Patient safety- few dental studies have been conducted

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There is growing interest in patient safety in health care. This review sought to identify any dental research in this area, only a small number of studies were identified demonstrating the need for further research

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Patient satisfaction with combined orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery

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This review of patient satisfaction with combined orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery included 8 studies and identified a number of factors associated with patients’ satisfaction or dissatisfaction. However, the quality of the available evidence was limited.

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Satisfaction with orthodontic treatment

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This review of satisfaction with orthodontic treatment included 18 questionnaire-based studies, involving 2891 patients and 464 parents. Based on the available limited evidence, satisfaction was associated with perceived aesthetic outcomes, psychological benefits, and the quality of care.

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Guess who? Put a face to a name

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Kirsten Lawson reviews a randomised controlled trial looking at the impact of providing clinician photos on inpatient’s recall of names and roles. Is this an effective way to improve communication between inpatients and their care team?

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Overdentures: trial suggests no difference between 1 or 2 dental implant support

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This trial compared patient satisfaction with 1 or 2 implants supporting a mandibular overdenture. No significant differences between the groups were seen after 5 years.

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Implant overdentures improve satisfaction, chewing and bite force, suggests review

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While 53 studies were included in this review of implant overdentures only a narrative summary of the outcomes of chewing ability, bite force and patient satisfaction could be presented. While all the studies were prospective, information about the quality and risk of bias in the included studies is not reported.

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Dental implants: survey found that patients had high levels of satisfaction with implant-supported restorative treatment

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This large Swedish questionnaire survey conducted on a random sample of patients achieved a high response rate (83%) . Those who had received dental implant supported restorative treatment reported very high levels of satisfaction (94%). However, 31% had experienced implant related complications although only 6% reported that these complications occurred frequently.

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Dental implants: evidence on patient expectations mainly cross-sectional

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There is a growing interest in patients’ expectations of dental implants. This review found 10 mainly cross sectional studies with variable quality of reporting. Expectations with respect to aesthetics and function predominated.

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Compete dentures: no difference between simplified and traditional approaches to fabrication

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Today we look at a review that compares simplified approaches with traditional methods for constructing complete dentures. 3 small trials reported in 6 papers suggest some advantages of the simplified approach over the traditional. However studies are small and of short duration.

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Review suggests the shortened dental arch may be an acceptable approach

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The shortened dental arch (SDA) consisting of ten pairs of occluding anterior and premolar teeth is considered sufficient to provide good oral function. The WHO goal for developing countries of 20 functional, aesthetic natural teeth without resorting to a prosthesis is consistent with the SDA.   The aim of this review was compare the functional outcomes [read the full story…]