Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2012 has been published!

Issue 2 of the Cochrane Library for 2012 has been released, and features 1 new review, 1 review update and 2 new protocols from the Cochrane Oral Health Group.

New Review: Interventions for replacing missing teeth: partially absent dentition
by Elliot Abt, Alan B Carr, Helen V Worthington

The aim of this review is to assess the effects of different prostheses for the treatment of partially absent dentition in terms of the following outcomes: long-term success, function, morbidity and patient satisfaction. Twenty one trials were included, and the review compares the options available to those patients presenting with some missing teeth.

Review Update: Interventions for replacing missing teeth: management of soft tissues for dental implants
by Marco Esposito, Hassan Maghaireh, Maria Gabriella Grusovin, Ioannis Ziounas, Helen V Worthington

The search for this review has been updated, but the conclusions are unchanged. The focus of this review is the management of soft tissues around dental implants. Dental implants are usually placed by elevating a soft tissue flap, but in some instances, they can also be placed without flap elevation to reduce postoperative discomfort. The review looks at the different techniques involved.

New Protocol: Interventions for the management of dry mouth: non-pharmacological interventions
by Gemma Bryan, Susan Furness, Sarah Birchenough, Roddy McMillan, Helen V Worthington

This new protocol will complement the existing review: Interventions for the management of dry mouth: topical therapies. It will look at non-drug therapies for the treatment of xerostomia, a common complaint which can cause a dry, sticky mouth, difficulty in chewing food, a decrease in taste sensation and irritation with dentures. The interventions investigated will include electrostimulation, lasers and acupuncture.

New Protocol: Metal-free materials for fixed prosthodontic restorations
by Carlo E Poggio, Carlo Ercoli, Carlo Monaco, Marco Esposito

This review will consider the effects of metal-free materials for prosthodontic restorations compared to metal-ceramic or other conventional all-metal materials. It will look at all types of metal-free materials for fixed prosthodontic treatment. Studies comparing metal-free systems (single crowns, fixed dental prostheses (FDPs), complete arch prostheses) among themselves and to other conventional prosthodontic restorations will be considered. Studies comparing metal-free prosthodontic components connected to implants (abutments, crowns, FDPs, complete arch prostheses) to all metal (gold, titanium, semiprecious, etc) components will also be included.

This month’s editorial focuses on the Cochrane Strategic Review, follow the link to read Editor-in-Chief David Tovey’s vision for the future of Cochrane, and how you can contribute to it.

Other highlights include Stem Cell Treatment for Myocardial Infarction and Cold Water Immersion for Preventing and Treating Muscle Soreness.