In this review Iris Vaid looks at a systematic review of the dental pulp response to silver diamine flouride (SDF) treatment. Only a small number of studies focused on the biological effects of SDF on the dental pulp and none of them were clinical trials.[read the full story...]
Vital pulp therapies in the management of nontraumatic pulpitis
Thibault Colloc takes a look at this review of vital pulp therapies in mature and immature permanent teeth with nontraumatic pulpitis. Only 3 RCTs reported in 4 papers involving a total of 330 patients were included. Further high quality well reported studies are needed to clarify the evidence for vital pulp therapies.[read the full story...]
Primary teeth: Efficacy of 3 caries removal strategies
This review of the efficacy of 3 caries removal strategies (complete, selective and stepwise) in primary teeth included 8 RCTs suggesting a lower risk of pulp exposure with selective and stepwise approaches.[read the full story...]
Regenerative endodontic treatment: Does apical diameter affect outcome?
This review of regenerative endodontic treatment included 14 small observational studies of limited quality suggesting a possible influence of apical diameter on clinical outcomes.[read the full story...]
Stepwise and partial-caries-removal –reduces longer term pulpal complications?
This review of stepwise or partial caries removal for deep caries suggesting included 5 studies ( 2 RCTs) of limited quality. Findings suggest better pulpal outcomes with these approaches compare with traditional treatment.[read the full story...]
Intrusive luxation in permanent teeth
This review of treatments for teeth with intrusive luxation included 8 studies. The studies were all considered to be at high risk of bias and suggested that spontaneous re-eruption should be the treatment of choice. However the small number of studies and limited quality means these findings should be interpreted with caution.[read the full story...]
Lasers for caries removal: evidence insufficient to support their use
This Cochrane review included 9 small RCTs with either a high or unclear risk of bias providing evidence that was insufficient to support the use of laser as an alternative to the drill for caries removal.[read the full story...]