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Issue: Volume 48 Number 3 - March 2021

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P173  Editorial:  Treating tooth wear in primary dental care by FJT Burke

If general dental practitioner readers can remember back to the halcyon (even if we did not think that it was thus at the time!) pre-pandemic times, they will be aware that the incidence of tooth wear (TW) in their patients was increasing, the volume of the problem being confirmed by a 2018 review...  Read more

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P178  Oral medicine:  A review of non-plaque-related gingival conditions. Part 1: genetic/developmental disorders, specific infections and inflammatory and immune conditions by M Simms, M Lewis

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The dental gingivae are a unique part of the oral anatomy and an integral part of the periodontal tissues. Although the vast majority of abnormalities affecting the gingival tissues are due to a simple inflammatory reaction directly related to the presence of dental plaque, a range of...  Read more

P186  Prosthodontics:  Prosthodontic pathways in the interdisciplinary management of a patient with an ameloblastoma in the maxilla by YKS Nathaliya Susiripala, V Sivaguru

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Ameloblastoma is a benign and locally aggressive neoplasm. The treatment of choice is surgical resection, which, although removing tumour, will often result in aesthetic and functional problems for the patient.   Read more

P193  Orthodontics:  Molar intrusion using TADs in the management of an anterior open bite: a case report by A Sampson, A Payam Sattarzadeh

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The prevalence of an anterior open bite ranges in the literature from 1.5% to 11%, with great racial variance. Stable non-surgical treatment of an anterior open bite is notoriously unpredictable, with a high risk of relapse and an uncertainty of true skeletal change. Temporary anchorage devices...  Read more

P201  Periodontology:  A review of the evidence for the provision of the routine scale and polish for the prevention of periodontal disease by R Birt, CM Healy, D MacCarthy, L Winning

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The routine scale and polish is the most commonly performed treatment procedure in general dental practice. With a large proportion of state dental health expenditure in the UK and Ireland being used to provide 'routine scale and polish' treatments, it is necessary to establish the true value of...  Read more

P207  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:  Bismuth iodoform paraffin paste: history, uses and alternatives in oral and maxillofacial surgery by GK Randhawa, RM Graham, K Singh Matharu

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Bismuth iodoform paraffin paste (BIPP) continues to be widely used in dental/oral and maxillofacial/ENT surgery for surgical cavity packing and wound dressing where pressure, antisepsis and haemostasis is required. We present information on its history and uses, including historical use,...  Read more

P213  Dental public health:  Effective use of translation services in dentistry by KB Patel, EG Walshaw, NI Adam

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Translation services are central to effective communication with patients unable to speak English, or with hearing impairment. This article gives an overview of the cost of translation services in key secondary care locations and provides guidance on how best to optimize their use clinically....  Read more

P217  Oral surgery:  The use of coronectomy to manage symptomatic mandibular third molars: techniques, pitfalls and suggested guidelines by R Bolt, M Hirani, E Kyriakidou, A El-Awa, S Atkins, P Shah

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Coronectomy is a valuable technique in the management of symptomatic mandibular third molars at high risk of inferior alveolar nerve injury. When applied appropriately, the technique may reduce the incidence of inferior alveolar nerve injury in comparison to full surgical removal. Currently, no...  Read more

P225  Restorative dentistry:  Avoiding disasters in restorative dentistry by effective communication by A James Paterson

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A definition of a restorative disaster is proposed. Reasons are discussed that contribute to restorative disasters that primarily focus on dentist factors within the dentist–patient relationship. For prevention of a restorative disaster in the failing dentition, the importance of effective...  Read more

P235  COVID-19:  SARS-CoV-2 variants and COVID-19: an overview by L Samaranayake, K Sadia Fakhruddin

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All viruses, including coronaviruses, change over time. This leads to multiple progenies of viral strains, with virulence traits that are unlike those of their parents. This article provides an overview of how viral variants emerge, and the signs and symptoms of variant-related COVID-19.  Read more

P241  Letters to the Editor:  Letters to the Editor by J Lewis, A Keshtgar, NP Hunt, K Singh, S Grossman, K McMillan

Last week another dentist took their own life. I'm aware of three others during COVID, which is four too many. All were male, all were not young and, as far as I'm aware, none had reached out for help.   Read more

P247  Technique Tips:  Immediate Orthodontic Retention after the Placement of Adhesive Bridges by A Ray-Chaudhuri, R Sunnak, J Grant

Orthodontic retention holds the teeth in the treated position for the period of time necessary to maintain the result and minimise relapse.  Read more

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