Third molar surgery – Lingual or buccal-based flaps?

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This review of postoperative discomfort, operative time, and wound healing in the short-term follow-up following surgical extraction of lower third molars with lingual- or buccal-based flaps included 7 RCTs. The quality of the included studies was limited and few differences were seen between the type of flaps.

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Tooth extraction: Do antibiotics prevent complications?

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This Cochrane review update of the effect of systemic antibiotic prophylaxis on the prevention of infectious complications following tooth extractions included 23 studies. There was very-low certainty evidence that prophylactic antibiotics may reduce the risk of infection and dry socket following third molar extraction compared to placebo.

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Alveolar ridge preservation: which grafting material?

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This review of grafting materials for alveolar ridge preservation included 38 small RCTs. 34 different materials were investigated with the findings suggesting that no grafting material increased new bone formation between 3 and 6 months after tooth extraction.

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Third molar extraction: Does closure technique influence post-operative complications?

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This review to assess the influence of two suture methods on the postoperative complications of lower third molar extraction included 5 RCTs . Findings suggest the use of secondary closure has a favourable effect on pain, facial swelling, and trismus but the quality of the evidence is limited.

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Anticoagulants and post-operative bleeding following oral surgery

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This review of the post oral surgery bleeding risk for patients on direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) included 13 observational studies. The findings suggest a three-fold increase in bleeding for those patients on DOACs although the quality of the available evidence is limited.

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Fixed appliance orthodontics: extraction or non-extraction and soft tissue changes

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52 studies were identified for this review of the effect of extraction or non-extraction fixed orthodontic treatment of soft tissue profiles . However they were mainly poor quality retrospective studies providing very low quality evidence suggesting that tooth extractions might be associated with differences in the soft tissue profile compared to non-extraction treatment.

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Bleeding after dental extraction: no evidence from randomised trials

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This update of a 2016 Cochrane Oral Health Group review of interventions for post extraction bleeding was unable to identify any published or ongoing trials assessing interventions. Well conducted and reported randomised controlled trials are needed on this question.

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Third molar extraction – does platelet-rich fibrin improve outcomes?

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6 studies were identified for this review of platelet-rich fibrin to improve outcomes after third molar extraction. The studies were small with contradictory findings so further high quality studies are needed.

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Tooth socket preservation using autologous platelet concentrates

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33 studies were included in this review of the effectiveness of autologous platelet concentrates (APCs) in the preservation of fresh extraction sockets. The studies were mainly small and of less than 6 months duration suggesting a positive effect.

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