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An interview with Mectron, the company who invented Piezosurgery

April 1, 2009 | Business

Mectron, based in Italy, has revolutionised dental surgery with their development of piezoelectric bone surgery. Recently, the company presented the 3rd generation of their Piezosurgery device at the IDS show in Cologne in Germany. Dental Tribune Group Editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke with company founders Domenico Vercellotti and Fernando Bianchetti, as well as area managers Wolf Narjes and Alexandre Cadau, about the clinical advantages of their invention and how the company is reacting to the current market conditions.

Private dentistry in the UK booms on

March 31, 2009

Annual profits in the private dental sector in the UK have risen by £6,000, while profits for practices enrolled in the National Health Service have dropped, according to new figures. The figures from the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants (NASDA), show that during 2007/08, annual profits for NHS practices fell from £149,000 to £148,000, while profits in the private sector rose by almost five per cent.  

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Games technology to help in future dental training

March 30, 2009

GLASGOW, UK: Dentists of the future could be using games technology to hone their clinical skills. Three final year dental students at the University of Glasgow Dental School have developed the concept of using Wii technology to help dental students try out their operative skills. The students are winners of The Dental Innovation Technology Ideas Award announced last week. The competition challenged final year students to develop an idea for a new piece of technology or innovation in the dental field.

Nobel Biocare presents NobelProcera system on IDS

March 25, 2009 | Business

Nobel Biocare presented new prosthetic products and materials, an extended range of prosthetic products as well as updated data from long-term studies on the implant surface TiUnite during its press conference at the 33rd International Dental Show. According to the company, the innovative NobelProcera system—consisting of a novel optical scanner, a software package for prosthetic design and an extended range of materials—sets another standard in the field of CAD/CAM developments as well as in progress and dental prostheses manufacturing.

Interview with Bernd Bühner, owner of EMS Electro Medical Systems

March 24, 2009 | Business

COLOGNE, Germany: Electro Medical Systems (EMS) is a Swiss-based company specializing in products for dental prophylaxis. DTI spoke with company owner Bernd Bühner at IDS Cologne about a booming market and how the company is planning to participate in this development.

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W&H shows first rotating instruments with LED technology at IDS

March 24, 2009 | Business

COLOGNE, Germany: On Monday afternoon, the Austrian manufacturer W&H presented its “brilliant” novelties in the Köln Triangle tower. The company that specializes in instruments and equipment for dentistry is the first manufacturer which succeeded in using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for lighting the area where a bur is used. It is intended to bring daylight-quality light in the oral cavity for dentists.

Interview with Dr Domagoj Prebeg, Biozonix

March 23, 2009 | Business

Biozonix is devoted to the innovative development of medical devices for ozone therapy. During the 1990s, Biozonix’s inventors were inspired by the work of Croatian inventor Nikola Tesla, and they developed innovative high-frequency ozone generators of their own. They produced different models for different companies for more than 10 years before they founded Biozonix. DT America Group Editor Robin Goodman spoke with Managing Director Dr Domagoj Prebeg about his company and the advantages of the ozone therapy.

Ivoclar drives Implant Aestethics

March 23, 2009 | Business

COLOGNE, Germany: During a press conference on Monday at IDS Cologne, Ivoclar Vivadent has announced a new cooperation with Straumann. The agreement will allow the Swiss-based company to make use of Ivoclar Vivadent’s all-ceramic restorative solutions for perfect aestethics. According to CEO Robert A. Ganley, Ivoclar Vivadent will provide Straumann with their proven IPS e.max all-ceramics technology for the production of components for implant-supported and tooth-supported dentures.

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Online News from IDS in English and German

March 22, 2009

COLOGNE, Germany: Live coverage from both publishers Oemus Media and Dental Tribune that will feature articles, photo galleries and videos will be this year’s highlight at IDS Cologne. In addition to the latest industry news and announcements, users will also be able to review and download the daily newspaper today international in ePaper format, entirely free of charge. The bilingual newspaper has become the No. 1 guideline for visitors and exhibitors of IDS. A newsletter will also be available for those users that are unable to attend the event in Cologne but do not want to miss out on what’s new on the show floor.

Dental Tribune debuts new media

March 22, 2009

COLOGNE, Germany: Dental Tribune International is currently expanding its presence on the Web. At the 5th licensee meeting in Cologne in Germany, which started today, the new Internet presence of Dental Tribune, the publishing group’s flagship, was introduced to the public along with the DT Study Club, a worldwide online platform for advanced training. The clear, concise design of their website presents everything at a glance on just one page—and in English. Other local websites in more than 25 different languages are coming soon.

Dentistry crisis for Scotland

March 17, 2009

LONDON, UK: There is a huge shortage of dentists in the northeast of Scotland, according to new figures from the Scottish government. The statistics released by Public Health Minister Shona Robison in response to a parliamentary question, show that in Scotland’s worst-affected area, North Ayrshire, there is only one dentist for every 1,632 residents.

UK’s Cockcroft condemns survey

February 16, 2009

The Chief Dental Officer for England has condemned a survey, claiming 3m people in the UK have tried DIY dentistry, as ‘ludicrous’. The survey for Which? magazine found eight per cent have tried DIY dentistry and the same amount of people knew someone else who had tried it.

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VITA upgrades its shade-measuring unit

February 5, 2009 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: A new generation of optoelectronic shade-measuring units for dentists and dental technicians will be presented by VITA in 2009. The Germany-based manufacturer has announced the showcasing of its VITA Easyshade Compact unit at IDS Cologne in Germany in March and in other markets later this year. The previous model, VITA Easyshade, was introduced in 2003.

Better dental hygiene to lower hospital infections

February 5, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany: A study by the Tel Aviv University in Israel has found that brushing teeth can prevent hospital-borne infections by up to 50 per cent. According to lead researcher, Ofra Raanan, from the University’s Department of Nursing, nurses from different medical centres in the country found that brushing the teeth of intubated patients three times a day led to a decrease in ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), a lung infection that develops in people who are ventilated.

Interview with Dr Martin Rickert, Association of German Dental Manufacturers

January 28, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany: Prospects for the 33rd International Dental Show Cologne next month look promising, representatives of the German dental industry have agreed. At a recent press conference in Cologne, they also rejected fears of economic cutbacks due to the ongoing financial crisis. According to Dr Martin Rickert, Chairman of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI e.V.), there is still a steady demand for medical and dental services. DTI Group Editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke with Dr Rickert about the current state of the industry and his expectations for IDS Cologne 2009.

Sweden bans amalgam fillings

January 17, 2009

The Swedish Government has announced the introduction of a blanket ban on mercury in the country that will be effective from 1 June 2009. The ban will mean that amalgam fillings and other products containing mercury will not be allowed on the Swedish market, and alternative techniques will have to be used in dental care, chemical analysis, and the chloralkali industry, the country’s Ministry of the Environment has announced. It also said that the Swedish Chemicals Agency is authorised to grant exemptions in individual cases.

A new Inspektor for plaque detection

January 14, 2009

In collaboration with Inspektor Research Systems BV in the Netherlands, scientists at the University of Liverpool have developed a new product for identifying plaque build-up in the mouth before it becomes visible to the human eye. The toothbrush-sized device has a blue light at its tip that allows plaque to be easily seen as a red glow when shone around the mouth and viewed through yellow glasses with a red filter.

Nobel Biocare acquires BioCad and signs exclusive partnership with Optimet

November 11, 2008 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: Nobel Biocare has signed an agreement to buy 100 per cent of BioCad Medical Inc., a leading developer of computer-aided software for prosthetics, for a total amount of EUR ~26 million (US$32.8 million).

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