Dentofacial deformity: the effect of combined orthodontic-surgical treatment on oral health–related quality of life


This review of the impact of conventional combined orthodontic-surgical treatment (COST) and the surgery-first approach on oral health–related quality of life (OHRQoL)included 24 prospective studies showing an inital decrease tfollowed by an improvement in OHRQoL

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Canine tooth transplantation


This review of canine autotransplantation included 6 low quality studies are suggests good survival although both resorption and ankylosis increase after 5 years

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Corticotomy for facilitating orthodontic treatment – limited research available


14 studies ( 6 RCTs) were included in this review of corticotomy for facilitating orthodontic treatment. While the results found produce statistically and clinically meaningful temporary increases in the rate of orthodontic tooth movement the studies were small and of low quality.

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Orthodontic treatment: limited research on effectiveness of surgical interventions to accelerate treatment


This Cochrane review only identified 4 small short-term trials providing limited evidence for the effectiveness of surgical approaches to accelerate orthodontic treatment. Further research with longer follow up is needed to confirm any possible benefit.

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Distraction osteogenesis: little evidence available of effectiveness in maxillary hypoplasia in cleft lip and palate patients


This review only found 1 study reported in 5 articles at high risk of bias that compared distraction osteogenesis to conventional orthognathic surgery for the treatment of maxillary hypoplasia in cleft lip and palate patients. More high quality trials are needed.

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Only low quality evidence available to assess the effectiveness of surgically facilitated orthodontic treatment

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In treating orthodontic problems in late adolescents and adults there is pressure to shorten treatment time. Surgical techniques such as corticotomy and dental distraction have been proposed as potential approaches. The aim of this review was to address 3 questions; Does surgically facilitated orthodontic treatment significantly increase the velocity of tooth movement and shorten treatment [read the full story…]

Cochrane Protocols July 2013


Two new protocols for Cochrane reviews have appeared on this latest release of the Cochrane Library. The first is Fleming PS, Pandis N, Johal A, El-Angbawi A, Fedorowicz Z. Adjunctive surgical procedures for accelerating tooth movement in patients undergoing orthodontic treatment (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD010572. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010572. [read the full story…]