3 Tips for Making Difficult Technology Decisions for Your Dental Practice

Integrating novel technology, techniques, or materials into one’s dental practice is bound to bring in a positive impact, particularly regarding predictability and efficiency. But all in all, a specialist should choose while regarding what fits best his/her practice model and set-up. One can also dive into the nitty-gritty behind a device’s workings, weighing advantages up against disadvantages before making a purchase.
#Tip 1: Maintaining/Improving Predictability
The conventional procedural take in most dental undertakings, of course, bears some form of predictability, but the right technology can take it up a notch higher. A perfect case study on this approach would be the replacement of polyvinyl impression materials with an intraoral scanner, the latter of which facilitates better evaluation since it enables one to conduct trials on a required procedure; with the patient opting for whichever prototype he/she feels is best.
#Tip2: Increasing efficiency
New technology should streamline tasks besides phasing in automatic processes. So in this particular take, it is salient to review the software aspect of gadgets then opt for one which personnel can easily decipher, especially regarding workflows involved in use.
#Tip 3: Profitability
Technologies in the dentistry sphere have varying payment packages. As an example, some could have a large upfront cost, but no per-fee use. Others might have a relatively less upfront cost, but offices are charged per use. This aspect, together with storage and maintenance fees signature to a system, should be weight up against the cost of operations and returns.


Art of Dentistry’s San Diego, CA Dentists Celebrate American Heart Month, Raise Awareness of Heart and Gum Disease Connection

The San Diego based Art of Dentistry group is using the American Heart Month to emphasize the risk of developing related heart ailments from untreated gum disease. Aggravation of the latter, especially with delayed intervention, can adversely plague one’s cardiovascular health, paving the way for acute and chronic medical conditions alike.

Statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that gum disease affects millions of persons across the world. It arises when bacteria accumulate in the periodontal pockets in the gums and teeth. One cannot effectively address this issue with the regular flossing or brushing since the bacteria is housed below the gum line. Nonetheless, trained oral specialists can cater to the concern via state-of-the-art treatment takes including minimally invasive laser gum therapy. This approach particularly destroys bacteria in the gum and the teeth’s surrounding using gentle laser light. It has most importantly phased out the use of scalpels and sutures in the subject undertaking, proving to be a quite effective and yet efficient technology due to the related minimal bleeding in patients.

The American Academy of Periodontology has precisely detailed the link between the two subject diseases: the workings of the heart often get impeded with the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream and inflammation of soft tissues.



Stratasys Presents Multi-Material Objet260 Dental 3D Printer & More at Chicago Dentistry Event

3D printing giant Stratasys now seems to be embarking on a spreading-its-wings venture. From 3D printed art, to medical implants, to commercial aviation components, the Israeli-American firm appears to have an additive manufacturing package for nearly every sector. But the organization has nonetheless recently unveiled a scheme meant to solidify its position in digital dentistry, particularly via novel, integrated 3D printing products. These items, which have already been showcased at an LMT Lab Day in Chicago, include the company’s flagship Objet 260 3D printer, the biocompatible 3D printing material MEDFLX625, and the new Pop out Part (POP) technology which rids of support material from dental prints. The former of the three is the one garnering enormous interest particularly because it’s capable of printing three different materials on a single tray. It can, therefore, be applied in the configuration of 3D printing custom surgical guides amongst other different undertakings. Stratasys’ main aim with the device is to facilitate the setting up of mid-sized dental labs equipped with relatively low-cost printing hardware, an approach that will altogether accelerate the adoption of the more accurate 3D printing feat in dentistry.

MEDFLX625, on the other hand, is a biocompatible compound which brings in a flexibility aspect when integrated into rigid dentistry materials. It has a chemical make-up that’s suitable for the production of soft-tissue implants.


3M, 3Shape Partnership Focuses on Digital Workflows for Orthodontics Cases

Acclaimed dentistry firms 3M and 3Shape have recently unveiled a joint venture aimed at transcending the orthodontics domain, particularly via digital workflows corroborating indirect bonding, clear aligners, and other emerging novel technologies. Jim Ingebrand, chief of 3M Oral Care Division, says the main aim is to facilitate orthodontist undertakings on patients while ensuring treatments are effective. He’s also revealed the project will feature some of the company’s flagship products including their indirect bonding solutions package, their customized lingual offering, as well as future new offerings. He further asserts the partnership has altogether been configured to yield benefits to the practitioners, the patients, and the businesses alike.

Some of the gadgets to equip the cooperation include the 3Shape TRIOS scanner plus the 3Shape Indirect bonding software which will be coupled with 3M’s Incognito lingual appliance system. For indirect bonding procedures, the Clarity Advanced Brackets will be utilized in conjunction with the APC Flash Free technology. These combinative takes will pave the way for better patient outcomes while also improving set-up productivity.

Allan Hyldal, 3Shape’s Vice President of orthodontics, notes that both specialists and patients are increasingly yearning for an open market with freedom of choice; therefore, the subject expedition is undoubtedly a step towards that direction.



Meet Liverpool’s Celebrity Dentist Who Gave Klopp and Firmino Their Sparkling Smiles

Dental Excellence, a firm based in Garston, is responsible for the sparkling smiles seen in Liverpool FC’s players and staff. Founder Robbie Hughes has revealed the practice is funneled more towards cosmetic dentistry – a domain largely considered to be costly.

The 33-year-old points out that the still-prevalent general perception about dentistry undertakings is that they must entail some form of pain and anxiety. He says that’s a key concern he’s adequately addressed by tailoring everything at his firm on the aesthetic perspective, from the set-up itself all the way to the journey alongside the dentist. The approach, besides instilling patient confidence, has since seen a host of football players including Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane visiting the premises.

When asked about the relatively expensive take, Robbie was quick to dispel the notion around it. He mentions that even though he’s for the most part catered for celebrities, there are still packages for everyone; ranging from the simple ones like teeth bleaching and veneering which are conducted within an hour, to the more complex ones like full mouth reconstruction.

Robbie has also revealed they’ve opened a new division in The Matchworks which is also tailored to offer a luxurious experience for patients and celebrities alike.



Blast Dental Plaque Away With Tiny Bubbles

Scientists in Japan have in a first-of-its-kind project employed micro-bubbles to get rid of dental plaque on dental implants.

Tooth loss has since time immemorial been known to be causing an array of inconveniences, irrespective of the cause. Dental implants, however, have emerged in recent times to address that concern and in turn, yield a better patient outcome. But just like normal teeth, the implants are also prone to complications especially without proper care and oral hygiene. In a case where dental plaque develops on the crown, for instance, the infection often spreads to the fixture insertions, making it particularly difficult to clean these areas because they contain microgrooves which most importantly enhance the fixation on the jaw bones. This limitation is what partly inspired the subject project.

Lead author Professor Hitoshi Soyama says they first thought of discerning the efficacy of a cavitating jet, wherein the high-speed fluid is injected by a nozzle through the water to produce minute bubbles of vapor. The bursting of these bubbles is what generates strong shockwaves capable of driving out contaminants. They then thought of comparing the feat’s functionality to that of the conventionally-used water jet, specifically via an experiment involving four volunteers who had biofilm grown in them. Ultimately, the cavitating jet was found to be more efficient, and even better, it did not only cater to plaque present in the root section of screws, but also to that in the almost inaccessible crest section.



Genes and Sex Influence Dental Erosion

A key concern that has puzzled specialists in the dentistry sphere is why some individuals may be prone to dental erosion while others are not, despite similar drinking and eating habits. But now researchers from Oslo University’s Dentistry Division have attempted to decipher this aspect.

Ph.D. candidate Marte-Mari Uhlen, in her doctoral project, has pointed out that even though numerous studies have shown dental erosion is more likely to occur in persons exposed to high acid levels, the case might be an attribute of something more than that. This insight was yielded after conducting a study on sixty-six subjects with eating disorders. Besides the clinical examination part of it, the expedition further entailed a questionnaire-based survey to discern details on participants’ overall health, oral hygiene habits, eating and drinking habits, as well as the ailment’s duration. Even though two-thirds of participants found with dental erosion had the disease for a relatively longer time span, a third of them surprisingly had no signs of the same; with some in this group has suffered from the illness for up to 32 years.

A follow-up on the finding was conducted to assess whether the oral environment coupled with the teeth’s enamel played a role. What ultimately surfaced was that the quality of enamel and the oral setting, partly dependent on a person’s genetics, partly dictated susceptibility to dental erosion.