Third molar extraction: Does closure technique influence post-operative complications?

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This review to assess the influence of two suture methods on the postoperative complications of lower third molar extraction included 5 RCTs . Findings suggest the use of secondary closure has a favourable effect on pain, facial swelling, and trismus but the quality of the evidence is limited.

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Dual antiplatelet therapy and post-operative bleeding following minor oral surgery

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This review of bleeding complications in patients on dual antiplatelet therapy compared to patients on single antiplatelet or no antiplatelet therapy for patients undergoing oral surgery included 16 studies but no randomised trials. Findings suggest that dual antiplatelet therapy should not be discontinued but the evidence is of low quality.

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Platelet-rich fibrin and third molar surgery outcomes

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This review of the effectiveness of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) in reducing postoperative complications of third molar surgery included 10 small RCTs suggesting that PRF may reduce but not prevent some complications.

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Mandibular angle fractures: 1 or 2 miniplates?

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This review of the use of 1 or 2 miniplates for the treatment of mandibular angle fractures included 13 studies 3 of which were RCTs. The findings suggest fewer complications with single miniplate fixation.

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Direct anticoagulant agents: management before invasive dental procedures

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This review of the evidence of bleeding events following invasive oral procedures in patients using direct anticoagulant agents (DOACs) identified 21 studies but no RCTs. The review found no important differences in bleeding events in patients who continued versus patients who discontinued DOAC therapy.

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Cleft lip and palate: Autologous or alloplastic secondary alveolar bone grafting?

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This review of the effectiveness of autologous versus alloplastic bone for secondary alveolar bone grafting in patients with cleft lip and palate included 4 small RCTs suggesting no difference between the approaches.

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Actinic cheilitis: What is the best treatment?

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This review of treatments for actinic cheilitis included 29 mainly observational studies providing little evidence to identify the best treatment approaches.

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Dental implant placement: which antibiotic protocol?

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This review of the the effectiveness of different antibiotic protocols to prevent early dental implant failure includes 9 RCTs showing that antibiotics were protective against early implant failures.

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Maxillary sinus lifts: with or without grafts?

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This reivew of the efficacy of sinus lift without grafts in atrophic maxilla included 5 small RCTs with the findings suggesting no significant difference in the two approaches

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