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  • A multi-centre evaluation of oral cancer in Southern and Western Nigeria: an African oral pathology research consortium initiative 

    Omitola, Olufemi Gbenga; Soyele, Olujide Oladele; Sigbeku, Opeyemi; Okoh, Dickson; Akinshipo, Abdulwarith Olaitan; Butali, Azeez; Adeola, Henry Ademola (African Field Epidemiology Network, 2017)
    INTRODUCTION: Oral cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths among African populations. Lack of standard cancer registries and under-reporting has inaccurately depicted its magnitude in Nigeria. Development of multi-centre ...
  • Neutral zone or conventional mandibular complete dentures: a randomised crossover trial comparing oral health-related quality of life 

    Greta, Geerts (Wiley, 2017)
    There is widespread consensus that the neutral zone (NZ) concept contributes to improved stability for mandibular complete dentures (CDs). However, little is known about its impact on oral health-related quality of life ...
  • Participants’ preferred choice of practitioner for orofacial symptoms 

    Indermun, S.; Isaacs, Q.; Mulder, Riaan (South African Dental Association, 2017)
    BACKGROUND: Patients seeking treatment from general medical practitioners (GP) may be unaware or ill-informed that dentists are the more appropriate professionals to manage their orofacial symptoms, being able to ...
  • Oral medicine case book 76: Methotrexate induced mucosal erosions and ulcerations 

    Negi, M.; Mulder Van Staden, Sune; Holmes, Haly; Nel, L. (South African Dental Association, 2017)
    A 71-year-old male was referred from his general practitioner to the Oral Medicine Clinic at the University of the Western Cape, Oral Health Centre, Tygerberg campus, on account of a six-week history of recurrent oral ...
  • Endodontic treatment - reamers do break 

    Naidoo, Sudeshni (South African Dental Association, 2013)
    During routine root canal treatment (RCT) of a lower molar tooth, a reamer fractured in one of the root canals. Should I inform the patient? What are my ethical obligations to the patient? Is a broken reamer or file a ...
  • Application of lasers in orthodontics 

    Mulder, Riaan; Melman, Geoffrey; Karic, Vesna (South African Dental Association, 2017)
    Laser is the acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, a usage that dates back to approximately 50 years ago. In 1960, the first functioning laser was built by the American physicist Maiman ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 151 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2017)
    Below is a clinical picture and a radiograph (Fig.1&2) of a thirty five year old female presenting with a slow growing painless lesion of the right parotid gland. The other images are of other patients with the same tumour. ...
  • Oral medicine case book 74: marijuana-induced Oral Leukoplakia 

    Temilola, Dada; Holmes, Haly; Mulder Van Staden, Sune; Afrogheh, Amir (South African Dental Association, 2017)
    A 55-year-old male presented at the Oral Medicine Clinic of the University of the Western Cape, Oral Health Centre, Tygerberg Campus, for the evaluation of a persistent white patch on his right edentulous mandibular ...
  • The imaging characteristics of odontogenic myxoma and a comparison of three different imaging modalities 

    Kheir, Eman; Stephen, Lawrence; Nortje, Christoffel; Janse van Rensburg, Leon; Titinchi, Fadi (Elsevier, 2013)
    OBJECTIVE. To report the imaging characteristics of odontogenic myxoma (OM) and compare the different imaging modalities used. STUDY DESIGN. The radiological images of 33OMcases were retrospectively analyzed. The radiographs ...
  • Cavity preparation using hard tissue lasers in operative dentistry 

    Karic, Vesna; Mulder, Riaan; Melman, Geoffrey (South African Dental Association, 2017)
    A laser is a device that delivers coherent, monochromatic and collimated light as a form of energy. Most dental laser devices emit invisible light in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. On May 7, 1997, ...
  • Social gradient in the cost of oral pain and related dental service utilisation among South African adults 

    Ayo-Yusuf, Imade J.; Naidoo, Sudeshni (BMC Oral Health, 2016)
    Background: Oral pain affects people's daily activities and quality of life. The burden of oral pain may vary across socio-economic positions. Currently, little is known about the social gradient in the cost of oral pain ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 116 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2013)
    The clinical picture and radiographs below are of two different patients with the same lesion. The upper pictures are of a 30-year old female who presented with a three year history of swelling in the anterior mandible. ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 115 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2013)
    An 18-year-old female referred by her dental practioner, with the main complaint that the lower left second premolar tooth (35), is mobile. She also complains of gastrointestinal problems, nausea, bone pain and muscle ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 114 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2013)
    This twelve year old patient presented at our Department with the main complaint that he had difficulty in opening his mouth. Clinical examination revealed a swelling in the region of the right zygoma. What is the most ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 112 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2013)
    This fourteen year old male patient presented with a fast growing painful mass at the left angle of the mandible, showing mucosal ulceration and a loose 37. He also experienced a “pins and needles” sensation on the same ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 111 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2013)
    This 40-year-old Caucasoid male presented at the Faculty with the main complaint of a dull pain in the right temporomandibular joint during function, and a small lump in front of his ear. The discomfort in the joint had ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 110 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2013)
    This eight-year-old child presented at the faculty with the main complaint of a swelling that has been increasing in size over the last nine months. He also mentioned that his lower right first molar tooth has not erupted. ...
  • Maxillo-facial radiology case 109 

    Nortje, Christoffel (South African Dental Association, 2013)
    This nine-year-old Caucasian boy presented at the Dental Faculty with a history of a slow-growing swelling of the mandible in the 43-45 region. The time of onset was unknown. On examination, the lesion was about 3 cm in ...
  • Use of antibacterial nanoparticles in Endodontics 

    Ibrahim, A. I. O.; Moodley, Desi; Petrik, Leslie; Patel, Naren (South African Dental Association (SADA), 2017)
    Several root canal irrigants and medicaments are available to combat endodontic pathogens. However, evidence of complete elimination of these pathogens by the use of these solutions is not recorded in the literature. ...
  • Sedating children in South Africa 

    Gray, Rebecca; Roelofse, James (Taylor & Francis, 2017)
    Regarding 'Sedation for paediatric auditory electrophysiology in South Africa' we thank the authors for publishing their research thereby giving us documentary proof of what we know to be widespread practice. Sedation ...

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