Third molars: Which surgical technique for removal?

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This Cochrane review upate compares the relative benefits and risks of different techniques for surgical removal of mandibular wisdom teeth. While the review includes 25 new trials the quality of the studies was variable with many having biases that could have influenced the findings so no meaningful conclusions could be drawn.

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Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) use for prevention of highly infectious viral disease in healthcare workers

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Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at a preprint of a systematic review that evaluates the effect of Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs)for respiratory protection compared with N95/FFP2 masks on HCW infection rates and contamination.

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Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) and their mitigation in international guidelines: Fallow time

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Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at the fallow times reported in the recently published rapid review of international guidelines, the precautionary principle and the Independent Action Hypothesis (IAH).

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Root resorption: incidence after different types of traumatic dental injury

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This review of assess the incidence of different types of root resorption after concussion, subluxation, lateral luxation, intrusive luxation, and extrusive luxation included 14 observational studies. Findings suggest that resorption is most common following intrusive luxation.

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Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 screening: Could it accidentally cause local lockdowns?

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Mark-Steven Howe takes a look coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 screening and the implications of false positive tests in this blog

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MRONJ: Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw management strategies

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15 systematic reviews were included in this review of teh treament and management of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ). The reviews only identified weak evidence to support treatment protocols for MRONJ so high quality well reported RCTs are needed.

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Occlusal splints for the management of temporomandibular disorders

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This network meta-analysis assessing the effectiveness of various types of occlusal splint in the management of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) included 48 RCTs suggesting that a hard stabilisation splint achieves superior results in patients with myogenous TMDs. However, many of the included studies are small so teh quality of the evidence is low.

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Complete dentures how long do they last?

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This review of the longevity of complete dentures included 42 studies (22 cross-sectional ,22 cohort studies) mainly conducted in a university setting with the findings suggesting a longevity of 10.1 ±4.0 years.

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Improving the bond between glass ceramics and resin-based materials: Does an adhesive layer help?

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In this blog Thibault Colloc looks at a review of in-vitro studies looking at the influence of an adhesive layer application on the bond strength of etched and silanized glass ceramics to resin-based materials.

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Propolis-based mouthwashes

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This review evaluating the evidence regarding the efficacy of propolis-based mouthwash on dental plaque and gingival inflammation included 9 RCTs. While the findings suggest potential benefit from propolis-based mouthwash the quality of the available evidence is very low and additional high quality studies are needed to assess any benefits.

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