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P181  Editorial:  An urgent message for the four UK Chief Dental Officers by FJT Burke

I have recently reminded readers that The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty, signed by the UK and over 100 countries from all over the world in October 2013 with the intention of protecting human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It contains clauses...  Read more


P182  Restorative dentistry:  The Options for a Tooth that Requires Root Canal Treatment by S Eliyas, P Briggs, JE Gallagher

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There have been many advances in the replacement of teeth, especially using dental implants. There are a number of other options for when a tooth is lost; however, there is also value in maintaining a tooth with the provision of root canal treatment and a good coronal seal. This article summarizes...  Read more

P197  Oral Health:  The Dentist’s Role in Smoking Cessation Management - A Literature Review and Recommendations: Part 1 by RM Keat

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In Europe, 29% of individuals identify as smokers, with tobacco use directly related to 650,000 mortalities each year across the continent; roughly 14% of all deaths. From a dental perspective, smoking is directly implicated in numerous chronic, and potentially life-threatening, sequelae which...  Read more

P207  Restorative dentistry:  Post-operative Sensitivity and Posterior Composite Resin Restorations: A Review by J Sabbagh, J Claude Fahd, RJ McConnell

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With an increasing use of posterior composite resin restorations, the incidence of post-operative sensitivity has become an everyday clinical problem. The aim of this paper is to identify the possible causes of post-operative sensitivity and explore how it can be avoided and treated.  Read more

P215  Orthodontics:  An Alternative Approach to Replacement of an Avulsed Central Incisor by AA Lakhani, AMC Flett

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This report describes the case of a young girl who underwent orthodontic and restorative treatment following the ankylosis of an UR1. The case sets out an alternative treatment to prosthetic replacement following the loss of an incisor tooth.   Read more

P227  Paediatric Dentistry /Oral Medicine:  Lichen Planus in Children by M Agel, M Al-Chihabi, H Zaitoun, MH Thornhill, AM Hegarty

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Lichen Planus (LP) is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the skin and mucous membranes. It is more frequently seen in the middle-aged and elderly population but can be present in children, although this is relatively rare. This paper describes the presentation and management of lichen planus in...  Read more

P236  Patient Management:  Understanding Our Patient Base: An Introduction to Data Analytics in Dental Practice by R Pritchett, S Coleman, J Campbell, S Pabary

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Dental practices are continually collecting patient data but it is often an underutilized resource. There is a growing trend towards use of data analytics within companies to guide business decisions. For dental practices which use digital systems, a large reserve of patient information is readily...  Read more

P247  Implant Dentistry:  Soft Tissue Profile around Dental Implants Placed in the Aesthetic Zone - A Biological Update by S Gupta, A Ichalangod Narayan, A Vijay, D Balakrishnan

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The success attained with endosseous implants is well documented in the literature but complications are inevitable due to high risk factors associated with bacterial related breakdown of osseointegration and peri-implant mucosa. It is now apparent that maintenance of a complete seal of the...  Read more

P256  Periodontics:  The Impact of Medication on the Periodontium: A Review of the Literature by S Khalid, D Chatzistavrianou, F Blair

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Periodontal disease is a plaque-related disease. Although systemic medications cannot initiate periodontal disease, they can, however, adversely affect the periodontal tissues and exacerbate existing disease. Medications can have an effect on oral health, periodontal disease diagnosis, gingival and...  Read more

P266  Updates from America:  Charles John Palenik, GC Infection Prevention and Control Consultants and Infection Control Writing Support, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. by C John Palenik

Wearing gloves and proper hand hygiene (HH) are two major tenets of today’s dental office infection control programme. In fact, the two activities are mutually inclusive. Their protective success depends on the correct application of the other.   Read more

P271  Technique Tips:  Technique Tips: Patient Information Leaflet Information for Patients for whom Deep Caries has been Sealed into a Vital Asymptomatic Tooth by FJT Burke

The concept of sealing deep caries into a vital asymptomatic tooth, rather than removing all caries and risking a pulpal exposure with all the inevitable sequelae (ranging from pulp-capping to root canal-filling), has gained increasing acceptance from the time when Mertz-Fairhurst and colleagues...  Read more