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EMS opens its regional office for Middle East, Africa and India in Amman

September 4, 2019 | Advertorial | Business | News

AMMAN, Jordan: Earlier this year, EMS Electro Medical Systems celebrated the opening of its new office in the Middle East at the W hotel in Amman in the presence of 24 delegates from some of the leading dental companies in the world. There was active participation by EMS’s top management team, headed by General Manager Paolo Zanetti, who came from Nyon in Switzerland to attend the inauguration.

Researcher shows how selfies could aid in identifying missing persons

September 3, 2019 | News

DUNDEE, UK: Though sometimes denigrated as a sign of vanity, self-portrait photographs—selfies, for short—are not without their advantages. One such advantage, according to a researcher at the University of Dundee, is that they often provide several new dental identifiers that could be used to help police in cases involving missing persons.

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Planmeca Romexis: 800 users, 1.3 million patients, 30 million images

August 30, 2019 | Advertorial

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Dental care generates enormous amounts of patient data over time. A case in point is the public healthcare district of the Stockholm county council in Sweden, which serves approximately 2.3 million citizens spread across 26 municipalities. It is also the single largest Planmeca Romexis customer, housing a centralised Romexis database with dental images accessed by around 800 simultaneous users across the organisation.

Interview: “As dental practitioners, we all want our work to last”

August 30, 2019 | News

University of Queensland PhD student Dr Arosha Weerakoon was recently awarded first prize in Universities Australia’s annual Pitch it Clever competition. The competition challenges early career researchers to communicate their research in layman’s terms via video. Weerakoon won with her work on prolonging the bond between restorative material and teeth. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, she spoke in more detail about her work and future plans.

Interview: Oral health and intellectual disability

August 28, 2019 | Interviews

People with intellectual disabilities often have difficulty accessing dental care and maintaining good oral health. As part of the Your Dental Health project, Inclusion Designlab has recently published a guide to educate dental practitioners on issues related to oral health and intellectual disability. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Richard Zylan, a member of the Australian Dental Association, and Nathan Despott, manager of Inclusion Designlab, the policy, research and development arm of Inclusion Melbourne, to learn more about the topic.

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Reflux associated with temporomandibular disorder, study finds

August 26, 2019 | News

XIAN, China: Reflux is an uncomfortable condition that can have negative effects on a patient’s oral health. In a recent study, researchers have established that temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is associated with gastro-oesophageal reflux (GERD). Other factors such as anxiety and poor sleep contribute to this correlation. The authors of the study have noted that physicians need to be aware of the association and consider instituting multidisciplinary management programmes to help patients.

Scientists uncover gene that enhances tissue regeneration in tooth healing

August 23, 2019 | News

PLYMOUTH, UK: The usefulness of stem cells in the regeneration of dental and other body tissue has been established by numerous studies, though their potential in a clinical setting has yet to be proved. An international team of researchers has discovered a specific gene that increases stem cell activation and tissue regeneration during tooth healing, potentially offering a novel approach to tooth repair.

CURAPROX Perio Plus+ highlighted in Brisbane

August 22, 2019 | Advertorial

BRISBANE, Australia: With dental implants set to become an increasingly common treatment option for edentulous patients in the future, regular maintenance will be imperative to ensure implant functionality and to prevent biological complications. At the recent 2019 International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH), Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik delivered an engaging presentation titled “The role of chemical biofilm control in prevention of periodontitis and peri-implant disease” in a session sponsored by Swiss oral health company Curaden.

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CareDent launches environmentally friendly selection at ISDH 2019

August 22, 2019 | Advertorial | News

BRISBANE, Australia: While certain industries seek to reduce their footprint through plastic minimisation and other initiatives, the oral health care industry is trailing behind, and thus dental professionals and businesses need to work together to create a systemic social shift. CareDent, an Australian oral healthcare company, took the opportunity at the 2019 International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) to announce new innovations designed to reduce its environmental footprint.

ISDH 2019 provides stimulating programme on evidence-based practice

August 21, 2019 | Events | News

BRISBANE, Australia: From 15 to 17 August, dental professionals from all around the world came together for the 21st International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Brisbane. The event attracted 1,135 attendees, representing 34 countries, who were engaged by an exciting mix of scientific presentations by leading international dental experts and new product launches by the exhibiting companies.

In dentistry, image is everything

August 19, 2019 | Advertorial

HELSINKI, Finland: Three-dimensional dental imaging technology and software continue to make great strides when it comes to improving image quality. However, despite the progress made in the last decade, some challenges remain. So how do you achieve a great image? Planmeca’s Product Development Manager of Imaging Algorithms, Mikko Lilja, says it is a combination of three C’s: contrast, crispness and correcting artefacts.

Interview: “KATANA Zirconia and CERABIEN ZR porcelain is an ideal combination”

August 14, 2019 | Advertorial

As a dental technician with many years of experience, Björn Roland has always pursued one goal in his lab: restorations that seamlessly mimic natural dentition and possess reliable functionality. In this interview, he discusses how he integrates Kuraray Noritake Dental’s dental solutions into his daily workflow and shares some tips for creating aesthetically pleasing dental restorations.

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Improving oral health of people with intellectual disability

August 13, 2019 | News

MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia: People with intellectual disability face various social, conceptual and other challenges that affect their overall health and well-being. Some of these challenges may also affect oral health. In order to educate dental practitioners on the issue and to improve access to dental care for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Inclusion Designlab has published a guide that is aimed at fostering collaboration between medical providers, key support professionals, accommodation services and families, and identifying and subsequently treating oral health diseases more effectively.

Dentsply Sirona World 2019 fast approaching

August 12, 2019 | Events

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: From Oct. 3 to 5, the dental manufacturer Dentsply Sirona will be hosting Dentsply Sirona World 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This annual industry gathering is expected to bring together thousands of professionals from all areas of dentistry. Attendees will have the chance to learn about recent innovations and gain hands-on experience with some of them, such as the new intraoral scanner Primescan. The renowned entertainment program is set to feature the likes of comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld.

Researchers discover method to control tooth root development

August 9, 2019 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S./SICHUAN, China: Though genetic research has become increasingly relevant in the fields of medicine and biology, it has remained relatively untouched when it comes to dentistry. In a promising development, researchers have found that epigenetic regulation—the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression—can control root patterning and development in teeth, potentially leading someday to the regeneration of teeth.

Education minister visits new teaching facility at University of Otago

August 8, 2019 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Officially opened on 11 June, the new Clinical Services Building at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is set to replace the Walsh Building as the primary care unit and teaching clinic. Recently, Education Minister Chris Hipkins took a tour of the new facility to get a better idea of some of the work being done and to see first-hand some new and exciting advancements the clinic will provide.

Indian dentists extract 526 teeth from boy’s mouth

August 8, 2019 | News

CHENNAI, India: In a remarkable 2-hour operation, doctors at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital have reportedly removed 526 teeth from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy. The teeth were discovered inside a sac embedded in the posterior region of his lower jaw. Dentists are unsure whether the cause was genetic or environmental.

New research highlights relationship between scent and disease

August 7, 2019 | News

TOKYO, Japan: Bad breath can be caused by any number of things, including an illness. When there is more to it than just an overload of onions and garlic, it can be difficult for practitioners to make an accurate diagnosis. For the first time, researchers in Japan have developed a highly sensitive gas imaging system (“sniff-cam”) that can detect low diagnostic levels of some disease biomarkers.

Dr Paolo Baldissara: “The KATANA Zirconia Block is an extremely promising technology”

August 6, 2019 | Advertorial

With over 30 years of experience as a dentist and researcher, Dr Paolo Baldissara of the University of Bologna in Italy could be forgiven for slowing down a bit. This is far from happening, however, as he continues to be at the forefront of ceramic restoration material developments and their integration into CAD/CAM workflows.

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Why reviews have grown in importance

August 6, 2019 | News

“Before contacting you, I read all of your lovely reviews.” My clients are hearing that from patients every week nowadays. I’m not sure who actually taught us all to read and write reviews, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the source is Jeff Bezos at Amazon. We have fundamentally changed our buying habits as a result. Now, even the provider (if it’s Uber or Airbnb) can review us.

Research compares cooling ability of high-speed handpieces

August 6, 2019 | News

OTAGO, New Zealand: Not all dental practitioners may be aware of the finer details of dentistry equipment. Helene Chua, a 21-year-old fourth-year University of Otago Bachelor of Dental Surgery student, has recently made headlines with her research into the cooling efficiency of different numbers of water coolant ports on high-speed handpieces. Her findings point to the potential for significant savings for dentists around the world.

Expert to focus on prophylaxis in free webinar

August 1, 2019 | News

SINGAPORE: According to Dr Wong Li Beng, modern air polishing devices are becoming increasingly significant in the context of preventative and even aesthetic maintenance therapy. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Saturday, 3 August, Beng will be discussing this and today’s concept for prophylaxis to update clinicians on the latest changes and technical advancements in this regard.

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Medication-induced bruxism overlooked in dentistry

July 31, 2019 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Dentists commonly encounter bruxism and manage its effects. However, bruxism is not always recognised as being potentially drug-induced. In a recent article, the Australian Dental Association has listed the commonly prescribed antidepressant, anti-psychotic and antiemetic medicines associated with bruxism. Drug-induced movement disorders will generally not improve unless medication is ceased or the dose reduced. Timely identification and management of drug-induced adverse effects is essential for the problem to be resolved.

Align Technology launches first pop-up store in the UK

July 30, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Align Technology, a worldwide market leader in clear aligner treatment, recently launched its first Invisalign Connect pop-up store at the Westfield London shopping centre. The interactive pop-up is located in one of the city’s busiest areas, with thousands of daily visitors, according to the company, including prospective patients who may be interested in tooth straightening.

Experts advocate using low-dose CBCT imaging protocols

July 30, 2019 | Advertorial

Dr Michael Bornstein is Clinical Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the University of Hong Kong in China. He has followed the ongoing evolution of low-dose CBCT imaging closely, encourages all clinicians to increase their use of dose limitation measures, and has said that the radiation dose to the patient will continue to become lower.

Is root canal therapy not so painful after all?

July 29, 2019 | News

ADELAIDE, Australia: Self-reporting of dental health suggests that Australian patients find that root canal therapy is no worse than any other dental work. The findings overturn the popular belief that this endodontic treatment is the most unpleasant dental procedure of all.

Interview: Digital workflow in dentistry—What’s in it for you

July 25, 2019 | Interviews

Dr Simon Kold from Denmark explains how he and his wife and co-surgeon, Dr Louise Kold, implemented a digital workflow in their practice and talks about the lessons they learnt from it.

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Interview: Zirconia and the art of dentistry

July 25, 2019 | Advertorial | Interviews | News

Though one is a master dental technician and the other a dentist, Daniele Rondoni and Dr Nicola Scotti share a passion for discovering new materials and technologies to better provide aesthetic, durable restorations for patients. Here, they discuss their dental journeys and how they have integrated Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia range into their workflows.

Dundee professor honoured by International Association of Paediatric Dentistry

July 24, 2019 | News

CANCUN, Mexico/DUNDEE, UK: Prof. Mark Hector has been awarded a prestigious honorary membership of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) at the organisation’s recent 27th congress in Cancun. It is only the 20th time in the 50-year history of the IAPD that it has awarded honorary membership, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member.

Tooth analysis reveals secrets of our earliest ancestors

July 24, 2019 | News

LISMORE/MELBOURNE, Australia: Extended parental care is considered one of the hallmarks of human evolution. Through tooth chemistry analysis, scientists were able to examine teeth that are more than 2 million years old. The findings allowed them to demonstrate why early human ancestors had fewer offspring and an extended parenting role.

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