report high levels of the disease among the population. The Norwegian government has attempted to address the issue by introducing certain measures, including major financial support, over the last four decades. In order to assess how successful these measures have been in reducing the level of periodontitis in Norway, a recent study examined the national treatment prevalence of periodontal disease in the country and reported that the frequency of treatment carried out was sufficient to prevent major tooth loss in the Norwegian population.

Interview: EAO Digital Days will deliver online content in an entirely new way

September 21, 2020 | Interviews

This year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO Digital Days), which had been scheduled to take place in Berlin in Germany, has now taken on a completely new digital format. EAO Digital Days will be broadcast from 5 to 11 October and will present a colourful mixture of live shows and on-demand videos. Prior to the event, Prof. Henning Schliephake, chair of EAO Digital Days and EAO president, shares how the organisers have jazzed up the programme in order to create a scientific conference structure in a virtual environment.

GC Germany presents five-day online symposium on molar incisor hypomineralisation

September 17, 2020 | Education

BAD HOMBURG VOR DER HÖHE, Germany: It is estimated that every seventh child in Germany is affected by molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH). Besides the aesthetic aspect caused by the abnormal colour and shape of the teeth, this enamel formation disorder often causes severe pain. Owing to the high number of affected patients and in promotion of the 100th anniversary of GC Corp. next year, GC Germany will be holding an online symposium from 28 September to 2 October. The event will be dedicated to the topic of MIH and is aimed at general dentists, dental technicians and orthodontists.

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Interview: “ISQ is the only measure that allows the follow-up of implant healing”

September 16, 2020 | Interviews

Dr Raquel Zita Gomes, who runs her own practice focusing on implantology and oral surgery in Oporto in Portugal, will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Osstell ISQ scientific online symposium. Prior to the event, Gomes shared with Dental Tribune International how SARS-CoV-2 has shaped the way dental education is being delivered and discussed what criteria have to be considered for dental implant loading.

3Shape wins Cellerant’s “Best of Class” Technology Award for eighth year in a row

September 15, 2020 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: The Cellerant “Best of Class” Technology Award is presented annually to companies who are leading the way with innovative technologies that are shaping the future of their respective industries. This year, 3Shape has won the award for its TRIOS 4 intra-oral scanner. It marks the eighth year in a row that 3Shape has earned this accolade.

Never stop learning—Kuraray focuses on online education

September 15, 2020 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: During these strange and difficult times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the top priority for dentists across the world has been to keep themselves and their patients safe. To do so, not only have many dental practices been shut down, but also in-person dental congresses, symposia and other events have been postponed indefinitely.

IDS to be hybrid event in 2021

September 14, 2020 | News

COLOGNE, Germany: About six months prior to the event, the organisers of the International Dental Show (IDS) have announced that they will be implementing several digital elements for the 39th edition of IDS, which will be held next year. In light of the travel restrictions in place, they aim to facilitate access to the global trade fair for visitors from abroad who will not be able to attend. The digital IDS platform will provide information on new products, live streaming of webinars, press conferences and events, as well as one-to-one communications.

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International dental students’ association launches new journal

September 11, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The International Association of Dental Students (IADS) recently published the inaugural issue of International Journal of Dental Students (IJDS). According to Dr Huthaifa Abdul Qader, the publication’s editor-in-chief, IJDS aims to make scientific literature more accessible to young dental professionals by improving readability and focusing on new techniques and controversial topics in clinical applications and research.

Interview: Prof. Richard Watt on COVID-19 and the potential for dental reform

September 11, 2020 | News

Though the spread of SARS-CoV-2 has had an undeniably deleterious effect on many elements of the dental world, it has also opened up new possibilities for imagining how dentistry should be delivered. That is the contention of Dr Richard Watt, professor of dental public health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, in a recent letter to The Lancet. Watt spoke with Dental Tribune International about how points of emphasis in dentistry may change in a post-pandemic world.

ADF congress 2020 cancelled

September 10, 2020 | News

PARIS, France: Today, the organisers of the Congrès de l’ADF, one of the largest and most important events on the dental calendar, announced that they have made the decision to cancel this year’s congress. The next French Dental Association (ADF) meeting will take place from 23 to 27 November 2021.

Interview: Reshaping implantology

September 9, 2020 | Advertorial | Interviews

When it comes to innovations in implant dentistry, the refinement of site preparation has fallen behind the advancements of implant design. Prof. Stefan Holst, Vice President of Premium Implants at Nobel Biocare and co-author of an original research study with Stanford University on the OsseoShaper design and biological benefits, describes some of the challenges presented by conventional drilling protocols and explains how this new device has been designed to overcome these problems.

Cigarette giant wants dentists to understand tobacco harm reduction

September 8, 2020 | News

MUNICH, Germany: Dentists see their patients several times annually in order to assess the health of their teeth and oral cavity; therefore, they are able to clearly observe the impact of tobacco use from an early stage. According to the German subsidiary of Philip Morris International (PMI), dental professionals are in a unique position to provide information on healthier, alternative forms of nicotine delivery to those patients who smoke and are unable or unwilling to kick the habit.

Artificial intelligence-based analysis of dental radiographs saves time in patient care

September 8, 2020 | News

BERLIN, Germany: Dentists at Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, together with data scientists and programmers, have developed dentalXrai Pro—a software program that allows dental practitioners to perform the analysis of radiographs based on artificial intelligence (AI). The new software was designed to help dentists identify pathologies and restorations more accurately and in less time in order to provide optimal treatment and improve communication with patients.

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