August 2022

Network studies have generated timely, influential publications

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Since its inception in 2005, the network has conducted numerous studies investigating a broad range of clinical topics. In addition to more than 700,000 patients who contributed dental records data, more than 70,000 patients and almost 20,000 practitioners participated in the studies.

Peer-reviewed scientific journal articles are the main way to disseminate the results to academic and practicing dental professionals. Our studies have appeared in 167 publications from 62 different journals between 2006 and 2020. An iCite analysis done in March 2022 revealed a median RCR of 1.40, which demonstrates that the network’s publications have had a greater-than-average influence in their fields. Learn more about what the RCR means and the dissemination efforts of the network in this article recently published by the network.

Tell us what it means to be a member of the Network!

We learned how the network publications have impacted the scientific community. We now would like to hear from you about how your membership in the Nation’s network has impacted your dental practice. What has your experience been?

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Pulpotomy Quick Poll Results

The standard treatment recommended for permanent teeth that are restorable but have irreversible pulpitis, is root canal therapy. Emerging evidence from randomized controlled trials suggest that, when the apical tissues are normal, pulpotomy with tricalcium silicate-based cements could be a successful and more economical intervention. A Quick Poll sought to learn more about these issues to guide further research on endodontics. A total of 416 practitioners answered the poll. The results revealed that:

  • 52% diagnosed irreversible pulpitis in 1 to 5 patients per month, 25% in 6 to 10 patients, and 23% in 10 or more patients.
  • As expected, the majority of practitioners selected root canal therapy (77%) as a common strategy for the management of irreversible pulpitis, with about half selecting it as the single most common strategy (43%).
  • Approximately half of the practitioners used pulpotomy as part of their practice (55%); and 20% included pulpotomy as one of the most common clinical management strategies for irreversible pulpitis with normal apical tissues.
  • Pulpotomy with tricalcium silicate-based cements such as MTA, Biodentine® and EndoSequence Root Repair Material® is a treatment option being employed by 19.5% of the practitioners surveyed.
  • 48% of practitioners were in favor of pulpotomy as a definitive procedure, and 69% of practitioners felt that their patients would be in favor of this procedure.
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Calling all dentists placing implant-supported prosthesis

Dental Implant Registry

Enrollment is now open. If you do prosthetic rehabilitation after implant placement, this study is for you!

Consider joining the dentists who are creating the first National implant registry funded by NIDCR. You will enroll 10 to 15 patients with dental implants, and conduct one clinical examination every year for 3 years to investigate the success of implant therapy, as well as the rate of prosthetic and implant complications.

If you are interested in dental implants and place prosthesis after dental implants, you may be eligible to participate. Contact us!

If you are interested in participating, contact us!

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The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

(grants U19-DE-028717 and U01-DE-028727)

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