Dental pulp testing: insufficient evidence to evaluate clinical performance

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This review of pulp sensibility and vitality tests identified 8 studies (4 Cohorts, 4 Case-controlled) . The number of studies matching the inclusion criteria did not provide a sufficient foundation to evaluate the clinical performance of pulp vitality tests.

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Pre-operative analgesia for patients with pulpitis improved anaesthetic success

This RCT does not establish equivalence between mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and antidepressants for recurrent depression.

16 RCTs involving 1900 patients were included in this review of pre-op analgesia for patients with pulpitis . The findings suggest that premedication with analgesics improves the success rate of local anaesthesia.

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Endodontic postoperative pain: which non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug?

This RCT does not establish equivalence between mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and antidepressants for recurrent depression.

The review of NSAIDs for endodontic postoperative pain suggests that NSAIDs are effective. A combination of ibuprofen 600 mg and acetaminophen 1000 mg and Ibuprofen 600 mg were both effective. More studies are need to assess teh most effective NSAIDs dosages and does intervals.

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Retrograde root filling: insufficient evidence for best material

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The Cochrane review of of materials for retrograde root filling identified 6 RCTs all at high risk of bias. The trials provide insufficient evidence to draw any conclusion as to the benefits of any one material over another so more high quality studies are needed.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs of 2016

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During 2016 the Dental Elves has published 158 blogs covering a broad range of topics. The most popular blogs of each month are highlighted.

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Root canal treatment: single or multiple visits?

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This Cochrane review update included 25 RCTs comparing single verses multiple root canal treatment approaches. They found no evidence to suggest that one treatment regimen is better than the other.

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Endodontic retreatment: Surgical or non-surgical approach?

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20 RCTs are included in this Cochrane review update of endodontic retreatment. The available evidence is of low quality so further research is needed to understand the effects of surgical versus non-surgical approaches, and to determine which surgical procedures provide the best results.

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Fibre posts: failure rates and restoration type

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This review of complication in teeth restored with fibre posts only included 4 small studies providing little evidence to inform clinical practice

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Endocrown restorations – little evidence to support this approach

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This review of endocrown restorations identified 8 studies only 3 of which were clinical. These 3 clinical studies were very small and two of them were retrospective providing very low quality evidence to support their effectiveness.

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Root canal obturation-hot or cold?

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This randomised controlled trial compares root canal obturation with cold lateral condensation or thermafil after a period of two years. After that tiem no significant differences were demonstrated between the two approaches.

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