New publications from the Cochrane Oral Health Group in the Cochrane Library, Issue 4 for 2012

The Cochrane Oral Health Group has one new review and one new protocol now available in the Cochrane Library, Issue 4 for 2012.

New review: Interventions for the management of temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis
by Raphael Freitas de Souza, Claudia H Lovato da Silva, Mona Nasser, Zbys Fedorowicz, Mohammed A Al-Muharraqi

This review investigates the effects of different surgical and non-surgical therapeutic options for patients with osteoathritis in the temporomandibular joint (the joint connecting the jawbone to the face). Three trials were included in the review, finding weak evidence indicating that intra-articular injections of sodium hyaluronate (a natural constituent of cartilage) and betamethasone (an anti-inflammatory steroid) had equivalent effectiveness in reducing pain and discomfort. Occlusal adjustment, food supplements and ibuprofen were among other treatments investigated.

New protocol: Gingival retraction for fixed prosthodontic treatment
by Zhaoyang Ban, Yuanyuan Jia, Chunjie Li, Zhimin Zhu, Yu Ban, Zongdao Shi

This review intends to assess the effects of different gingival retraction methods used with any type of abutment (teeth and implants) in fixed prosthodontic treatment, with regard to the outcomes of gingivitis, periodontitis, aesthetics, and tooth sensitivity.

Other highlights of the Cochrane Library, Issue 4 for 2012:

See also the Editorial on the COMET (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials) Initiative and its role in improving Cochrane Reviews