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Special Issue "Digital Dentistry: The Evolution of Dental Care"

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Carlo Mangano

Department of Dental Sciences, S. Raffaele University, Milan, Italy
Interests: digital dentistry; 3D scanners; CBCT, CAD/CAM software; milling machines; 3D printers; direct metal laser sintering; guided surgery; custom-made implants; custom-made bone regeneration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

3D scanners (intraoral, desktop and face scanners, cone beam computed tomography) and computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software, together with new aesthetic materials and powerful manufacturing and prototyping tools (milling machines and 3D printers) are radically transforming the dental profession. As a consequence, in recent years we are witnessing a real evolution of dental care. However, there is a need for scientific evidence regarding the new high-tech protocols and new materials. In the present thematic issue, we solicit the submission of original research articles (technological reports, case reports, case series, retrospective and prospective clinical studies, randomized controlled trials), as well as review articles, on the topics of digital dentistry. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

- data acquisition by means of 3D scanners (intraoral scanners, desktop scanners, face scanners, cone beam computed tomography; 3D axiography);

- data processing by means of CAD software;

- production of prosthetic restorations, surgical guides, custom-made implants and scaffolds for bone regeneration, and orthodontic aligners and devices by means of milling machines, 3D printers, laser sintering;

- clinical application of CAD/CAM restorations, guided implant surgery, custom-made implants and bone regeneration, digital orthodontics;

- the virtual patient.

Prof. Carlo Mangano
Guest Editor

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  • digital dentistry
  • 3D Scanners
  • CBCT
  • CAD/CAM software
  • milling machines
  • 3D printers
  • direct metal laser sintering
  • guided surgery
  • custom-made implants
  • custom-made bone regeneration

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Open AccessArticle Lateral Sinus Floor Elevation Performed with Trapezoidal and Modified Triangular Flap Designs: A Randomized Pilot Study of Post-Operative Pain Using Thermal Infrared Imaging
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(6), 1277; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061277
Received: 22 May 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 12 June 2018 / Published: 16 June 2018
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Purpose: Post-operative pain and swelling are frequently observed after sinus lift procedures. The aim of the present study was the clinical evaluation of swelling and pain of two different sinus flap lift techniques using a visual analogue scale (VAS), verbal rating scale (VRS),
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Purpose: Post-operative pain and swelling are frequently observed after sinus lift procedures. The aim of the present study was the clinical evaluation of swelling and pain of two different sinus flap lift techniques using a visual analogue scale (VAS), verbal rating scale (VRS), and infrared thermal imaging (i.e., thermography). Materials Methods: A randomized controlled trial was conducted with 15 patients (30 sinuses in total) randomly allocated into two groups. For the sinuses of Group I a trapezoidal flap was used, while for Group II a modified triangular flap without anterior release was utilized. Postoperative pain was scored by means of a 100-mm VAS ranging from 0 (no pain) to 100 (worst pain imaginable), and was recorded at 2, 4, 6 and 14 days after surgery. Swelling was recorded by a verbal rating scale (VRS) and was classified into four categories: a score of 1 referred the absence of swelling, patients with intra-oral swelling in the surgical zone scored 2, any extra-oral swelling in the surgical zone scored 3, and intense swelling exhibited by extra-oral swelling extending beyond the surgical zone scored 4. The facial temperature was recorded before and after sinus augmentation, and at 2, 4, 6, and 14 days post-surgery to check the course of healing. Results: In Group I pain intensity was recorded at 2 days after surgery with a mean score of 38.67 ± 6.4 mm. Swelling was greater at 2 and 4 days, and was absent at day 6. The facial temperature difference before and after the procedure was 4.737 °C ± 0.37. In Group II the pain score were lower than in Group I (p < 0.05). The score for swelling was 2 on the first and second days, and was reduced on day 4. After the second day the difference in temperature was significantly reduced as compared to the day of surgery (0.77 °C); at 2 and 4 days no difference was registered. Conclusions: The results of this clinical study show the significant effectiveness of the modified triangular flap in the sinus lift procedure for reducing pain and swelling. Full article
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