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P5  Editorial:  An action list for the new CDO by FJT Burke

The Chief Dental Officer for England and Wales, Mr Barry Cockroft CBE recently announced his impending retirement after many years of gallant service, and the Department of Health are presently seeking his replacement.   Read more


P7  Oral Microbiology:  Ebola: A Very Dangerous Viral Haemorrhagic Fever by P Crispian Scully

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Ebola is a highly dangerous infectious disease seen mainly in West Africa or travellers from there. All healthcare workers should check the recent travel history of their patients and follow formal guidance issued.   Read more

P24  Orthodontics:  Vacuum-Formed Retainers: An Overview by MJ Meade, DT Millett

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The need for long-term retention following orthodontic treatment is now considered essential to prevent post-orthodontic treatment relapse. The vacuum-formed retainer (VFR) has gained popularity in recent times. This paper describes briefly the characteristics of VFRs and summarizes the evidence in...  Read more

P36  Periodontics:  Functional Crown Lengthening Surgery in the Aesthetic Zone; Periodontic and Prosthodontic Considerations by RM Patel, P Baker

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Crown lengthening surgery aims to increase the amount of supragingival tooth tissue by resection of the soft and/or hard tissues to enable otherwise unrestorable teeth to be restored by increasing the retention and resistance forms of the teeth. Restoration of the worn dentition may require...  Read more

P44  Restorative/Orthodontic/Paediatric Interface:  Challenges in Treating Traumatically Intruded and Ankylosed Permanent Incisors: A Case Report with a Multidisciplinary Approach by S Djemal, T Kärki, G Mack

This report discusses the challenges, complications and management of traumatic intrusion injuries affecting the permanent dentition. A case is described where trimming of the incisal edge of a severely intruded and ankylosed upper lateral incisor resulted in an unexpected re-eruption of the tooth....  Read more

P52  Restorative dentistry:  Prosthetic Rehabilitation of the Gagging Patient using Acrylic Training Plates by R Ali, A Altaie, L Morrow

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Patients with a hyper-responsive gag reflex pose dentists with a challenging problem. The gag reflex of some patients may be so severe that patients (and operating clinician) may favour extraction of any painful, infected teeth as opposed to more lengthy and complicated procedures such as root...  Read more

P60  General Dental practice:  The Use of the Operating Microscope in General Dental Practice Part 2: If you can see it, you can treat it! by SJ Bonsor

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The use of magnification by dental clinicians when carrying out examinations and treatments is becoming more commonplace. The best instrument for this purpose is the operating microscope which has been shown to enhance quality, longevity and outcome of clinical work as well as facilitating better...  Read more

P68  Implantology:  The Role of Dental Implants in the Management of Dento-Alveolar Trauma Part 2 by E Gamble, S Shahdad

Patients who suffer dento-alveolar trauma present a unique challenge for the dentist. There are numerous options to consider when attempting to restore the dentition. This article reviews the role of dental implants and how thorough planning and execution of such treatment could result in an...  Read more

P78  Aesthetic Dentistry:  Patient Assessment: Preparing for a Predictable Aesthetic Outcome by SB Mehta, S Banerji, R Aulakh

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The flux of patients seeking to make changes to the appearance of their smile zone appears to be on a pathway of continual increase. This is possibly due to an increase in awareness towards oral health, and perhaps social, peer and media pressures, respectively. Cohorts of dental practitioners have...  Read more

P88  Dental Practice:  Articaine Hydrochloride: Is it the Solution? by S Hamzeh Aghaie Kakroudi, S Mehta, BJ Millar

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In recent times there has been raised interest regarding the use of articaine hydrochloride as a dental local anaesthetic solution. The use of articaine hydrochloride as a dental local anaesthetic agent has been reported to be safe and effective. Paraesthesia is a rare but unwanted adverse effect...  Read more

P97  Technique Tips:  Distraction Anaesthesia: Applying the Gate Control Theory in Delivering Painless Anaesthesia by A Malik

Local anaesthetic injections are some of the most feared procedures by patients in dentistry. Warming the local anaesthetic solution prior to injecting can play a role in reducing pain during local anaesthetic delivery.   Read more