Denture stomatitis: Is microwave disinfection effective?

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This review of the effectiveness of removable complete denture disinfection using microwaves for the treatment of denture stomatitis included 3 small RCTs. While the findings suggest that microwave may be effective the evidence is of low certainty so additional high quality well reported studies are needed.

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Aerosol generating procedures: minimising production during dental procedures

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This Cochrane rapid review of the effectiveness of methods used during dental treatment procedures to minimize aerosol production and reduce or neutralize contamination in aerosols. While the studies suggest a reduction in the levels of bacterial contamination the quality of the studies means the evidence is of low certainty.

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Root canal disinfection –sodium hypochlorite or chlorhexidine as an irrigant?

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This review only identified 5 small studies that provided insufficient evidence to compare outcomes using sodium hypochlorite and chlorhexidine for root canal disinfection. Additional high quality RCTs are required.

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Only limited evidence on the use of photodynamic therapy in root canal disinfection

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Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been suggested as a potential adjunctive aid to disinfection of the root canal. In principle, it uses a nontoxic photosensitizer that is selectively absorbed in a target tissue and a low-intensity light source. Upon photo-induced activation of the photosensitizer, in the presence of oxygen, a series of reactions produce free radicals [read the full story…]