The lure of interdisciplinary orthodontics

Dear readers,
For 20 years I have been passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration between different specialties in dentistry and orthodontics. My doctoral studies, extensive research, publications, conferences, monographs have focused on interdisciplinary orthodontics and most of my daily clinical work as an orthodontist is dedicated to these interdiciplinary cases.
At first, few believed in this concept: my orthodontist colleagues were distrustful of the possibilities of adult orthodontics, periodontists did not believe that teeth with bone loss have an…„orthodontic future”, prosthodontists were used to „straightening” teeth prosthodontically, while implantology was not a common therapeutic option. Often when I presented them with a case of interdisciplinary orthodontics, the attitude was rather more skeptical than enthusiastic.[…]

Alexandru Simion Ogodescu




Cytotoxicity of indirect restorative materials on fibroblast cells: in-vitro study


In parallel with the improvements in dental technology and material science, innovative materials are being developed to be used in fixed prosthetic restorations, which are in direct contact with bone, connective tissue or oral epithelium. Dental casting alloys that play an important role in restorative dentistry are widely used as restorative materials in dental applications [1]…


Influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental practice: why measures should be taken – the experience of an European University Hospital (part 1)


After the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, the virus spread to the rest of the world and on March 11th, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was formalized by the World Health Organization. On March 18th 2020, the lock-down was decreed in Belgium and many dental practices decided to carry out only urgent treatments. A gradual reopening from 18.5.2020 was again possible thanks to guidelines from Sciensano concerning the organization of the dental practice….


Knowledge about dentin hypersensitivity: A questionnaire-based survey among dental students and young dentists


Dentin hypersensitivity (DH) is a condition that has often been encountered in dental practice in recent decades [1–3], however, the historical reporting of this symptomatology goes as far back as the 16th century [4,5]. Holland et al. [6] described this pathology as a short, sharp pain arising when dentin is exposed to different stimuli (typically thermal, evaporative, tactile, osmotic or chemical) and the pain cannot be ascribed to any other form of dental defect or disease. The prevalence of DH ranges from 1.34% to 92.1% in the adult population [1–4,7–11]…


Evaluation of upper arch changes in patients with unilateral cleft lip and palate after maxillary expansion using digital dental casts


Cleft Lip and Palate (CLP) is one of the most common types of congenital craniofacial birth anomalies due to environmental, genetic and epigenetic risk factors interacting among them [1-3].
They can occur between the fourth and twelfth week of gestation due to the failure of fusion between the medial nasal and maxillary processes in the primary palate or the palatal units in the secondary palate [4]. Affected patients need interdisciplinary care since birth until adulthood and evince higher morbidity and mortality throughout life compared to noncleft subjects [5]. Oral rehabilitations usually require complex and challenging interdisciplinary treatments since the first post-birth weeks do not allow the most adequate early recovery of vital functions [5,6]..


Unmet dental treatment need impairs quality of life in Hepatitis C Virus-infected patients


The hepatitis C (HCV) viral infection affects 175 million subjects over the world, that is, 3% of its population; and, three millions of new infections are reported each year [1]. Chronic liver pathology consequent to HCV has been reported in eighty percent of the infected patients. If no treatment is administered, close to 25% of patients progresses to liver cirrhosis [2]. Once cirrhosis has been diagnosed, the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma, one of the main indications of liver transplant, is 3-5% per year [3]. In Latin America and the Caribbean region HCV infected patients are estimated at 7.8 million [4]. In Argentina HCV is considered a low prevalence infection, with an approximate value of 1.2%, which increases in overcrowded dwelling conditions up to 3.6%…


Miguel Angel Farias: ORCIDiD | Publons | ResearchGate  | WoS
Silvia Andrea Medici: ORCIDiD | PublonsWoS
Aldo Fabián Squassi: ORCIDiD | Publons | ResearchGate | PubMed | Google Scholar | Scopus | WoS
Gabriel Antonio Sánchez: ORCIDiD | Publons | ResearchGate | PubMed  | WoS

  • Occlusion and TMJ

The influence of occlusion on masticatory efficiency considering relevant influencing factors


The aim of a masticatory process is to comminute food as homogeneously as possible, to moisten the food bolus with saliva and to prepare it for swallowing. The principle of the mechanical proce-ssing of food is found in all mammals, including humans. From an evolutionary perspective, it is an advantage to comminute food prior to digestion in the gastrointestinal tract. This mechanical fragmentation makes digestion more efficient [1]. The provision of energy and essential nutrients can be guaranteed by the regular intake of smaller, but mechanically processed amounts of foods. The masticatory process poses a major functional challenge to the stomatognathic system for its whole lifetime [2]…



Returning to the orthodontic practice amid COVID-19 crisis


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a clinical syndrome caused by the novel Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a pathogen closely related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Related Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). SARS-CoV-2 mainly attacks the respiratory system, due to its affinity to angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) cell receptor, highly expressed in the lungs and the heart [1]. COVID-19 appears to have a lower case-fatality rate (3.4%) as compared to SARS-CoV (10%) and MERS-CoV (3.4%) [2], but is more transmissible, therefore posing a major public health threat…


Degranulation kit by Strauss & Co: ensuring optimal mechanical debridement of the inflammatory tissue

In dentistry, over time, various practitioners have introduced various tool kits bearing their name to have a more ergonomic therapeutic act. Thus, in my own practice I have successfully used a series of tool kits, such as: the kit for preparing the contour of the prosthetic reconstructions of Prof. Mario Martignoni, TDA Kit Martignoni (North Bel International SRL, Italy), the kit for predictable and precise tooth preparation techniques for porcelain laminate veneers (PLV) by Dr. Galip Gürel (Komet, Germany), preparation set for modified chamfer according to Dr. Domenico Massironi (Komet, Germany), a kit of coordinated diamond instruments for conservative, controlled preparation of ceramic veneers, called “” by Dr. Oliver Ahlers (Komet, Germany) or TPS2 Set for inlay, crown and bridge preparation according to Dr. Bernard Touati (Komet, Germany)…

Florin-Eugen Constantinescu

Degranulation poza


Advances in Esthetic Implant Dentistry

Abdelsalam Elaskary


Esthetic Implant Dentistry

Levison’s Textbook for Dental Nurses

Carole Hollins

Dental Nurses