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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Ferrule effect improved outcomes in endodontically treated teeth?

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The majority of the included studies in this review of the ferrule effect in-vitro studies ( 32 out of 37) and while they indicate greater longevity in teeth with ferrules further information is needed from clinical studies.

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Oral piercings-tooth and gum damage common suggests review

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Twelve observational studies were included in this review which suggested that lip and tongue piercings increased the risk of gum and tooth damage . The relative risk for tooth damage with lip piercings was 1.33 (95%CI; 0.74 to 2.41) and 2.44 (95%CI;1.35 to 4.41) for tongue piercings.

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Review suggests that Cone Beam Computed Tomography may have role in diagnosis of root fractures

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While Computed Tomography (CT) is a well-established diagnostic tool in many areas of medicine it is only since the development of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) that is use in dentistry is beginning to be explored.  2012 saw the publication of new European evidence-based guidelines on CBCT for dental and maxillofacial radiology as a result [read the full story…]

Surgical extrusion for crown-root and cervical root fractures

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Crown-root and cervical root fractures present a restorative challenge due to sub-gingival position of the fracture margin. . A number of treatment approaches have been proposed, crown lengthening, intentional re-implantation, re-attachment of the coronal fragment to root surface, root extrusion (orthodontic or surgical) or extraction.   Two reviews have recently been published ( Das et al [read the full story…]