Plating fractures of the angle of the mandible via a transbuccal approach may result in lower infection rates

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The aim of this study was to investigate whether fixation of fractures of  the mandibular angle  using miniplates placed through a transbuccal approach  resulted in lower infection rates that those placed on the mandibular external oblique ridge using an intra-oral approach. What did they do Patients were randomised (by year of birth) to having their [read the full story…]

No increase in infective carditis after reducing routine antibiotic prophylaxis

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NICE Guideline 64 does not recommend the routine use of antibiotic prophylaxis in invasive dental procedures to prevent infective carditis.  Their guideline states that patients should only be offered it if the procedure is at a site where there is already a suspected infection. This guidance caused some difficulties for dentists, as reported in the [read the full story…]