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Study indicates 16% of UK dental professionals may have had COVID-19

October 22, 2020 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Across the UK, local lockdowns are proliferating as SARS-CoV-2 case numbers continue to increase. Though the initial nationwide lockdown ended back in June, data continues to to be gathered that shows just how widely SARS-CoV-2 spread during this time. A study conducted by University of Birmingham researchers has now found that a staggering 15% of dental professionals possessed SARS-CoV-2 antibodies by the time the lockdown had ended.

Interview: “Thanks to this app, patients take ownership of their bodies”

October 20, 2020 | Interviews | News

Getting patients to brush interdentally can be an arduous task, but the BOB-App does exactly that. BOB stands for “bleeding on brushing”, which is the motivation app’s crucial parameter. The BOB-Score tells patients their overall inflammation level, and a mouth map shows them exactly which size of interdental brush to use at home for each interdental space. As a result, patients are motivated to reduce their inflammation scores before the next follow-up. Argentine dentist and periodontist Dr Matias Fontanetto uses the BOB-App in order to motivate his patients to turn interdental brushing into a daily habit.

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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.

World’s first digital implant receives European CE mark certification

October 20, 2020 | Advertorial

HÜNENBERG, Switzerland: TRI Dental Implants recently announced that it has obtained CE mark certification, enabling it to market its digital implant, matrix, in Europe. Matrix is the first approved dental implant specifically developed for digital manufacturing technologies such as CAD/CAM or 3D printing. By means of this new concept, prostheses can be directly planned on the implant without the use of an abutment.

Sunshine vitamin D and COVID-19: Is there a correlation?

October 19, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Vitamin D, also referred to as the sunshine vitamin, is increasingly more difficult to obtain from sun exposure. The increase in the number of people working in offices today has drastically reduced access to direct sunlight. The strict confinement measures worldwide to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2 can only have worsened this situation. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be associated with dental implant failure and complications, and mounting evidence is suggesting that inadequate vitamin D levels in the blood could play a major role in SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility and outcomes.

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The future is now: Revolutionising dentistry with digital dentures

October 19, 2020 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Whereas it was previously impossible to imagine a dental laboratory adopting a fully digital workflow, digital dentistry has already redefined the previously established dental procedures and empowered dental professionals and clinicians to take the leap and immerse themselves in a digital future. The benefits of dental technology can be clearly seen in the introduction of digital dentures—not only has this facilitated denturists’ and dental clinicians’ work by offering more flexibility and efficiency, but it has also improved the patient experience and enabled patients to become more involved in their own care.

A hybrid dental hygienist

October 15, 2020 | News

A periodontist once told me that a good dental hygienist leaves behind around 15% of calculus after initial therapy. As a dental hygiene student, I failed to appreciate what these words implied. Now, 13 years later and amid task relocation in Dutch dentistry, I often think back to those words. Whether the percentage of calculus that is not removed is actually 15% I am not going to debate in this article, as it is not very relevant in this context. It is simply accepted that a dental hygienist does not remove all calculus during initial therapy.

Fallow time calculator launched after AGP review

October 14, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: A review of the evidence relating to the use of aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) and the risk that they pose for the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in dental settings has resulted in a further reduction to the fallow time that is recommended by UK dental authorities. Dental professionals can now calculate the time necessary between dental procedures using a free online tool.

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Interview: “When it comes to renewable resources, we believe that Orsing is on the forefront”

October 14, 2020 | Interviews

From 1 October 2020, Swedish company Orsing has discontinued its white Hygoformic, which was manufactured in polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), and replaced it with natural green Hygoformic Bio, manufactured in Green PE and packaged in home compostable and biodegradable bioplastic. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Patrizia Mattiucci, clinical relations manager at Orsing’s parent company DirectaDentalGroup, spoke about the reasoning behind this change, the production challenges that were faced and where the materials come from. She also gave us some insight into how the company wants to help dental clinics to communicate their environmental choices to their patients.

Organisers of IDS determine new guidelines for 2021 event

October 13, 2020 | News

COLOGNE, Germany: Over the past few weeks, the organisers of the International Dental Show (IDS) have announced several changes to the upcoming 39th edition of IDS, which will take place in Cologne in March 2021. Now, it has also been announced that the duration of the event will be shortened.

3Shape introduces updated Generation Red E scanners

October 12, 2020 | Advertorial | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: With its wide-ranging scanner portfolio, 3Shape has always provided dental professionals with the leading technology that promised to drive laboratory productivity and boost business growth. In line with its initial promise, 3Shape is now proud to introduce its newest addition to the family: the Generation Red E scanners. Both the most recent scanner, E4, as well as its predecessors, E3, E2 and E1, boast improved accuracy, speed and other advanced scanning features that help dental professionals optimise time and enhance the digital workflow.

Choosing the right mouthwash in times of pandemic

October 9, 2020 | Advertorial

KRIENS, Switzerland: SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in the saliva of 91.7% of people infected with the virus. This means that dental professionals are particularly vulnerable to infection, and it is recommended that patients rinse with an antiviral mouthwash for 30 seconds before any form of treatment takes place. Researchers from the Université de Lyon have issued a position paper indicating which ingredients a mouthwash should contain in order to effectively reduce the SARS-CoV-2 viral load in the mouth.

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Dentsply Sirona launches DAC Universal S

October 9, 2020 | Advertorial

SALZBURG, Austria: Dentsply Sirona, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dental products and technologies, has announced the release of the DAC Universal S dental autoclave. The new addition to the DAC Universal family allows dental professionals to process instruments automatically in just one cycle and comes with a complete sterilisation function.

Interview: “If you can dream it, you can do it with exocad”

October 7, 2020 | Interviews

As an industry innovator and enthusiast in the field of dental implants, dentures and digital technology, Dr Michael Scherer is an expert in his field and knows how to handle the hybrid environment of dental clinic and laboratory. When he is not working as a prosthodontist at his practice in Sonora in California in the US, or enjoying his great love of nature when going scuba diving, hiking or skiing, Scherer enjoys speaking at educational conferences of all sizes. At the exocad Insights 2020 event in Darmstadt in Germany, Dental Tribune International met with Scherer to talk about his lecture at the event in which he discussed what dentists can do with exocad, described his experience with the software and explained why digital dentistry is the future.

Interview: 3Shape Total Tech Week will “push the boundaries of what digital dentistry can achieve”

October 7, 2020 | Events

From 19 to 23 October, 3Shape will present Total Tech Week, an online showcase of the latest digital solutions of the company and its leading global partners. Lars Christian Lund, senior vice president of corporate business development and marketing at 3Shape, spoke with Dental Tribune International about the benefits that attendees will gain from taking part in the free online event.

The dental hygienist in times of COVID-19

October 6, 2020 | News

In 2001, the concept of the human microbiome was first introduced by Joshua Lederberg. The microbiome consists of the entire genomic heritage of microorganisms and biochemical interactions with the host.1 Knowledge of the microbiome has profoundly changed oral hygienists’ and dentists’ clinical approach to controlling oral infections. Furthermore, the modern modus operandi has increasingly forced us to reduce treatment time and biological and economic costs and therefore carry out minimally invasive interventions with excellent results through periodontal support therapy. In this scenario, the patient becomes the protagonist and is no longer only the object of our therapy.

Survey shows UK periodontists feel let down by government and regulators during pandemic

October 6, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Though it is quite evident that dentistry, as a whole, has been greatly affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the specific ways in which this impact has been felt are yet to be fully understood. A recent study from the UK has shown that many of the nation’s periodontists believe that they received insufficient support from the government and the General Dental Council (GDC) while lockdown restrictions were in place from March to mid-June.

New research may expedite regenerative dentistry

October 5, 2020 | News

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Understanding of cell types and the mechanisms of dental growth is essential for the reconstruction and engineering of teeth. Therefore, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have investigated the cellular composition of growing and non-growing mouse and human teeth. They believe that the new data on the cellular make-up and growth of teeth could accelerate developments in regenerative dentistry and in the treatment of tooth sensitivity.

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