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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Do overdentures improve nutrient status?

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This review comparing the impact of overdentures with conventional dentures on nutritional status included 8 studies finding no difference in relation to BMI, albumin or vitamin B12 6 months 
after treatment among the older population

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Removable partial dentures and quality of life

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This review of the effect of removable partial dentures (RPDs) on quality of life included 16 studies mainly retrospective and cross-sectional providing limited evidence of any association association between patient-reported QoL or satisfaction with technical or biological parameters of RPDs.

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Denture stomatitis: some evidence for nystatin and disinfecting agents

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This review of interventions for the management of denture stomatitis identified 35 RCTs. A majority of the RCTs were at high risk of bias. The findings suggest that nystatin and disinfecting agents have a positive effect but the results should be viewed cautiously because of the quality of the available evidence

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Oral Health in people with dementia

This study is the first of its kind from an RCT perspective which clearly shows that treating major depression in older adults using interventions in primary care settings can extend life

This review of oral health in older people with dementia included 37 mainly observational studies of limited quality. The findings suggest that oral health was generally poorer in those with dementia.

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Mandibular overdentures and impact on oral health

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This review assessed patient satisfaction with mandibular implant overdentures using the Oral Health Impact Profile. Only 5 RCTs were included and findings suggest that implant supported overdentures perform better than conventional dentures.

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Dentures: 1 or 2 step impressions?

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This review compare single step impressions verses two step impression techniques for complete denture construction. 7 RCTs were included and they suggests that a two step approach is not necessary for technical quality, user satisfaction or quality of life.

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Do soft denture liners improve masticatory function?

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This review of the effect of soft denture liners on masticatory function includes just 6 small studies. This is a suggestion that use of long-term silicone liners may improve mastication parameters but it is very weak.

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Review suggests that disinfection methods could be an adjunct or alternative to antifungal medications in the treatment of denture stomatitis

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Denture stomatitis is relatively common with studies suggesting that it can affect 35-50% of complete denture wearers.  It is characterised by mild inflammation and redness of the oral mucosa and about 90% are associated with Candida.   The aim of this review was compare the efficacy of antifungal therapy with any other alternative methods used for [read the full story…]

Review suggests that face-bow transfer not essential for good outcomes in denture construction

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The use of the face-bow record during complete denture construction is recommended in most prosthodontic text books and taught in many UK and US dental schools.  The aim of this review was to compare the outcomes of the construction of dental prostheses and occlusal splints with and without the use of face-bow transfer. Searches were [read the full story…]