Most popular Dental Elf Blogs Apr – Jun 2023

Cherry Blossom

Between April and July our most popular blogs looked at chewing gum for orthodontic pain, mouthwashes to promote gingival healing and the impact of malocclusion on quality of life.

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Narrow v regular diameter dental implants for mandibular overdentures


This review comparing the use of narrow-diameter and regular diameter dental implants for supporting mandibular overdentures included 8 studies reported in 12 publications. While the findings suggest no differences between narrow and regular implants supporting mandibular overdentures the findings should be viewed cautiously as the quality of evidence is limited in quality and quantity and also short-term in nature.

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Temporomandibular disorders and oral health-related quality of life


This review of assess the impact of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) on oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) included 8 cross-sectional studies. While the findings suggest poorer OHRQoL in patients with TMD the limited number of studies and theer cross-sectional nature needs to be taken into consideration.

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Malocclusion and quality of life


This review of the effect of malocclusion on oral health-related quality of life in adolescents includes 13 cross-sectional studies. The findings suggest that that malocclusions in adolescents have a negative impact on oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL).

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Apical Periodontitis – Is treatment with modern root canal instrumentation more effective?


In this blog Thibault Colloc looks at a review of comparing the effectiveness of contemporary root canal instrumentation compared with conventional stainless-steel instruments in terms of clinical and patient-related outcomes. The review includes 9 studies (6 RCTs and 3 retrospective clinical studies) and was one of a series designed to inform guidelines for the European Society of Endodontics.

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Implant-supported overdentures and fixed prostheses in edentulous mandibles


This review comparing patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and clinical outcomes associated with implant-supported overdentures and fixed prostheses in edentulous mandibles included 10 small studies. While the findings suggest better PROMS with fixed prosthesis the available evidence is limited in quality and quantity.

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Removable partial dentures: is dental implant support a predictable approach?


Following tooth loss, it may not be possible to restore the dentition with a fixed prosthesis due to issues with the size and distribution of the saddle area/s, abutment distribution and bone quantity/quality. This problem can be partly resolved using a removable partial denture (RPD), but good retention and stability may be challenging to achieve [read the full story…]

Malocclusion, orthodontic treatment and oral health


This review looked at both the impact of malocclusion and the impact of orthodontic treatment on oral health. While a large number of studies met the inclusion criteria the heterogeneity of the studies their outcome measures and a a lack of studies to specifically address the questions of this review.

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Denture fabrication: Conventional or simplified approaches

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This review od conventional versus simplified verses conventional fabrication techniques for complete dentures included 19 RCTs. The findings suggest that there are no differences between the simple and conventional approaches in terms of patients satisfaction, masticatory efficiency and OHRQoL at least in the short term.

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Non-surgical periodontal treatment and oral health related quality of life

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This review of the evidence for the relationship between non-surgical periodontal therapy (NSPT) and patient-based outcomes included 13 mainly observational studies. While the findings suggest that NSPT improves oral health related quality of life but the quality of the evidence is limited.

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