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Specialists quarrel over single file endo


									DENTAL TRIBUNE                           Asia Pacific Edition                                                                                                     World News                                  5

Specialists quarrel over ‘single file endo’                                                                                                                                   to offer considerable advantages
                                                                                                                                                                              or it will be rejected by the market
                                                                                                                                                                              despite its clinical potential.”
Daniel Zimmermann                        the pros and cons of the new            majority of root canals. Accord-          Anyone, who truly believes that
DTI                                      procedure in Internet forums.           ing to the manufacturers, the             Hess-type anatomy can be dealt                         In a recent Dental Economics
                                         So-called single reciprocating          technique reduces working time            with by using one rotary file is                   article, Manhattan-based dentist
NEW YORK, USA/LEIPZIG, Germany:          file systems have been launched         and lowers cross-contamination            delusional,” a specialist in an                    and endo specialist Dr Barry
Endodontic procedures that only          by several dental manufacturers         amongst patients, a common                US-based endo forum observed.                      Musikant said that the technique
require one rotary instrument            over the last few months.               problem associated with the use                                                              could create a new standard for
are causing controversy amongst                                                  of multiple files.                           “The technique requires a                       instrument use in endodontics.
specialists worldwide. Endo-                 Originally developed by                                                       new motor, which will turn off                     “Common sense says that single
dontists are actively discussing         Canadian and Lebanese scien-                However, specialists are not          many dentists who are already                      usage is a rationalisation to com-
                                         tists, the single file endo concept     so sure. “This current trend in           working with conventional rotary                   pensate for the weaknesses of
                                         is claimed to require only one re-      file design and philosophy is             NiTi instruments,” a German In-                    rotary NiTi.” Most single recipro-
                                         ciprocating file and no glide path      the equivalent of doing brain sur-        ternet blogger commented. “The                     cating file systems are already
                                         or initial instrumentation for the      gery with a hammer and chisel.            bottom line is that the system has                 available in major markets. DT
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LEIPZIG, Germany: Patients in
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in Europe or the US. According to
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Health Organization (WHO), in-
fections contracted during hospi-
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are significantly higher in health
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better surveillance and the im-
provement of infection-control
practices in these countries.

    In the study, researchers from
Switzerland and the UK compared
data from hospitals worldwide
covering the period of 1995 to
2008. They found that in develop-
ing countries an average of 50 out
of 1,000 patients are infected dur-
ing hospital stays and five to six out
of 100 during surgical procedures.
In some areas, this extends to even
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one in three patients becoming
infected during surgery.

    “Health care-associated infec-
tions have long been established
as the biggest cause of avoidable
harm and unnecessary death in
the health systems of high income
countries. We now know that the
situation in developing countries
is even worse. There, levels of
health care-associated infection
are at least twice as high,” said Dr
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UK government reviews ban on HIV-positive health staff
Lisa Townshend                         are not permitted to carry out inva-     and Australia—where dentists                tain exposure-prone procedures.     has said that the review is expected
DT UK                                  sive surgery or “exposure-prone          with HIV are permitted to work. Ac-         Department of Health guidance       to be completed within the next
                                       procedures” that may pose a blood        cording to reports, there have been         recommends that health-care         few months. DT
London, UK: The Department of          contamination risk.                      no reported health-care worker to           workers infected with HIV do not
Health in the UK has confirmed                                                  patient HIV transmissions in the            undertake these procedures.”        (Edited by Daniel Zimmermann, DTI)
that the current policy of prevent-        The announcement has been            UK, and only four such cases have
ing HIV-positive surgeons and den-     welcomed by campaigners and              been recorded worldwide.                        The guidance on the policy
tists from working in the UK is un-    Aids charities, who say advance-                                                     is currently under review by the
der review. Under the Department       ments in HIV therapy drugs makes            A Department of Health                   UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare
of Health rules, HIV-positive health
workers working in surgery, den-
                                       it easier for people to undertake
                                       such clinical roles. British policy is
                                                                                spokesperson said: “There is a very
                                                                                low risk of transmission of HIV
                                                                                                                            Workers Infected with Bloodborne
                                                                                                                            Viruses, the Advisory Group on      GSK and
tistry and specialist nursing, as
well as obstetrics and gynaecology
                                       stricter than that of many Euro-
                                       pean countries, as well as the US
                                                                                from an infected health-care
                                                                                worker to a patient during cer-
                                                                                                                            Hepatitis and the Expert Advisory
                                                                                                                            Group on Aids. The Department       DENTSPLY
                                                                                                                                                                in oral health
                                                                                                                                                                Daniel Zimmermann

                                                                                                                                                                LONDON, UK/NEW YORK, USA/
                                                                                                                                                                LEIPZIG, Germany: DENTSPLY
       EMS-SWISSQUALITY.COM                                                                                                                                     has entered into a co-branding
                                                                                                                                                                agreement with GlaxoSmithKline,
                                                                                                                                                                a global health-care manufacturer
                                                                                                                                                                based in the UK. According to a

                                                                                                                                                                press note released in January, the
                                                                                                                                                                deal will allow the US company to
                                                                                                                                                                combine its NUPRO in-office pro-
                                                                                                                                                                phylaxis range with Sensodyne,

                                                                                                                                                                GSK’s specialist toothpaste brand
                                                                                                                                                                for patients suffering from dentine
                                                                                                                                                                hypersensitivity. According to the
                                                                                                                                                                companies, no exchange of cash
                                                                                                                                                                or equity by either party is involved

                                                                                                                                                                in the agreement.

            THE DEEPEST
            NOW WITHIN REACH
            AIR-FLOW METHOD                                                                                                                                         NUPRO, which consists of pro-
                                                                                                                                                                phy and polishing pastes, is based
                                                                                                                                                                on NovaMin, a technology ac-
                                                                                                                                                                quired by GSK through a multi-mil-
                                                                                                                                                                lion dollar purchase in 2009. The
                                                                                                                                                                formula contains calcium sodium
                                                                                                                                                                phosphosilicate, a synthetic min-
                                                                                                                                                                eral found to seal dentinal tubules,
                                                                                                                                                                the main reason for hypersensitive
                                                                                                                                                                teeth. GSK currently uses the same
                                                                                                                                                                technology in its heavily marketed
                                                                                                                                                                Sensodyne toothpaste brand.

                                                                                                                                                                   Carlton Lawson, Vice-Presi-
                                                                                                                                                                dent of Sensodyne, GSK, said
                                                                                                                                                                that by utilising both companies’
                                                                                                                                                                brands and capabilities, his com-
                                                                    > Subgingival application of the Original AIR-FLOW® method reduces                          pany aims to build awareness of
                                                                     periodontal pocket depth, removes biofilm, prevents periimplantitis                        the benefits of NovaMin and fur-
                                                                                                                                                                ther consolidate its position as the
                                                                                                                                                                leader in the over-the-counter oral
       AIR-FLOW MASTER®                                                                             The inventor of the Original
                                                                                                    Air-Flow Method is now first to
                                                                                                                                                                health-care market.

       is the name of the world’s first                                                                                                                              According to the company,
                                                                                                    cross the boundaries of conven-
       subgingival prophylaxis unit.                                                                                                                            90 per cent of its worldwide rev-
                                                                                                    tional prophylaxis.
       With two application systems in                                                                                                                          enue is earned through toothpaste
       one. For sub- and supragingival                                                                                                                          sales. The company also claims
       use with matching handpiece and                                                                                                                          to have a global market share of
                                                                                                                                                                almost 10 per cent.
       powder chamber.
       Incred ibly ea s y to oper ate.                                                                                                                              DENTSPLY has said it will re-
                                                                                                                                                                lease a co-branded toothpaste, as
       Uniquely simple to use.                                                                                                                                  well as a prophy paste for in-office
       Touch ’n’ flow: Highly sensitive                                                                                                                          use at the Chicago Dental Society
                                                                                                                                                                Midwinter Meeting in February.
       3-touch panel for easy choice of
                                                                                                                                                                The company has also announced
       settings.                                                                                     For more information >
                                                                                                                                                                plans to develop a complete range
                                                                                                                                                                of professional tooth sensitivity
                                                                                                                                                                products under the combined
                                                                                                                                                                NUPRO–Sensodyne brand. DT

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