Cochrane Protocols July 2013


Two new protocols for Cochrane reviews have appeared on this latest release of the Cochrane Library.

The first is

Fleming PS, Pandis N, Johal A, El-Angbawi A, Fedorowicz Z. Adjunctive surgical procedures for accelerating tooth movement in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD010572. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010572.

The aim of the review is to assess the effects of surgically accelerated orthodontics on the duration and outcome of orthodontic treatment.

The protocols highlights a number of Surgically accelerated orthodontics procedures to accelerate treatment:

  • Distraction of the periodontal ligament (PDL): a surgical procedure on interseptal bone to reduce resistance to movement.
  • Distraction of the dento-alveolus: a surgical procedure involving separation of the dental segment from the jaw bone to allow distraction osteogenesis in the osteotomy site.
  • Alveolar decortication: a surgical procedure involving intentional surgical insult to alveolar bone, designed to accelerate tooth movement. This approach has been modified by the addition of bioabsorbable graft.
  • Corticision: this is a more conservative procedure to divide cortices transmucosally without reflecting a mucoperiosteal flap.


The second protocol is

Leach MJ, Thoms L. Topical herbal interventions for gingivitis (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD010573. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010573.

 The objective of this systematic review will be to evaluate the safety and efficacy of topical herbal interventions for the prevention or treatment (or both) of gingivitis.


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