Anxiety and pain during dental treatment

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35 studies investigating 47 clinical groups were included in this review of the association between dental anxiety and pain during dental treatment. The findings suggest a consistent impact on pain through the entire period of dental treatment.

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Intrusive luxation in permanent teeth

PDS scores at follow up showed gains were maintained

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.

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Mandibular condylar fractures: is surgical or non-surgical approach best?

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Review of 36 studies at high risk of bias suggests that surgical treatment of mandibular condylar fractures provides a better clinical outcome for post-treatment malocclusion, protrusion, laterotrusion, and lateral deviation during maximal incisal opening in comparison to non-surgical treatment. But more patients affected by post-treatment infection.

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Peri-implantitis: lack of high quality evidence for surgical approaches

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Today we look at a review of surgical treatments for the management of peri-implantitis. 21 studies were identified but only 5 were randomised trials, only one of which was at low risk of bias. While all approaches provided some benefit the available evidence is limited.

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Available evidence for various aspects of surgical removal of third molars is very low to moderate

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The surgical removal of third molars (wisdom teeth) is one of the commonest operations performed. It is usually carried out because of infection associated with a partially erupted and impacted tooth. The aim of this update to a Cochrane review was to compare the relative benefits and risks of different techniques for undertaking various aspects [read the full story…]

Should we use antibiotics to prevent complications from the removal of third molars?

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The use of antibiotics to prevent complications from the removal of third molars is a cause of debate. The aim of this review was to assess the efficacy of antibiotics in preventing infectious complications after third molar surgery What did they do The Medline Embase, ,and Cochrane databases were searched together with the references in [read the full story…]

Periodontal treatment can moderately improve quality of life

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Traditionally the response of periodontal disease to treatment has most commonly been measured using the surrogate markers of; bleeding on probing (BOP); pocket probing depth (PPD) and clinical attachment loss (CAL).  This review aims to review whether a patient orientation measure (POEM) such as quality of life can measure the effect of treatment. What did [read the full story…]

Arthroscopy for temporomandibular disorders

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Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) comprise a group of clinical  problems that involve the masticatory muscles, the temporomandibular joint and associated structures, or both. They may also involve many organic, psychological and psychosocial factors. The aetiology of TMDs is still not clear. The aim of this Cochrane review was to assess the effectiveness of arthroscopy for the [read the full story…]