Persistent post endodontic pain many not be tooth related

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Another critical summary of a systematic review prepared under the auspices of the American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry.   Originally published in 2010 , the review  aimed to assess the frequency of non-odontogenic dentoalveolar pain six months or more after endodontic therapy.

The summariser notes the that both English and non-English language articles were included in the search.  The included articles were restricted to prospective designs and although loss to follow up was a potential bias highlighted by the summariser the overall quality of evidence present was considered good.

Overall the review notes that around half of all persistent pain post endodontic therapy may be of non-odontogenic origin.

Go to the ADA summary as published in JADA

Go to the Pubmed abstract of the original review

 

 

 

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Derek Richards is the Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry, Editor of the Evidence-based Dentistry Journal, Consultant in Dental Public Health with Forth Valley Health Board and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Dundee & Glasgow Dental Schools. He helped to establish both the Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry and the Evidence-based Dentistry Journal. He has been involved with teaching EBD and a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994.

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