Anxiety and pain during dental treatment

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35 studies investigating 47 clinical groups were included in this review of the association between dental anxiety and pain during dental treatment. The findings suggest a consistent impact on pain through the entire period of dental treatment.

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Mandibular implant overdentures: Impact on patient based outcomes.

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Mark-Steven Howe writes his debut blog on an updated review by Kodoma et al on the efficacy of the mandibular 2-implant overdenture.

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Dental implant treatment in elderly patients

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6 studies were included in this review of dental implant treatment on patients aged 65 and over. The review suggests good outcomes up to 10 years although the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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Dental implants: failure rates higher in males?

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This review of dental implants failure in males and females included 91 studies. The majority were retrospective with only 4 RCTs. While suggesting higher failure rates in males than females, the study quality and confounders mean that the results should be treated with caution.

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Implants improve clinical outcomes for Kennedy class I patients

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This review of the use of dental implants to support removable partial dentures in Kennedy class I cases identified only 15 small observational studies. The review suggests that implant use improved patient satisfaction and masticatory ability. However, these findings should be interpreted with caution.

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Review found no evidence showing that any particular type of dental implant had greater long-term success

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Dental Implants now in regular use in dental practice. However they come in an almost bewildering array of sizes and materials and with a range of surface characteristics and modifications. Many of these modifications have been developed with the aim of improving clinical performance. This update of a Cochrane review which was last refreshed in [read the full story…]

Same day loading for mandibular dental implants had comparable outcomes to delayed loading

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Osseointegrated dental implants have been available since the late 1970s,  initial placement protocols recommended an initial load free healing period. Improved understanding of osseointegration has lead to the use of immediate or early loading protocols.  The aim of this study was to compare the feasibility of loading four implants with a pre-existing denture converted to [read the full story…]

Trail suggests no difference in food choices and nutrient intake in older adults with conventional denture or implant-retained overdentures

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Evidence suggests that dietary intake and nutritional status of complete denture wearers is poorer than dentate patients of similar age, and implant retained dentures are considered to improve the retention and stability of complete dentures. The aim of this study was to compare dietary intake in edentulous adults with conventional dentures compared with implant-retained dentures. [read the full story…]