• Dentistry Lacks Sufficient Research to Substantiate Many Procedures

    A Cochrane review of dental studies finds many of the standard dental and cosmetic treatments are not substantiated by research. For instance, they could not find enough evidence to support or oppose the surgical removal of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth, to prove if antibiotic prophylaxis is effective or ineffective in those at risk for bacterial endocarditis before a dental procedure, and only three trials were found analyzing the efficacy of filling cavities in primary teeth, none of which were conclusive. In other words, much of the research in the field of dentistry is sadly lacking. While the recommendations may be appropriate, they may also not be, and many simply do not have adequate evidenced-based science to warrant their use.

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  • Dentistry Lacks Sufficient Research to Substantiate Many Procedures

    Agreed very much about not preemptivelyremoving wisdom teeth. As a young person I was told for years mine would have to come out. I told the dentists I'd have them out only if they became a problem that was wrecking my quality of life. Decades later they've been no problem at all, and it shocks whoever's doing my cleanings when I open up and 32 chompers have been there staring them in the face. There's even space behind them.

    Earlier this year I managed to get my last amalgam filling removed, replaced by ceramic.