All-ceramic implant-supported single crowns

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This review of survival and technical complication rates of all-ceramic implant-supported single crowns included 41 mainly observational studies suggesting high survival rates for all-ceramic implant supported single crowns.

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Titanium or resorbable plates for orthognathic surgery

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This Cochrane review compared titanium & bioresorbable fixation systems for orthognathic surgery. Only 2 RCTS were identified providing insufficient evidence to determine if titanium plates or resorbable plates are superior.

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Limited study suggests that use of semi-rigid plates and screws reduce mandibular fracture treatment costs

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Fractures of the mandible are a common occurrence.  Two approaches to treatment of mandibular fractures are; rigid fixation using large titanium plates and bicortical screws that function in a load-bearing manner using Arbeitsge-menschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen (AO) principles or semi-rigid fixation using small titanium plates and monocortical screws that function in a load-sharing manner placed according [read the full story…]

Longer term outcomes of biodegradable plates for maxillofacial surgery

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Yesterday I looked at a systematic review of biodegradable plates for orthognathic surgery. One of the trials included in the review  (Buijs et al) had reported outcomes at 8 weeks. Recently the authors of that study have reported 2-year results (van Bakelen et al). The original aim of the study was to compare the clinical [read the full story…]