Hilotherapy improved levels of facial pain and oedema after maxillofacial surgery suggests review

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5 studies were included in this review of hilotherapy. While the studies suggest that hilotherapy might provide patients with a significant reduction in postoperative facial pain and oedema, the quality of the studies is low.

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Local anaesthetic to reduce pain of dental care under general anaesthesia – evidence unclear

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This Cochrane review included 14 trials of variable quality that could not be combined due to variation in local anaesthetic delivery and outcome measures. So the results from individual studies for pain, bleeding and other adverse effects are uncertain.

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Ibuprofen more effective than paracetamol for postoperative pain following third molar removal

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Surgical removal of third molars is a very common procedure and postoperative pain is a major concern for patients. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are (NSAIDs) frequently recommended to manage this pain.   Ibuprofen and paracetamol commonly used and recently a combination analgesic containing both paracetamol and ibuprofen has become available in the UK. The aim of this [read the full story…]

Study suggests that pre-operative antibiotics have positive impact on operative morbidity in dental implant surgery

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Earlier this month  (Dental Elf 13th Feb 2013) we reported on a study looking at whether systemic antibiotics were necessary for the placement of dental implants.  That study suggested that antibiotics were not necessary for the placement of single implants.  Today we look at another study that looked at the influence of pre-operative antibiotics on [read the full story…]

Bupivacaine may reduce post-operative pain in patients having single visit root canal treatment

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Elimination of pain during and after root canal treatment is an important element of patient care and modern endodontic practice.  The aim of this study was to compare the postoperative pain and analgesic use after single-visit root canal treatment of acute irreversible pulpitis with either bupivacaine (a long-acting anaesthetic) or lidocaine. Patients with a first [read the full story…]

Sodium hypochlorite and chlorhexidine used as root canal irrigants had similar low postoperative pain rates

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Clean, shape and fill is a well-known mantra for root canal treatment (RoCT) and the use of irrigating solutions is an important element of the process. The aim of this study was to compare the degree of postoperative pain after single-visit RoCT when using two separate irrigation solutions. Patients with a diagnosis of chronic apical [read the full story…]

Taking ibuprofen before wisdom tooth removal does not appear to be more effective for controlling post operative pain

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The removal of lower third molars is one of the commonest surgical procedures. The effective management of post operative pain is an important consideration and it has been suggested that preoperative administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be more effective than post operative administration. The aim of this study was therefore to compare the [read the full story…]