Obstructive sleep apnoea–Effectiveness of different mandibular advancement devices

Mandibular advancement device

This review of the the effectiveness of different mandibular advancement devices for obstructive sleep apnoea included 50 RCTS. While the findins suggest that mono-bloc MADs are more effective duo-bloc devices the quality of the available evidence is very low.

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Intracanal cryotherapy in root canal treatment

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This review of the effect of intracanal cryotherapy in reducing postoperative pain after instrumentation or obturation in root canal treatment included 8 RCTs. The findings suggest that suggests that intracanal cryotherapy in the form of cold saline irrigation as the final irrigant significantly reduces pain between 6 and 24 hours after root canal therapy.

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Treatment modalities in burning mouth syndrome

Depression

In this blog Manàs Dave looks at a systematic review of treatment options for patients with Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS). Study heterogeneity means that only a narrative summary was possible so there is a need for high quality research in this area.

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Dental risk and precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic

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In this blog Manas Dave takes a look at another review of the risk and precautions for dental setting during this COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 transmission risk and protective protocols in dentistry

Covid-19

In this blog Manas Dave looks at a review of the risk of transmission of COVID-19 during dental treatment and pathways and protective protocols to minimise this included 39 papers. While helpful the review has some limitations and our unserstanding of both the disease and its management continues to change rapidly.

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Oral hygiene for critically ill patients

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This Cochrane review updated assessing the impact of oral health measures on the incidence of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) in critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation in intensive care includes 40 RCTs and suggests that Chlorhexidine mouthwash or gel, as part of oral health measures, probably reduces the incidence of developing VAP.

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Digital or conventional workflow for single implant crown impressions?

Digital impressions
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Thibault Colloc takes a look at this review comparing digital and conventional workflows for the placement of single crowns on dental implants. Ten studies were included involving 214 patients and 278 crowns.

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Fluorescence devices for caries detection

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This Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy review of fluorescence-based devices for the detection and diagnosis of enamel caries included 131 studies with 114 datasets from 79 studies contributing to the meta-analyses.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs: Oct – Dec 2020

The Dental Elf

Blogs on Hyposalivation in the elderly, powered toothbrushes for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment and the impact of smoking on the outcomes of non-surgical periodontal treatment were our most popular blogs.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs: Jul – Sep 2020

The Dental Elf

Our most popular blogs in July August and September covered periodontal surgery, Interproximal caries detection and local anaesthesia for inferior alveolar nerve blocks.

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