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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Root canal disinfection –sodium hypochlorite or chlorhexidine as an irrigant?

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This review only identified 5 small studies that provided insufficient evidence to compare outcomes using sodium hypochlorite and chlorhexidine for root canal disinfection. Additional high quality RCTs are required.

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Review finds limited evidence for predisposing factors for irrigant extrusion during root canal treatment

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Irrigation of root canals is an integral part of root canal treatment. A range of irrigant materials have been used with sodium hypochlorite being the material most currently favoured.  However this and other agents can cause damage if not kept within the confines of the root canal system.  The aim of this review was to [read the full story…]

Which pulp dressing after pulpotomy in primary molars?

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The aim of this study was to compare the use of ferric sulphate (FS), formocresol (FC), mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) and sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) as pulp dressing following pulpotomy in primary molars. Symptom-free vital primary molars with carious pulp exposure with the possibility of proper restoration of the teeth with a minimum of three walls [read the full story…]

Insufficient reliable evidence showing the superiority of any one individual irrigant agent for use during root canal treatment

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Earlier this week (11th Sept ) we reported on a trial that compared the use of two different irrigant solutions during root canal treatment (RoCT). Now a review that aims to assess the effects of irrigants used in the non-surgical of mature permanent teeth has been published on the Cochrane Library. The usual sound Cochrane [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…]