SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/SPRING, Texas, U.S.: Mercury in dental amalgam contributes to global mercury pollution in multiple ways, such as the illegal diversion of dental mercury into the artisanal and small-scale gold mining industry, crematoria emissions from the deceased and sewage sludge sold to the farmers. This mercury pollution leads to air, water and food contamination that can impact human health negatively. A recent study investigated the different pathways that release mercury from dental amalgam into the environment.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: One of the biggest challenges in clinical dentistry is pain management during even the simplest of procedures. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) have created a technology to overcome this challenge. Their innovation involves special augmented reality glasses through which clinicians can “see” and map a patient's pain in real time. The researchers consider this innovation as the first step in the advancement of pain management technology, although it may still take some more years to get integrated into dental practices.