Pain during orthodontic treatment –pharmacological treatments

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This Cochrane review of drug interventions for pain during orthodontic treatment including 32 RCTs find that analgesics were effective in reducing pain. However, low quality evidence did not show a difference in effectiveness between systemic NSAIDs compared with paracetamol, or topical NSAIDs compared with local anaesthetic.

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New Cochrane Protocols for December 2012

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December brings two new protocols to the Cochrane Library from the Cochrane Oral Health Group. The first of these:-  Liu JLY, Walsh T, Kerr AR, Lingen M, Brocklehurst P, Ogden G, Warnakulasuriya S, Scully C. Diagnostic tests for oral cancer and potentially malignant disorders in patients presenting with clinically evident lesions (Protocol). Cochrane Database of [read the full story…]

Analgesics for pain experienced by patients having orthodontic treatment

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One of the potential side effects of orthodontic treatment is pain and discomfort. This can lead to  reduced compliance  or discourage patients from treatment.   The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions on pain experienced by patients undergoing orthodontic treatment.  What did they do The Medline and Cochrane databases were [read the full story…]

Cognitive behavioural therapy effective for pain control in the initial stage of orthodontic treatment

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Pain is not an uncommon experience during orthodontic treatment, and has been reported as a cause of treatment discontinuation. The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) intervention for patients experiencing pain during orthodontic treatment. Eligible patients were randomised into three groups CBT intervention(n=150), ibuprofen intervention(n=150), and [read the full story…]

New Cochrane Protocols March 2012

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March sees another two protocols registered with the Cochrane Oral Health Group.  The protocols are available on the Cochrane Library Parnell C, Gugnani N, Sherriff A, James P, Beirne PV. Non-fluoride topical remineralising agents containing calcium and/or phosphate for controlling dental caries (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD009732. DOI: [read the full story…]

Are single dose oral medications for post root treatment pain relief effective?

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The pain associated with root canal treatment is a major source of fear for patients. Pre treatment, treatment, and post treatment pain is anticipated, experienced, remembered, and shared by patients. The aim of this trail was to compare the effects of single doses of three oral medications on postoperative pain following instrumentation of root canals [read the full story…]