3D Systems’ NextDent 5100 receives Healthcare Application of the Year award

ROCK HILL, S.C., U.S.: Overall the dental community can agree that digital is the future and almost every area of the profession is seeing considerable makeovers in the digital direction. At the 3D Printing Industry Awards recently held in London, U.K., South Carolina-based company 3D Systems received the 2018 Healthcare Application of the Year award for its NextDent 5100, a 3-D printer of orthodontic and prosthodontic appliances.

Presented by global media company 3D Printing Industry, the event was held for the second consecutive year. Categories cover a number of areas, including Outstanding contribution to 3-D printing, Innovation of the year, Aerospace or Automotive application and 3-D scanning application of the year. The awards, presented to individuals and companies alike, are given to those who have received the most votes by the readers of 3D Printing Industry’s media. “This award recognizes a momentous shift in the market for digital dentistry, as there is a tremendous growth opportunity for dental 3-D printing. According to SmartTech Markets Publishing, by 2027, digital dentistry revenue is expected to reach $9.6 billion,” said Rik Jacobs, Vice President and General Manager of Dental Solutions at 3D Systems. “In February, 3D Systems introduced a complete solution to the market, combining an extensive materials portfolio with leading 3-D printing technology, software and services. We offer the industry’s widest range of regulatory-approved, 3-D printing materials and technologies for dental labs and clinics.” The NextDent 5100 is powered by 3D Systems’ proprietary Figure 4technology, which facilitates high-speed 3-D printing of dental appliances and sacrificial castings. According to the company, the latest additions to its 3-D digital dentistry portfolio, which includes solutions for dental laboratories and clinics of all sizes, will support patient care, improve productivity, lower costs, and save time for both patient and practitioner. “We’re bringing a complete digital dentistry solution to the market—combining an unmatched materials portfolio with leading 3-D printing technology, software and services,” said Vyomesh Joshi, President and CEO of 3D Systems. “We offer the industry’s widest range of regulatory-approved 3-D printing materials and technologies that allow dental labs and clinics of every size to drive precision, productivity, and efficiency at a reduced cost for a wide range of dental applications.” The NextDent 5100 solution is currently in beta testing with select customers and priced below $10,000 (€10,000 in EU countries). General availability is planned for this summer.

Tags: 3-d printing, Awards, London

Poor dental health may indicate diabetes risk

CHICAGO, U.S.: An interaction between diabetes and oral health has been investigated by numerous studies, and according to U.S. researchers, a link between diabetes and periodontal disease and dental caries was suggested as far back as the 1930s. In a poster presented at the recent Endocrine Society annual meeting, the researchers presented the results of their study on the impact of glucose tolerance on dental health in a representative population in the U.S. The main finding was that dental diseases may precede the development of diabetes.

For the study, they reviewed the records of 9,670 adults 20 years of age and above enrolled in the 2009–2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They analyzed the participants’ reported body mass index and glucose tolerance states by fasting plasma glucose, 2-hour postchallenge plasma glucose, hemoglobin A1c, established diabetes, and whether the condition was treated with oral agents or insulin. They recorded the numbers of missing teeth due to caries and periodontal disease for individual patients. They also determined the relationship between glucose tolerance and dental condition in relation to age, sex, racial and ethnic group, family history of diabetes, smoking status, alcohol consumption, education and poverty index. The researchers found a progressive increase in the number of patients with missing teeth as glucose tolerance declined, from 45.57 percent in the group with normal glucose tolerance to 67.61 percent in the group with abnormal glucose tolerance and to 82.87 percent in the group with diabetes. Except for sex, all other covariates had significant impact on the number of missing teeth. The health of your teeth may be a sign of your risk for diabetes. Our findings suggest that dental exams may provide a way to identify someone at risk for developing diabetes. We found a progressive positive relationship between worsening glucose tolerance and the number of missing teeth. Although a causal relationship cannot be inferred from this cross-sectional study, it demonstrates that poor dental outcome can be observed before the onset of overt diabetes,” said lead author Dr. Raynald Samoa, assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, U.S. The results were presented in a poster on March 19 at ENDO 2018, the 100th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago.

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