Mobile dental provider fined almost A$200,000

SYDNEY, Australia: In a recent court case, the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) successfully prosecuted a mobile dental service provider for failing to ensure that staff who radiographed thousands of children were properly licensed to do so. The service provider was fined A$198,000 and ordered to pay the EPA’s legal costs of A$125,000.

The company in question, Australian Aged Dental Care, operates a number of mobile dental clinics, all working under the name of Smiles Onsite. Between 13 August 2013 and 20 March 2015, the company instructed its employees to take dental panoramic tomograms of schoolchildren despite the staff not holding the correct licence to do so under the Radiation Control Act 1990. In delivering the decision, Magistrate Hugh Donnelly pointed to the fact that the company’s breach of the act was systematic and widespread, with little regard for best practice. “The schools, the parents and the children were all entitled to expect the defendant to conduct its affairs in compliance with the law as it regulates the use of radiation and in particular to abide by the licensing system under the Act,” said Donnelly. EPA Chief Environmental Regulator Mark Gifford said it was inexcusable that the company had operated in the manner it did. “Licensing is used to safeguard the community and the environment by ensuring that only appropriately trained and qualified people are allowed to use radiation equipment,” he explained. In his closing, Donnelly noted that the decision handed down to Australian Aged Dental Care reflects the seriousness of the offence and the importance of complying with environmental laws and standards. The company was also ordered to publish a notice outlining the court’s orders in the Daily Telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald within 28 days.

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August 17, 2018
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IDS 2019 to focus on long-term outcomes of periodontal therapy

COLOGNE, Germany: The 38th International Dental Show (IDS) will take place from 12 to 16 March 2019 in Cologne. As the top event for the dental industry globally, IDS will present the entire range of products available on the market worldwide, with a focus on periodontics. As such, the upcoming IDS will offer an overview of both established and new methods in periodontitis prevention and therapy, specifically emphasising follow-up care through biofilm and recall management as integral to long-term success.

IDS will showcase the entire range of periodontal treatment products, including manual tools, ultrasonic and powder jet systems, periodontal probes and pressure-calibrated alternatives, software solutions and adjuvant therapies. The last include laser-controlled methods, immune modulation and the application of antimicrobial substances. Beyond the minimally invasive methods, surgical options, such as lobe operation and soft-tissue grafts, will also be covered. In addition, visitors will be able to learn more about bacteria and DNA tests and modifications, such as leukocyte telomere length attrition, as well as assessment methods for genetic periodontitis and tissue destruction processes for accurate treatment planning. Because regular follow-up care is key to success in periodontal treatment, particular attention will be given to recall and supportive periodontal therapy and monitoring. “The coming IDS offers attractive innovations in many areas, from the diagnostic process to the supporting periodontal therapy, through to periodontal surgery,” emphasised Mark Stephen Pace, Chairman of the Board of the Association of the German Dental Industry. With the growing need for care, there are increasingly more effective options for the prevention and treatment of periodontitis, he said. “At the International Dental Show in Cologne this progress can be experienced close up. With tangible product innovations and direct contact with the respective manufacturers, IDS offers all visitors real added value.” IDS is held in Cologne every two years and is organised by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie, the commercial enterprise of the Association of the German Dental Industry, in collaboration with Koelnmesse. More information on the event and registration can be found here.  

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August 16, 2018
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Single tooth replacement with implant restorations in the esthetic zone requires consideration of various strategies and following a structured treatment plan for these demanding situations.

There are several challenging factors inherent on replacing a missing incisor in the esthetic zone. Decrease in bone and soft tissue volume, subsequent to tooth loss, is one of the most important of these factors. When the treatment option is an implant supported crown, adequate tissue volume becomes a prerequisite for optimum esthetic outcome. There are several treatment plan options available for the clinician to decide when a tooth is condemned to extraction. Immediate implant placement would be the first option in order to decrease treatment time and also to preserve tissue volume and contours. However, there are limitations for immediate implant placement.  Socket preservation could be another option for the management of fresh extraction sockets. If the tooth was lost certain time ago and ridge resorption has already been occurred then the clinician should consider augmentation techniques in order to obtain sufficient hard and soft tissue volume for pleasing esthetic results. There are several challenging factors inherent on  replacing a missing incisor in the esthetic zone.                          In this webinar single tooth replacement in the esthetic zone will be covered. Different clinical situations will be described and according to indications appropriate approaches are going to be presented and discussed on clinical cases. key words: immediate implantation, single tooth replacement, esthetic zone, socket preservation, site development, socket shield, dental  webinar
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