Inlay-retained fixed dental prosthesis have acceptable 3-yr survival rate suggests review

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This review of inlay-retained fixed dental prosthesis included 11 small mainly observational studies. The studies suggest a 3-yr survival rate of 92.6% (95% CI: 85.8-97.6%) and 5-yr survival rate of 87.9% (95% CI: 77.4-96.1%). However because of the low quality of the available studies and the wide range of inlay designs, framework materials, surface treatments and cement systems used means that the results should be interpreted cautiously.

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Endodontics or extraction and implant for the pulpally involved tooth?

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45 studies are included in this review of endodontic treatment or implants for the pulpally involved tooth. The studies are are observational with few comparative studies and while they summarise success rates for various treatments they should be interpreted cautiously. High quality comparative studies are needed as well as agreement on common reporting outcomes.

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Fibre-reinforced composites fixed partial dentures – survival rates

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9 studies were included in this review of fibre-reinforced composites fixed partial dentures. Only 3 of the included studies were prospective and were considered to be moderate quality. Good survival rates were seen at 4-5years.

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‘All-on-4®’ treatment concept: current evidence limited

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This systematic review of the ‘All-on-4®’ concept for fixed full arch restoration includes 24 studies of limited quality is considered here by Mark-Steven Howe.

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Rigid and non-rigid connections between implants and teeth: biological and technical complications.

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Mark-Steven Howe assesses a systematic review looking at the impact of rigid and non-rigid connectors between natural teeth and implants on the biological, functional and/or the prosthetic complication rates. Ten mainly retrospective studies were included providing limited evidence that needs to be interpreted cautiously.

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Complete overdentures retained by mini implants.

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Mark-Steven Howe looks at a review of complete overdentures supported on mini-implants. Although 24 studies are included the majority are small and short term so while good overall overdenture survival was seen the results should be interpreted with caution.

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Resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses: 5 year survival and complication rates

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This review of survival and complication rates of resin-bonded fixed dental prosthesis included 209 studies. The findings suggest overall survival rates of 91.3 % (95%CI; 88–93.7) . The quality of the available studies suggest that this should be interpreted cautiously.

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Single restorations on root filled posterior teeth

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5 studies at high risk of bias were included in this review of the success of restoration in posterior root filled teeth findings suggest that the more tooth remaining teh better the treatment outcome.

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Autotransplantation of permanent teeth with an open apex

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21 methodologically weak studies were included in this review of autotransplantation of permanent teeth with open apex. The findings suggest good survival and success rates however the limited quality of the studies mean the findings should be interpreted with caution.

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Dental Implants: microthreads in crestal area and marginal bone loss.

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This review of the effect of microthreads on marginal bone loss around implants identified 5 small RCTs with relatively short follow up times. While a beneficial effect was noted the clinical relevance will require more high quality studies with longer follow up period to determine.

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