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Importance of radiography in dental treatments

February 12, 2019 | Advertorial

BRISBANE, Australia: While some dental clinics are still using conventional dental radiographs, digital dental radiographs are becoming increasingly popular in many dental clinics across Australia. In our Brisbane-based dental clinic we use two digital radiographic machines in our surgeries and we are planning to invest in a new CBCT machine in 2019.

Frustrated with failing local anaesthesia?

January 31, 2019 | News

Many clinicians have experienced the frustration of being unable to anaesthetise a patient sufficiently despite trying various approaches or using a combination of amides. A variety of failures are known by specialists, for example, one spot in a tooth cannot be touched, everything is numb except the tooth, the last bit of caries cannot be removed without pain or intra-pulpal injection is the last option in the case of irreversible pulpitis, et cetera. Mandibular teeth are the most common teeth to be associated with the failing of anaesthesia and it is even more frustrating that it usually concerns the same patients, therefore the specialist tends to become nervous when the patient’s name appears in the appointment book once again.

Orthodontics offers no guarantee of long-term oral health, study finds

January 30, 2019 | News

ADELAIDE, Australia: Research carried out at the University of Adelaide has examined the relationship between previous orthodontic treatment and improved dental health benefits. Study participants who had undergone orthodontic treatment showed no difference in long‐term caries experience from those who had not, the researchers concluded.

Researchers investigate link between high fibre diets and oral health

January 24, 2019 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: In a new study researchers have found a connection between diets with high intakes of fibre and wholegrain foods and a reduction in the risk of some non-communicable diseases. Lead by scientists from the University of Otago, results of the study provide convincing evidence for replacing some refined grains with dietary fibre and wholegrain foods. The researchers are now looking more closely into the benefits high-fibre diets could have on oral health.

Innovative new toothbrush breaks ground for better dental hygiene

January 24, 2019 | News

HONG KONG: Two researchers at the University of Hong Kong have jointly designed a new toothbrush—the only toothbrush in the world—that can brush every surface of the tooth simultaneously, reaching difficult-to-access niches while being gentle on gingivae. The two inventors have expressed the hope that their NJ toothbrush will improve users’ oral health. They have said that it will not be easy to convince toothbrush companies that a change of design is needed, but that this toothbrush will bring revolutionary changes to the concept of toothbrushing.

Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress to be held this February

January 23, 2019 | Events

SINGAPORE: The Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC) has grown into the largest orthodontic event in the Asia Pacific region. In 2019, it has surpassed previous figures, with sold-out workshops, an expanded exhibition space and record-breaking registration numbers. This important occasion for congress will this year take place at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore from 22 to 24 February.

Straumann Group set to enter clear aligner market in China

January 23, 2019 | Business

BASEL, Switzerland/TIANJIN, China: The Straumann Group will be partnering with Tianjin ZhengLi Technology, whose clear aligner system has regulatory approval in China. The two companies will be developing enhanced solutions in aesthetic dentistry, and the collaboration is intended to accelerate Straumann’s plan to enter the world’s second-largest market for orthodontic clear aligners.

NZ government considers better labelling of sugary drinks

January 22, 2019 | News

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: The current state of the oral health of some New Zealanders has been likened to that of developing countries. With many contributing factors resulting in the worrying comparison, one area that has gained much attention in recent months is the possible need for better labelling on food and beverages with a high sugar content.

New study adds to evidence of relationship between erectile dysfunction and periodontal disease

January 21, 2019 | News

GUANGZHOU, China: Growing concern over an association between erectile dysfunction and periodontal disease has propelled more research into the subject in recent years. A new systematic review and meta-analysis from the Jinan University in Guangzhou has found further evidence of a relationship between the two. The results showed that men with periodontal disease were nearly three times more likely to be at risk of erectile dysfunction.

Study indicates potential of berry extract to fight off dental bacteria

January 15, 2019 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: A recent study has suggested that concentrated extracts of polyphenol-rich fruits such as cranberries and blueberries could prove beneficial for combating certain bacteria in dental biofilm. The findings of the research, conducted at the University of Queensland in Brisbane and the University of Bristol in the UK, indicate the potential for cranberry phenols to modulate the pathogenicity of dental plaque.

Interview: “The Planmeca Compact i5 is a future-proof, ecological and safe investment”

January 15, 2019 | News

As one of the world’s largest dental equipment manufacturers, Finnish company Planmeca is committed to providing products that can be enjoyed by dental practitioners and patients alike. Nowhere is this more evident than in the company’s new dental unit, the Compact i5—created for easy upgrade with new features as they are developed. Dental Tribune International spoke with Kaisu Ilomäki, product manager for Planmeca’s dental care units, about what exactly makes the Compact i5 an ideal solution for dental practices.

Gel fillings may enhance root canal treatment, study shows

December 18, 2018 | News

SEOUL, South Korea/BIRMINGHAM, Ala., U.S.: Root canal treatments currently rely on clotted blood to fill the empty tooth canal. In order to find a more reliable, biodegradable filling that promotes healing and the regeneration of the tooth, scientists have developed a gel filling to use in the root canal treatment that releases nitric oxide and antibiotics inside the treated tooth.

Report highlights lack of access to dental care for the elderly

December 17, 2018 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: The state of Australians’ oral health has been covered extensively down under for many years. As reported by Dental Tribune early in 2018, more than 90 per cent of Australian adults have experienced decay in their permanent teeth. For the elderly, access to oral health care can be a real challenge and in a new report launched by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, a comprehensive picture of contemporary life for Australians aged 50 and over has been drawn and some critical data has been revealed.

University of Otago receives NZ$10 million to aid construction of new dental clinic

December 11, 2018 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: As reported by Dental Tribune in September, the University of Otago announced that it would be building a dental teaching facility and patient treatment clinic in South Auckland. In a positive new development, internationally renowned businessman and philanthropist Graeme Hart and his wife Robyn have announced that they will be donating NZ$10 million towards the clinic's construction.

Survey of Australian dentists’ fees indicates a small increase

December 5, 2018 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Each year, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) conducts a dental fee survey to gain a better understanding of how private practices across the country are billing for their work. According to this year’s results, pricing has remained relatively stable, with only a small increase. However, as seen in previous surveys, there were significant variations in the different levels of fees that are charged, both within and between different states.

Combination of breast milk and babies’ saliva shapes healthy oral microbiome, study suggests

December 5, 2018 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: There is much debate of the pros and cons of breast- and bottle-feeding. A research team from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), in collaboration with the University of Queensland, both in Australia, has found that breastfeeding, at least in terms of oral health of the baby, is beneficial.

New standard to be developed for sterile reprocessing in dental practices

November 30, 2018 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Among the issues arising for small dental practice owners is adhering to regulations that are more applicable to larger institutions such as hospitals. In what the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is calling a “significant advocacy win”, Standards Australia has accepted a proposal to develop a new standard for sterile reprocessing of reusable medical devices and surgical instruments.

CAD/CAM-integrated glass fibre post and core restoration improves tooth fracture strength

November 19, 2018 | News

BEIJING, China: Researchers from the General Hospital of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Beijing recently evaluated the fracture resistance properties of maxillary incisors with flared root canals restored with CAD/CAM-integrated glass fibre posts and cores. The study found that this approach achieved improved results compared with conventional treatments.

Bogus dentist convicted after performing root canal therapy without licence

November 15, 2018 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: A man was recently convicted of falsely representing himself as a dentist and performing invasive procedures, including root canal therapy, as well as consulting with dental patients, at his premises in the Sydney suburb of Guildford West.

Recent study suggests sugar tax is needed in New Zealand

November 13, 2018 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: The debate around sugar and its ill effects on society and how to address this have taken many forms, one of the main measures being sugar tax, which has already been implemented in countries such as Belgium, Fiji, France, Mexico, Spain and the UK. A new study from the University of Otago has found that New Zealand (NZ) citizens too could benefit from such a tax, as people who consume high-sugar drinks are also more likely to make general unhealthy dietary decisions.

Silver nanoparticle-coated membrane may enhance dental implant treatment

November 13, 2018 | News

CRAWLEY, Australia: Alveolar bone loss is a common problem for patients seeking dental implant placement. A barrier between the bone substitute and gingiva that can prevent fibrous tissue ingrowth and bacterial infection, as well as induce bone formation, is a key factor in improving the success of alveolar ridge reconstruction. Researchers at the University of Western Australia have improved a bioactive collagen barrier material for guided bone regeneration, giving it antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Brisbane dentist highlights importance of oral health during pregnancy

October 30, 2018 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: Pregnancy is a unique experience in a woman’s life; however, it may significantly affect her own and her child’s oral health. Studies have shown that links exist between poor oral health and low birth weight or premature birth. According to a Brisbane dentist, as pregnancy is associated with compromised oral health due to hormonal effects, expectant mothers should be warned that poor oral health during pregnancy can adversely affect their infants’ health.

Patients affected by mental health at higher risk of poor dental outcomes

October 30, 2018 | News

PERTH, Australia: A study published by researchers at the University of Western Australia has found that many dental professionals in Perth do not feel adequately trained and equipped to best support patients with mental health conditions. The study was published to coincide with the recent Mental Health Week and involved interviewing 16 dental professionals across Perth.

Market share of value and discount implant solutions to increase in Asia Pacific

October 22, 2018

BURNABY, British Columbia, Canada: According to a new market report by iData Research, a leading provider of international dental market research, the Asia Pacific implant market is transitioning towards inexpensive implant products. Growth is being driven by rising demand for aesthetically pleasing long-term dental restorations and this has resulted in demand for more affordable options. However, this movement towards low-cost implants is occurring at differing rates across each of the five major Asia Pacific regions.

Pollution may cause increased risk of oral cancer, study finds

October 17, 2018 | News

TAIPEI, Taiwan: The debate on climate change and its effects on the earth are a hot topic. One discussion, in particular, is around air pollution, which is increasingly becoming a global issue. However, in South East Asia, many people have been dealing with smog for decades. In a new study, scientists in Taiwan have investigated the association between fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and oral cancer among Taiwanese men, and their results have increased knowledge in this regard, pointing to more research being needed to further understand the risk.

Straumann strengthens position in low-cost implant market

October 4, 2018 | Business

BASEL, Switzerland: With implant dentistry continually developing and evolving, so too are some of the low-cost options. In a recent move to secure a larger stake in that market, Straumann recently signed agreements to buy further shares in T-Plus, a Taiwanese dental implant manufacturer. Once the Taiwanese Investment Commission has approved the purchase, Straumann will gain a 60 per cent share in the company.

Interview: “I saw a lot of improvements in every step of the endodontic treatment”

October 2, 2018 | Events | Interviews | News

Besides running a private practice concentrating mainly on endodontic dentistry, Dr Filippo Cardinali gives lectures in theoretical and practical courses on subjects related to the isolation of the operative field and endodontics. He also often participates as a speaker at courses and conferences in Italy and abroad including the 11th International Federation of Endodontic Associations (IFEA) World Endodontic Congress, which will take place from 4 to 7 October in Seoul in Korea. In an interview with Dental Tribune Online, Cardinali shared his thoughts on lecturing at the event.

Researchers find possible link between bruxism and periodontitis

September 28, 2018 | News

OKAYAMA, Japan: In a recent study, researchers from Okayama University investigated whether involuntary masseter muscle activity showed any specific pattern concerning the severity of periodontitis. According to their results, after performing detailed measurements in a group of people with various degrees of periodontal disease, they found that bruxism might be related to its acuteness.

3Shape opens office in Tokyo

September 27, 2018 | Business

TOKYO, Japan: 3Shape, a leading provider of 3-D scanners and CAD/CAM software has announced the opening of an office in September in Tokyo, Japan, which will enable local dental practices, laboratories, resellers and partners to take part in 3Shape training and demos at the facility as well as receive technical support—all in Japanese.

Interview: “Endodontic treatment is an invaluable therapeutic technique”

September 27, 2018 | Events | Interviews | News

From 4 to 7 October, the world of endodontics will be meeting in the South Korean capital of Seoul for the 11th International Federation of Endodontic Associations (IFEA) World Endodontic Congress (WEC). In light of the event, which has attracted dental professionals from all around the world for many years, Dental Tribune Online spoke with IFEA WEC 2018 Chairperson Dr Andy Euiseong Kim.

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