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When is it a good time to manage facial fractures? A systematic review

This summary is based on the article published in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: The effect of treatment timing on the management of facial fractures: a systematic review (August 2014) M. J. L. Hurrell, M. D. Batstone   Context Facial fractures are a common presentation to hospitals worldwide. Their treatment has evolved dramatically in recent decades, particularly since the introduction of open reduction and internal fixation. However, many uncertainties remain. The relevance of delay from injury to treatment is commonly disputed amongst surgeons and in the literature. Intuitively, delaying the treatment of facial fractures could increase the risk of infection, the likelihood of technical difficulties, and the discomfort experienced ...

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How successful are implants for orthodontic anchorage and what are the reasons of their failures?

This summary is based on the article published in Implant Dentistry: Implants for Orthodontic Anchorage: Success Rates and Reasons of Failures (April 2014) Juan C. Rodriguez, DDS, Fernando Suarez, DDS, Hsun-Liang Chan, DDS, MS, Miguel Padial-Molina, DDS, PhD, and Hom-Lay Wang, DDS, MSD, PhD Context In orthodontics, controlled forces are applied in specific directions to move teeth from improper locations into what is considered an “ideal” physiologic/esthetic location. To provide the movement, a steady and strong support known as orthodontic anchor is required. Anchorage, by definition, is a resistance to displacement provided by a static object. The most common anchor used is the patient’s own dentition; however, in some cases, the anchorage is limited or ...

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Video Presentation: How important is patient satisfation? Study Findings

This is the summary of the findings of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network’s study of satisfaction of patients who received a restorative treatment. Watch the video   Patient satisfaction is important due to its: Impact on the likelihood of a patient choosing a dentist, making, and keeping appointments. Impact on the patients’ oral healthcare and on maintaining regular dental care. Study Purpose Determine patient satisfaction with components of a restoration visit. Identify factors associated with greater patient satisfaction. Examine whether dentists are aware of their patient’s satisfaction. Study Findings The highest levels of satisfaction were seen for the friendliness of the ...

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Video Presentation: Repair or Replace a Defective Restoration? Study Findings

This is the summary of the findings of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network’s study on repair or replacement of defective restorations.  Watch the video   Purpose of the Study Determine whether dentists in practices in the Dental PBRN are more likely to repair rather than replace a restoration that they diagnose as defective. Quantify the specific reasons for repairing or replacing restorations. Test the hypothesis that certain dentist-, patient-, and restoration-related variables are associated with the decision between repairing and replacing restorations. Study Findings Dentists were more likely to replace rather than repair by a 3-fold difference. Dentists who placed ...

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The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network: The Newest Oasis Discussions Contributor

We are pleased to announce that the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network has joined Oasis Discussions as a contributor.  Canadian dentists are welcome to enroll in the network to receive information and communication regarding the network’s studies and study results.  Although primarily devoted to providing health care services, the network is a group of outpatient care practices that has affiliated as a group and with an academic health center to investigate research questions and to share experiences and expertise. The network constitutes an organization that transcends any single research project. The network is an effort to help dental professionals directly improve ...

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How effective is antimicrobial photodynamic therapy in the treatment of oral fungal infections? A systematic review of currently available evidence

This summary is based on the article published in the Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences:  Treatment of oral fungal infections using antimicrobial photodynamic therapy: a systematic review of currently available evidence (May 2014)

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