Special Issue "New Techniques, Technologies and Materials for Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Oral Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Edoardo Staderini
Guest Editor
Section of Orthodontics, Aarhus University, Aarhus C, Denmark
Interests: 3D imaging; growth and development; cleft lip and palate patients; syndromic conditions; oral pathology; orthodontics; oral surgery; pediatric dentistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aimed to explore the use of innovative approaches in dentistry and maxillofacial surgery.

Medicine has been changed by the introduction of materials, CAD-CAM technologies, paving the way for new diagnostic and treatment options.

Nowadays, scientific research is oriented towards improved efficiency and efficacy in patient’s care; if we search the keyword “digital dentistry” in Medline, we found that the number of articles has an exponential growth in the last two decades. Maxillo-facial surgery has introduced new procedures (surgery-first, virtual planning) and materials (PEEK, custom-made splints for orthognathic surgery). Moreover, the use of three-dimensional examinations (cone-beam computed tomography, stereophotogrammetry) is a key point for the esthetic assessment and evaluation of orthodontic therapies/corrective surgeries.

We need to explore new technologies, as well to validate each protocol for best use of health-care resources to produce a maximum benefit/risk ratio for all patients. This Special Issue is focused on the methodological quality of innovative approaches in order to push research towards a straight methodology; the background should give a critical appraisal of the clinical relevance of an innovative technique (as compared with conventional know-how) and specify primary and secondary outcomes. Materials and methods should compare the accuracy, reliability, sensitivity, and specificity of a new approach with a control group. Discussion should involve the generalization of the results in the context of the available literature, and address the strengths and limitations of the proposed method; a paragraph should include some key points point for the implementation of the use of new techniques in the diagnostic workflow and the assessment of treatment outcomes.

We would highlight four counterpoints that can interfere with patient-centered care:  timesaving, productivity, business; and 4p (predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory) medicines that encompass practical guidelines to optimize healthcare.

This Special Issue welcomes proof of concepts, and clinical papers that examine the effectiveness of innovative technologies in the diagnostic and therapeutic workflow. We aim to receive and publish systematic and narrative reviews, randomized controlled trials, prospective and retrospective studies, as well as case reports that accord to the EQUATOR guidelines. The main topics for the Special Issue are presented below:

  • Dental radiology: Cone-beam computed tomography, ALARA principles, and ionizing radiation exposure;
  • Three-dimensional imaging: accuracy and reliability of integration of digital data, precision of intraoral scanners and digital models, stereophotogrammetry, virtual/digital setup, and esthetic assessment;
  • Orthodontics: clear aligners, custom-made orthodontic appliances, tooth movement, and growth and development;
  • Maxillofacial surgery: cleft lip and palate, facial asymmetries, surgery-first vs, conventional orthognathic surgery, and guided-surgery.

Dr. Edoardo Staderini
Guest Editor

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  • Cone-beam computed tomography
  • Radiation, ionizing
  • Imaging, three-dimensional
  • Orthodontics
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Treatment outcome
  • Technology, dental
  • radiometry
  • Relative biological effectiveness
  • Risk assessment
  • Software
  • Esthetic assessment
  • Medicine, personalized.

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Antimicrobial Efficacy of Fruit Peels Eco-Enzyme against Enterococcus faecalis: An In Vitro Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(14), 5107; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145107 - 15 Jul 2020
Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), an effective endodontic irrigant against Enterococcus faecalis (EF), is harmful to periapical tissues. Natural pineapple-orange eco-enzymes (M-EE) and papaya eco-enzyme (P-EE) could be potential alternatives. This study aimed to assess the antimicrobial efficacy of M-EE and P-EE at different concentrations [...] Read more.
Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), an effective endodontic irrigant against Enterococcus faecalis (EF), is harmful to periapical tissues. Natural pineapple-orange eco-enzymes (M-EE) and papaya eco-enzyme (P-EE) could be potential alternatives. This study aimed to assess the antimicrobial efficacy of M-EE and P-EE at different concentrations and fermentation periods against EF, compared to 2.5% NaOCl. Fermented M-EE and P-EE (3 and 6 months) at various concentrations were mixed with EF in a 96-well plate incubated for 24 h anaerobically. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of M-EE and P-EE were determined via EF growth observation. EF inhibition was quantitatively measured and compared between different irrigants using the one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), and different fermentation periods using the independent-samples T-test. M-EE and P-EE showed MIC at 50% and MBC at 100% concentrations. There was no significant difference in antimicrobial effect when comparing M-EE and P-EE at 50% and 100% to 2.5% NaOCl. P-EE at 6 months fermentation exhibited higher EF inhibition compared to 3 months at concentrations of 25% (p = 0.017) and 0.78% (p = 0.009). The antimicrobial properties of M-EE and P-EE, at both 100% and 50% concentrations, are comparable to 2.5% NaOCl. They could therefore be potential alternative endodontic irrigants, but further studies are required. Full article
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