Imaging Sponsored by Planet DDS
Modified smartphone lights up plaque-causing oral bacteria
June 29, 2021 -- Could an ordinary smartphone be used to identify the oral bacteria that cause dental plaque? University of Washington researchers have converted a smartphone into a mobile multispectral imaging system that lights up plaque through light-emitting diode (LED) images. Read More
Zirconia shines in review of systematic reviews
June 29, 2021 -- Zirconia received satisfactory marks in a new review of systematic reviews of the restorative material. While zirconia-ceramic restorations came with technical, biological, and aesthetic complications, many of these complications did not affect restoration functionality and could be fixed during routine care. Read More
Texas lifts ban on teledentistry
June 25, 2021 -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on June 18 that lifts a ban imposed by the state's board of dental examiners during last year's COVID-19 lockdowns requiring Texas dentists to perform physical examinations only. Read More
Dominion to participate in webinar on member engagement
June 25, 2021 -- Dental and vision insurer Dominion National announced it will be part of a webinar on June 28 to discuss how to drive member engagement using innovations in teledentistry and mobile communications. Read More
Imaging aids removal of aspirated dental crown
June 22, 2021 -- A chest x-ray helped identify a 9.5-mm dental crown discovered in the lung of an 81-year-old man admitted to the hospital for meningitis. The international team of authors behind the case published their report in the August issue of Radiology Case Reports. Read More
Rise in adverse events for TMJ implants prompts FDA update
June 21, 2021 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 17 released updated information about temporomandibular disorder and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) implants, including the number of reported adverse events and ways the agency is engaging with patients. Read More
Exocad unveils new partial-denture design software
June 21, 2021 -- Align Technology's Exocad has rolled out PartialCAD 3.0 Galway, a module for removable partial-denture frameworks. Read More
Rare 4-cm mucocele removed from child's submandibular gland
June 18, 2021 -- Clinicians removed a rare 4-cm mucocele that extended from the submandibular gland to the floor of the mouth of a 9-year-old girl. The case was published on June 16 in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. Read More
Align donates $1M to Operation Smile
June 18, 2021 -- Align Technology announced that the Align Foundation has donated $1 million to Operation Smile in celebration of the company's 10 million Invisalign smiles milestone. Read More
Aspen Dental introduces Motto clear aligners
June 15, 2021 -- Aspen Dental Management has unveiled its Motto clear aligners. Read More
Special Feature
Data trends: Are U.S. practices taking more images?

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when taking radiographs as part of a dental examination was commonplace. However, with fears about radiation and changing insurance policies, U.S. practices took fewer images in 2016 than in any recent year. Why? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software looks at the data. Read more.

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International Dental Show (IDS) 2021
September 22-25
Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany
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October 10-13
Las Vegas, Nevada United States
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November 26 - December 1
New York City, New York United States