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Intrapocket topical anesthetic versus injected anesthetic for pain control during scaling and root (November 2017 Article 2)
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JADA November 2017
In this systematic review and metaanalysis, the authors evaluated the pain during scaling and root planing with use of topical anesthetic versus that with the use of injected anesthetic in adult patients. The authors searched 6 databases for randomized clinical trials in which the investigators compared the clinical effectiveness of intrapocket and injectable anesthetics. The primary outcome was the risk of developing pain or intensity of pain. Quality assessment followed the guidelines from the Cochrane Collaboration’s risk-of-bias tool. The authors performed meta-analyses on studies considered at low and unclear risk of bias.

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