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P603  Editorial:  Putting patients’ interests first by FJT Burke

The recently published General Dental Council publication, Standards for the Dental Team1 will, without doubt, have been top of UK readers’ holiday reading. It provides all who work in the UK with guidance on core principles of practice, patient expectations, standards which will ensure that...  Read more


P606  Restorative dentistry:  The Coping-Retained Bridge: A Modified Approach to Conventional Bridge Design − Review and Case Report by SC Campbell, AL Harper, KH Scott

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Missing teeth may be restored with conventional bridgework. A modified approach to traditional bridge design may be necessary to restore edentulous spaces in the presence of poorly aligned abutment teeth and abutment teeth of guarded prognosis. The coping bridge is a useful technique in the...  Read more

P613  Special Care Dentistry:  Special Care Dentistry: Part 1. Dental Management of Patients with Inherited Bleeding Disorders by S Rafique, J Fiske, G Palmer, B Daly

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The most common cause of excessive bleeding is idiopathic, but bleeding can also be caused by inherited or acquired conditions associated with vascular defects, platelet defects or coagulation disorders. This paper will cover inherited bleeding disorders. Every clinician will encounter a patient...  Read more

P630  Infection control:  Can Oil Lubricated Dental Handpieces be Sterilized?:Part 2. Literature Review by R Singh Kudhail

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A literature search revealed six laboratory-based microbial challenge studies which support the opinion that oil contamination does not prevent successful sterilization of the lumen of dental handpieces. However, a detailed appraisal of these papers revealed lack of detail in the cleaning methods...  Read more

P637  Radiology:  Printed Radiographs – Is What You See What You Get? by G Gerrard

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Digital dental radiography allows for exchange of images between primary and secondary care. However, it is common practice for radiographs to be printed out and attached to referrals. This study investigates the loss of diagnostic information of printed radiographs compared to the on-screen...  Read more

P643  Dental Trauma:  Taking the Trauma out of Trauma: An Easy to Follow Guide for the Management of Trauma to the Permanent Dentition by I White, G Spiers

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Treatment of dental trauma can be an infrequent, unpredictable and stressful experience for a dental practitioner. Correct diagnosis and management of such cases is of primary importance in the prognosis of the affected dentition. We have therefore constructed a number of easy to follow algorithms...  Read more

P659  Oral surgery:  The Application of Clinical Audit to Improve Pain Control following Third Molar Surgery by C Bryant, JP Rood

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A telephone survey was used to assess adequacy of pain control after third molar removal in a series of three audits. After each audit, factors contributing to failure to control pain adequately and poor patient compliance with our analgesic regimen were identified. Changes in practice were then...  Read more

P669  Oral medicine:  Giant Cell Arteritis Affecting the Tongue: A Case Report and Review of the Literature by SWJ Grant, HC Underhill, PA Atkin

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Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a systemic vasculitis with symptoms that could cause a patient to present to a general dental practitioner. A case of GCA that presented as headache, jaw claudication, unilateral visual loss and tongue ulceration leading to necrosis is reported and the literature...  Read more

P679  General Dental practice:  Appraisal for General Dental Practitioners by AG Miller, T Kemp

Appraisal has been a key component of staff management of most organizations for more than a decade. This article explores the principles, benefits and stages for effective appraisal in primary dental care.  Read more

P683  Oral medicine:  Oral Medicine:11. Lumps and Swellings: Mouth by DH Felix, J Luker, P Crispian Scully

This series provides an overview of current thinking in the more relevant areas of Oral Medicine, for primary care practitioners. The series gives the detail necessary to assist the primary dental clinical team caring for patients with oral complaints that may be seen in general dental practice....  Read more

P688  Technique Tips:  Technique Tips – Greenstick Modification of Dentures Prior to the Replica Technique: ‘How We Do It’ by HP Beddis, LA Morrow

When providing a patient with new complete dentures, the clinician may use a conventional or replica record block (‘copy’1) technique.   Read more