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For: restorative dentistry

Root canal treatment – irrigant activation techniques to remove smear layer and debris?

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Kenny Strain looks at this new review of in-vitro studies examining irrigant activation techniques during root canal treatment. The findings suggest improvemed removal of smear layer and debris. However the impact on clinical outcomes needs further investigation.

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Autotransplantation of teeth to the anterior maxilla?

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This review of the success rates for autotransplantation of teeth into the anterior maxilla includes 17 studies. While the findings suggest high survival rates there is a lack of agreement of success criteria and the quality of the evidence is low.

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Buffering local anaesthetics to reduce dental injection pain?

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14 RCTs were included in this review of the effect of buffering local anaesthetics in reducing infiltration pain and anaesthesia onset time in dentistry. While slight reductions in onset time was seen in inflamed tissues and for IAN block these were not considered to be clinically significant. However the overall quality of the evidence was low.

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Digital impressions- faster or slower than conventional procedures?


In his debut blog Kenny Strain considers a new review which compares the working times for digital versus conventional impressions as well as patient centered outcomes. The review suggest a patient preference for the digital approach.

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Complete dentures: which occlusal scheme is best?


17 studies (11 RCTs) were included in this review of occlusal schemes for complete dentures suggesting that bilateral balanced occlusion does not confer better quality of life/satisfaction or masticatory performance and muscle activity.

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Primary teeth: which restorative material last longer?


This review of the longevity of posterior restoration in primary teeth included 31 studies. composite resin had the lowest annual failure rate while stainless steel crowns had the highest success rate. The studies all have a high risk of bias so the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART)

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15 RCTs were included in this Cochrane review of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) comparing with conventional treatment for managing dental caries lesions in the primary and permanent teeth provided low quality evidence that ART using H-GIC may have a higher risk of restoration failure in primary teeth.

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Metal-free fixed dental prosthesis – insufficient evidence to support or refute effectiveness


Only 9 small RCTs were included in this Cochrane review of metal-free materials for prosthodontic restorations providing insufficient evidence to support or refute the effectiveness of metal-free materials for fixed prosthodontic treatment over metal-ceramic or other type of standard restorations.

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Denture hygiene practices

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25 studies were included in this review of denture hygiene practices. Mechanical interventions in conjunction with chemical agents were the most effective, Denture brushing was the most common patient practice.

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Shortened dental arch: does prosthetic treatment have a positive impact?


This small trial compared the restoration of the posterior reduced dental arch with either a denture or no denture. They found greater satisfaction and quality of life in the no denture group.

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