This overview of reviews of the influence of occlusal schemes on the clinical performance of and patient satisfaction with complete dentures included 10 systematic reviews. While the findings suggest that occlusal schemes might interfere with the clinical performance the results should be carefully considered because of the low quality of the systematic reviews included.[read the full story...]
Atraumatic restorative treatment (ART)
This review of the survival of atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) in both permanent and primary teeth, when performed in conventional dental clinics and field settings included 34 studies. The findings suggest similar survival rates in both clinica and field settings but the quality of the evidence is low.[read the full story...]
Occlusal caries diagnostic measures
This review of the diagnostic performance of commonly used methods for occlusal caries diagnoses included 37 studies the majority (29) being conducted in-vitro. While summary diagnostic performance datafor a muber of diagnistic methods is provided it should be treated cautiously as th data is limited in many areas.[read the full story...]
Occlusal stabilisation appliances for temporomandibular disorders
This review the efficacy of stabilisation appliances in the management of painful temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) included 24 RCTs. The findings suggest they have an efficacy beyond the placebo effect however the evidence of low to very low certainty.[read the full story...]
Caries prevention in children: Fluoride varnishes or sealants?
11 RCTs were included in this Cochrane review which looked at the relative effectiveness of fissure sealants compared with fluoride varnishes for the prevention of caries in the occlusal surfaces of permanent teeth.[read the full story...]
Fissure sealants: are those with fluoride more effective in preventing caries?
This well conducted multi-centered randomised controlled trial compares fluoride-containing resin-based sealants with non-fluoride sealants[read the full story...]
Temporomandibular disorders: no role for dental occlusion in the pathophysiology
This review of the association between temporomandibular disorders and dental occlusion included 25 observational studies. No consistent association was found.[read the full story...]
Occlusal caries prevention: Seal or varnish?
This large, well-conducted study in a primary care setting found a small, but not statistically significant difference, between fissure sealants and fluoride varnish for the prevention of caries in first permanent molars at 36 months.[read the full story...]