Digital impressions- faster or slower than conventional procedures?

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In his debut blog Kenny Strain considers a new review which compares the working times for digital versus conventional impressions as well as patient centered outcomes. The review suggest a patient preference for the digital approach.

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Complete dentures: which occlusal scheme is best?

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17 studies (11 RCTs) were included in this review of occlusal schemes for complete dentures suggesting that bilateral balanced occlusion does not confer better quality of life/satisfaction or masticatory performance and muscle activity.

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Primary teeth: which restorative material last longer?

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This review of the longevity of posterior restoration in primary teeth included 31 studies. composite resin had the lowest annual failure rate while stainless steel crowns had the highest success rate. The studies all have a high risk of bias so the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART)

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15 RCTs were included in this Cochrane review of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) comparing with conventional treatment for managing dental caries lesions in the primary and permanent teeth provided low quality evidence that ART using H-GIC may have a higher risk of restoration failure in primary teeth.

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Metal-free fixed dental prosthesis – insufficient evidence to support or refute effectiveness

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Only 9 small RCTs were included in this Cochrane review of metal-free materials for prosthodontic restorations providing insufficient evidence to support or refute the effectiveness of metal-free materials for fixed prosthodontic treatment over metal-ceramic or other type of standard restorations.

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Denture hygiene practices

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25 studies were included in this review of denture hygiene practices. Mechanical interventions in conjunction with chemical agents were the most effective, Denture brushing was the most common patient practice.

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Shortened dental arch: does prosthetic treatment have a positive impact?

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This small trial compared the restoration of the posterior reduced dental arch with either a denture or no denture. They found greater satisfaction and quality of life in the no denture group.

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Do overdentures improve nutrient status?

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This review comparing the impact of overdentures with conventional dentures on nutritional status included 8 studies finding no difference in relation to BMI, albumin or vitamin B12 6 months 
after treatment among the older population

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Dental implant placement into fresh extraction sockets

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Mark-Steven Howe considers this review of dental implants placed into fresh extraction socket. While 30 studies were included in the review he looks closely at the 3 studies with the longest follow up.

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Dental implants: survival rates in patients with osteoporosis

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15 observational studies were included in this review of implant survival in patients with osteoporosis. while the findings suggest no difference compared to healthy patients the quality of the included studies is low so the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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