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J Prosthet Dent. 2016 Nov;116(5):663-740. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2016.09.003. Epub 2016 Oct 27.

Annual review of selected scientific literature: Report of the committee on scientific investigation of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

Author information

1
Professor, Biomaterials, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, N.C. Electronic address: Terry_donovan@dentistry.unc.edu.
2
Private practice, Ferrara, Italy.
3
Private practice, Baltimore, Md.
4
Professor, Advanced Prosthodontics University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, Tenn.
5
Vice President, Delta Dental, Stevens Point, Wis.
6
Private practice, Downer's Grove, Ill.
7
Private practice, Columbus, Ohio.
8
Private practice, Montpellier, France.

Abstract

STATEMENT OF PROBLEM:

It is clear the contemporary dentist is confronted with a blizzard of information regarding materials and techniques from journal articles, advertisements, newsletters, the internet, and continuing education events. While some of that information is sound and helpful, much of it is misleading at best.

PURPOSE:

This review identifies and discusses the most important scientific findings regarding outcomes of dental treatment to assist the practitioner in making evidence-based choices. This review was conducted to assist the busy dentist in keeping abreast of the latest scientific information regarding the clinical practice of dentistry.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Each of the authors, who are considered experts in their disciplines, was asked to peruse the scientific literature published in 2015 in their discipline and review the articles for important information that may have an impact on treatment decisions. Comments on experimental methodology, statistical evaluation, and overall validity of the conclusions are included in many of the reviews.

RESULTS:

The reviews are not meant to stand alone but are intended to inform the interested reader about what has been discovered in the past year. The readers are then invited to go to the source if they wish more detail.

CONCLUSIONS:

Analysis of the scientific literature published in 2015 is divided into 7 sections, dental materials, periodontics, prosthodontics, occlusion and temporomandibular disorders, sleep-disordered breathing, cariology, and implant dentistry.

PMID:
28236412
DOI:
10.1016/j.prosdent.2016.09.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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