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Advanced research on root canal therapy for primary teeth
Yu Yi, Zhou Xin, Zheng Liwei
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (2): 205-210.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.02.016
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Primary tooth root canal therapy is a treatment performed on primary teeth diagnosed with pulpitis or periapical periodontitis. This procedure requires perfect instrumentation, disinfection, and filling of root canals to eliminate infection, control inflammation, relieve pain, prevent pathological effects on inherited permanent tooth, and prolong primary tooth preservation. This paper reviews the research history on primary tooth root canal treatment and summarizes the progress on primary tooth root canal treatment, including anatomical morphology, root canal preparation, root canal disinfection, root canal filling, and application of antibiotics.

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Clinical pathway and preparation method of high-precision tooth shoulder platform
Luo Tian, Li Junying, Yu Haiyang
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (6): 712-717.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.06.019
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A clear shoulder platform that can be easily identified by doctors and technicians or machines (mouth scan and warehouse scan) is important to obtaining a good long-term and stable fixed prosthesis treatment effect. At present, the preparation of the shoulder platform is usually based on free hands, and the practical operation is mainly guided by experience. Moreover, no comprehensive and objective preoperative design, intraoperative verification, and final test are available. Thus, the accuracy of shoulder platform preparation needs to be improved. In this study, the clinical pathway of “three determination, three selection, and three steps” with high accuracy of preparation and the precise shoulder preparation method of “bur-tip guidance” are proposed in detail.

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Several important issues concerning occlusal reconstruction
Liu Yang
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (4): 357-363.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.04.001
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Occlusal reconstruction aims to restore the compromised dentition and rehabilitate its function; which is demanding and challenging, even to the well experienced prosthodontists. Analyzing the sophisticate clinical information gives fundamental validity to the subsequent treatment planning. In the whole process, the applied workflow should ensure the transmission of diagnostic information without compromise or error. Certain procedures predetermine the clinical outcome, and they should be given due attention. In this review, the key considerations, including analyzing the pathogenesis for the worn dentition, were briefly addressed to better understand the occlusal reconstruction.

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Diagnosis and treatment of ankyloglossia in newborns and infants
Ji Yuezhi, Ruan Wenhua
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (4): 443-448.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.04.016
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Ankyloglossia is a congenital condition characterized by a short lingual frenulum, which may result in the restriction of tongue movement and function. Considerable controversy regarding the diagnosis, clinical significance, and management of the condition remains, and great variations in practice have been recorded. Indeed, attitudes toward ankyloglossia differ among professional groups, and opinions may vary remarkably even among those within the same specialty. This article reviews the embryology, genetics, diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatment of ankyloglossia to help physicians better understand and treat the condition.

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Treatment strategy for pregnancy epulis
Cheng Guoping, Ye Changchang, Tang Jing, Meng Shu, Wu Yafei, Ding Yi
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (6): 718-725.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.06.020
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Pregnancy epulis is a tumor-like lesion with high prevalence in China. The local lesion, the general condition of the pregnant patient, and the complications during treatment should be taken into consideration when making a treatment plan for pregnancy epulis. In this study, three representative pregnancy epulis cases were presented, and related studies at home and aboard were reviewed to summarize the etiology, differential diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pregnancy epulis and share the clinical experience in the treatment of pregnancy epulis.

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China experts' consensus on preventive and interceptive orthodontic treatments of malocclusions of children
Li Xiaobing, Ye Quanfu, He Hong, Lu Haiping, Zhu Min, Jiang Ruoping, Zou Shujuan, Han Xianglong, Zhou Li, Chen Ke, Yuan Xiao, Zhang Junmei, Tan Lijun, Yin Chang, He Zhou, Li Ang, Cheng Bin, Ruan Wenhua, Huang Fang, Liu Juan, Ma Lan, Zou Rui, Yang Fang, Zhang Weibing, Tian Yulou, Jiang Beizhan, Shao Linqin, Huang Yang, Tang Liqin, Gao Li, Zhou Chenchen
West China Journal of Stomatology    2021, 39 (4): 369-376.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2021.04.001
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Malocclusion is one of the three most common oral diseases reported by World Health Organization(WHO). In China, its incidence rate is rising. Malocclusion seriously affects the dental and maxillofacial function, facial appearance and growth development of nearly 260 million children in China, and what is more, it affects their physical and mental health development. Malocclusion occurrence is related to genetic and environmental factors. Early treatment of malocclusion can create a good dental and maxillofacial development environment, correct abnormal growth and control the adverse effects of abnormal genetic factors. It can effectively reduce the prevalence of children's malocclusion and enhance their physical and mental health. This is an urgent need from the economic perspective of our society, so it has great practical and social significance. Experts from the project group “standard diagnose and treatment protocols for early orthodontic intervention of malocclusions of children” which initiated by China National Health Institute of Hospital Administration wrote the “China Experts' Consensus on Preventive and Interceptive Orthodontic Treatments of Malocclusions of Children”, which aims to guide and popularize the clinical practice, improve the clinical theory and practice level, and accelerate the disciplinary development of early treatment of children's malocclusion in China. The consensus elaborates the harmfulness of malocclusion and the necessity of early treatment, and brings up the principles and fundamental contents. Based on the law of dental and maxillofacial development, this paper puts forward the guiding suggestions of preventive and interceptive treatments in different stages of dental development ranging from fetus to early permanent dentition. It is a systematic project to promote and standardize the early treatment of malocclusion. Through scientific and comprehensive stratified clinical practice and professional training, the clinical system of early treatment of malocclusion in China will eventually be perfected, so as to comprehensively care for children's dental and maxillofacial health, and improve their oral and physical health in China.

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Impacted molar upright with self-made helical spring
Xu Yanzhe, Li Zhihua
West China Journal of Stomatology    2021, 39 (3): 362-367.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2021.03.018
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With a case of mesial impaction of maxillary first and second molar, the mechanical analysis and clinical applications of a self-made helical spring for the uprighting treatment of mesial impacted molars was introduced.

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Distal-triangular flap design for impacted mandibular third molars: a randomized controlled trial
Liu Jiyuan, Liu Chang, Pan Jian, Qu Tao, Hua Chengge.
West China Journal of Stomatology    2021, 39 (5): 598-604.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2021.05.016
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This prospective study was performed to evaluate whether the distal-triangular flap was a practical alternative surgical approach for extracting mandibular third molars.


Sixty participants with impacted mandibular third molars were randomly divided into three groups: group A, distal-triangular flap; group B, Szmyd flap; and group C, envelope flap. The impacted third molars were extracted by the corresponding flapping method. During a three-month follow-up observation after the extraction, the postoperative pain, swelling, mouth opening, and periodontal status were recorded and analyzed by ANOVA and chi-square tests.


The 60 participants had successful extraction and 3-month follow-up observation. No participant suffered from postoperative infections, lower lip disorder, or tongue sensory disorders. No statistical differences were found in the postoperative symptoms and signs of the three flap designs, such as postoperative pain, swelling, mouth opening, and periodontal status (P>0.05).


The distal-triangular flap was as safe and reliable as the Szmyd and envelope flaps but more advantageous because of its convenient operative field exposure and low requirement for the patient's mouth opening. Thus, the distal-triangular flap is one of the alternative flap options for extracting impacted mandibular third molars.

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Factors influencing clinical application of bulk-fill composite resin
Xue Jing
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (3): 233-239.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.03.001
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Bulk-fill composite resin are simple to operate, and they reduce polymerization shrinkage and microleakage compare to traditional resin-based composites. However, their clinical application could be affected by numerous factors, such as the material itself, light curing, placement techniques, storage condition, and preheating. This review aimed to summarize the definitions, classifications, indications, clinical properties, and influencing factors of the clinical application of bulk-fill resin-based composites and discuss the ways to improve their clinical effectiveness.

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Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw caused by implant: a case report
Wu Pingfan, Li Yu, Lei Zhenge, Chen Linlin
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (4): 460-463.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.04.019
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Osteonecrosis of the jaw could occur after intake of bisphosphonate drugs, which are widely used to treat osteoporosis and bone metastasis of malignant tumors. This effect has aroused concern among dentists. In this paper, a case of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis caused by implant is reported, and the pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of bisphosphonate drug-induced osteonecrosis are described through a literature review. The effects of bisphosphonate drug treatment on dental implants are also discussed.

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Insights into peri-implantitis and its prevention
Song Yingliang, Zhang Sijia
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (5): 479-483.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.05.001
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Peri-implantitis is one of the most common complications in dental implant treatment. Peri-implantitis is a crucial implication of implant failure, which is characterized by high morbidity and intractability. Thus, how to understand peri-implantitis correctly and deeply, and how to prevent its occurrence, are important problems that every dental implant surgeon has to face.

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New diagnostic classification of cheilitis and its clinical diagnostic pathway
Qiu Xuemei, Jiang Lu
West China Journal of Stomatology    2021, 39 (2): 238-244.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2021.02.019
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Cheilitis is a general term for various types of inflammatory diseases that occur on the lips. The etiology differs and the clinical manifestations and pathological features overlap, leading to difficulties in clinical diagnosis. Reasonable classification is conducive to the diagnosis of cheilitis. However, its classification is difficult because of its cha-racteristics. At present, scholars have proposed two different classification schemes, but a unified classification standard has not yet been established. We classified cheilitis based on its etiology, clinical manifestations, pathological characteristics, and relationship with systemic and special diseases on the basis of special medical reports and by combining clinical practice experience and summarizing previous cheilitis diagnosis and treatment literature. In accordance with this classification method, we proposed suggestions for the clinical diagnosis of cheilitis to provide a reference for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of complex cheilitis.

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Mechanism, prevention, and treatment for medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws
Pan Jian, Liu Jiyuan
West China Journal of Stomatology    2021, 39 (3): 245-254.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2021.03.001
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The morbidity rate of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ) increased rapidly in recent years. Thusfar, the mechanism of MRONJ has no consensus. The possible mechanisms may include bone remodeling inhibition theory, angiogenesis inhibition theory, oral microorganism infection theory, immunosuppression theory, cytotoxicity-targeted oral epithelial cells, microcrack formation of maxillary or mandibular bone, and single nucleotide polymorphism. However, the efficacy of prevention and treatment based on a single mechanism is not ideal. Routine oral examination before MRONJ-related drug treatment, treatment of related dental diseases, and regular oral follow-up during drug treatment are of great significance for the prevention of MRONJ. During the treatment of MRONJ, the stage of MRONJ must be determined accurately, treatment must be standardized in accordance with the guidelines, and personalized adjustments must be made considering the specific conditions of patients. This review aimed to combine the latest research and guidelines for MRONJ and the experiences on the treatment of MRONJ in the Maxillofacial Surgery Department of West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University, and discuss the strategies to improve the clinical process.

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Effect of decompression combined with curettage and autogenous bone cement implantation on large cysts of the jaw
Liu Yixiu, Qu Yang, Li Zhenhua, Wang Hongpeng
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (4): 464-469.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.04.020
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Decompression and curettage can result are effective as treatments for large jaw cysts, which are common diseases in the clinic. Based on a treatment used in a previous study, this paper proposes a “three-step method” to treat large jaw cyst and repair the bone defect by decompression, curettage, and autologous dental bone powder implantation. This paper introduces the processes and key points of the operation involved in the abovementioned method.

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Effect of preheating on the properties of resin composite
Xue Jing, Yang Bina
West China Journal of Stomatology    2019, 37 (6): 571-576.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2019.06.001
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Resin composite, which is commonly used as a dental filling material, has some problems, such as poor wear resistance, polymerization shrinkage, and poor dentin marginal adaptability. Preheating of resin composite improves its properties. This paper reviewed the effects of resin composite preheating on its monomer conversion, marginal microleakage, mechanical properties, and irritation on dental pulp.

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Digital workflow of orthodontic and prosthetic treatment for subgingival residual root preservation guided by target restoration space
Guo Jia, Min Jie, Li Juan, Yu Haiyang
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (5): 598-601.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.05.022
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The use of orthodontic traction to preserve healthy subgingival residual root is a classical method combining the treatment of restoration and orthodontics. Based on the target restoration space (TRS), by establishing a TRS digital model, the final traction position of the subgingival residual root can be preset. After evaluating the key parameters such as crown-to-root ratio and minimum crown height, clinicians can estimate the treatment time and exclude cases with bad preset position. The time of traction treatment can be effectively reduced, and the efficiency and efficacy of the entire treatment can also be improved.

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Current dental implant design and its clinical importance
Ye. Lin
West China Journal of Stomatology    2017, 35 (1): 18-28.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2017.01.003
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The development of clinical implant dentistry was intensively affected by dental implant design improvement and innovation, which brought about new concept, even milestone-like changes of clinical protocol. The current improve-ments of dental implant design and their clinical importance could be highlighted as followings: 1) The implant apical design influences the implant preliminary stability in immediate implant. The apical 3-5 mm design of implant makes implant stable in immediate implant, because this part would be screwed into alveolar bone through fresh socket, the other part of implant could not be tightly screwed in the socket because of smaller implant diameter. Implant apical form, screw design, self-taping of apical part would be essential for immediate implant. 2) The enough preliminary stability of implant makes immediate prosthesis possible. When osseointegration does not occur, the implant stability comes from a mechanical anchorage, which depends on implant form, screw thread and self-taping design. 3) Implant neck design may have influence for soft tissue recession in esthetic zone. The implant with large shoulder would not be selected for the esthetic area. The platform design may be more favorable in the area. 4) The connection design between implant and abutment is thought a very impor-tant structure in implant long-term stability. Moose taper and “tube in tube” were well documented structure design in 20-year clinical practice in Peking University. 5) In last 15 years, the plenty studies showed the platform design of implant had positive influence in implant marginal bone level. Whatever in single implant restoration or multi-implant prosthesis. 6) The digital technology makes clinical work more precise and high-tech. This would be a trend in implant dentistry. New generation of chair-side digital computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing makes immediate prosthesis without conventional impression possible. 7) New abutment design have changed clinical protocol greatly. The All-on-four concept and Weldone concept benefit both from the abutment innovation, which were large angulated abutment and special welding abutment materials.

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Research advances in the use of digital surgical guides in implantology
Wang Xiaohua,Liu Aipeng,Deng Wenzheng
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (1): 95-100.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.01.017
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Dental implants have become the main choice for patients to fill in their missing teeth. A precise placement is the basis for a functional and aesthetic restoration. A digital surgical guide is a carrier that transfers the preoperative plan of dental implants to the actual surgery. This paper provides some references that can help clinicians improve the accuracy of implant surgery by stating the development, classification, advantages and disadvantages, and factors that affect the accuracy of digital guides.

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Difficulties and misunderstandings of root canal filling
Chen. Zhang
West China Journal of Stomatology    2017, 35 (3): 232-238.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2017.03.002
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Root canal filling is performed as the final and most important procedure of root canal treatment. The superior 3D filling is the key determinant of endodontic success. However, such procedure remains a challenge because of the comple-xity of the root canal system and the limitation of root canal filling materials and methods. This paper provides an overview of current principles and practices in root canal filling, focusing on advantages, disadvantages and indications. The process errors and countermeasures in various root canal filling methods are also discussed. This review provides guidance and help for clinical and practice to achieve a satisfactory root canal filling and improve root canal treatment outcome.

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A Case of Compr ehensive Rehabilitation of Tr ismus after Extr action
WANG Xiao - hong, DING Ming - fu, ZHANG Li- ming, LIU Bu- yun, HUANG Li- qun
West China Journal of Stomatology   
Confusion and solution for root canal working length determination
Huang Dingming, Tan Xuelian, Zhang Lan, Zhou Xuedong.
West China Journal of Stomatology    DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2016.02.001
Decision-making of restorations for endodontically treated teeth
Chen Zhi, Chen Binwen.
West China Journal of Stomatology    DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2015.02.002
Precise implant insertion technology for measuring dental implant placement
Jia Luming,He Jinxiu,Lu Jiayi,Yu Ping,Guo Jia,Fan Lin,Liu Chunxu,Yu Haiyang
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (1): 108-113.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.01.020
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Identifying the ideal implantation site is important for the long-term stability and effectiveness of follow-up restorations. Implant surgical guide and navigation are used to determine the implantation site in clinic and improve the precision of implantation. However, due to difficulties in digital methods, such as multiple procedures, high cost, and actual accuracy of more than 1 mm, many physicians still prefer to operate with free hand. In preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative procedures, time-saving and practical methods for implant site evaluation are lacking. In many cases, oral physicians found that the position deviates only by cone beam CT, which was costly to modify the position. In this article, we presented a precise implantation insertion technology that is guided by a measurable technique throughout the implantation application for all implant systems. This method was guided by a dynamic control measuring ruler, which functions together with the measuring and intraoperative locating rulers. The 3D space of the operative area was measured by a measuring ruler prior to operation, and the implant plan and quantitative guidance design were conducted according to the measured and cone beam CT data. The whole implantation process was guided by the dynamic control measuring ruler, and measuring verification results were also considered. This method can realize the quantification of the entire preoperative space analysis, intraoperative precise implantation guidance, and postoperative site measurement and evaluation. This practical technique also helps to adjust the position, improve the implantation accuracy and is suitable in generalizing dental implantation.

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Oral implant treatment for elderly patients
Yuan Quan
West China Journal of Stomatology    2020, 38 (6): 616-621.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2020.06.002
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With the advance of materials and technologies, modern oral implantology developed rapidly. Dental implant has become the first choice to restore the missing teeth. Although it achieves a high success rate among healthy adults, for elderly patients, with the decline of physical function and other systemic diseases, the risks of implant treatment increase accordingly. Doctors should pay more attention to the factors that may affect the implant treatment of the elderly and ways of preventing possible risks and complications. Here we discuss the specificity, success rate, effect of systemic diseases and drug considerations of implant treatments in elderly patients.

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Confusing anchorage
Xu Tianmin
West China Journal of Stomatology    DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-1182.2012.03.001
Questions about the numerical value and quantitative data transfer of tooth preparation—from experience guidance to digital guidance
Yu Haiyang
West China Journal of Stomatology    2021, 39 (1): 9-19.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2021.01.002
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Tooth preparation is a common operation in dental clinical practice. This procedure is irreversible and invasive from the point of view of tooth preservation. Conditions of the abutment tooth, treatment methods, and restoration materials for target restoration affect tooth preparation. To achieve the goals of tooth tissue preservation, dental pulp protection, and periodontal health, dentistry professionals agreed on the importance of minimizing the amount of tooth reduction. The foundations for realizing this consensus are as follows. First, the available restoration materials with improved comprehensive performance need less target restoration space. Next, teeth can be prepared under a digital guide, and the real-time measurement of restoration space can be verified due to the invention of digital technologies for the analysis of the quantity and shape of the prepared tooth and tooth measurement. Moreover, guiding methods for preparation have been developed from freehand operation under the naked eye based on accumulated personal experience to digital-guidance jointing microscope. These innovations indicate the creation of a prototype of guided prosthodontics that is precise and applies real-time measurement throughout the process of tooth preparation. From the perspective of the evolution of digital, guided, and micro prosthodontics, this article raised seven questions about the numerical value and quantitative data transfer of tooth preparation and evaluated the authenticity of existing numerical requirements from the perspective of the four elements of measurement. Identifying unified measuring methods and developing measuring tools with a precision of hundred or ten microns will be the key to solving the problem about the authenticity of numerical measurement. Furthermore, this paper summarizes the methods of how to control tooth reduction and explains in depth why the currently dominant tooth preparation technology, which is based on empiricism, cannot effectively achieve the goals in digital prosthodontics. Therefore, we strongly call for rebuilding the digital foundation of prosthodontic treatment immediately.

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Structure and properties of colored dental tetragonal zirconia stabilized by yttrium ceramics
YI Yuan-fu1, WANG Chen2, WEN Ning3, LIN Yong -zhao2, TIAN Jie -mo2
West China Journal of Stomatology    DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-1182.2009.05.002
Endodontic infection management in root canal preparation: question and solution
Yuan Gao,Yu Zhang,Xue-dong Zhou,Dingming Huang
West China Journal of Stomatology    2018, 36 (6): 590-594.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2018.06.002
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The essence of pulp and periapical disease is bacterial infection. Thus, satisfactory infection control is the premise and foundation of healing, in which root canal preparation is a critical procedure. Root canal system anatomy, infection degree, physical cutting during root canal preparation, and certain cleaning measures affect the quality of infection control. Appropriate evaluation of the grades of infected root canals before treatment is necessary because different grades of root canal infection demand various disinfection schedules to facilitate tissue healing and guarantee the long-term success rate of endodontic treatment.

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Difficulty influence factors of dental caries clinical treatment
Xuedong Zhou, Junqi Ling, Jingping Liang, Jiyao Li, Lei Cheng, Qing Yu, Yumei Niu, Bin Guo, Hui Chen
West China Journal of Stomatology    2017, 35 (1): 1-7.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2017.01.001
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Dental caries is a major disease that threaten human’s oral healthy severely with the characteristics of high incidence, low rate of treatment and high rate of retreatment. At present, restorative treatment remains the main method for caries treatment. With the development of the Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry (MICD), reasonable application of various treatment technologies, maximum preservation of tooth tissues and realizing the maximization of treatment effects become problems that call for immediate solution in dental clinics. In addition, there still exist a large number of old restora-tions that need standard retreatments. Here, some difficulty influence factors of dental caries clinical treatment such as systemic and oral factors, individual caries susceptibility, treatment technologies and materials, retreatment methods of old restorations and technique sensitivity are analyzed, and corresponding processing strategies are also put forward.

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Research progress on bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws
Jian Pan, Qizhang Wang, Jiyuan. Liu
West China Journal of Stomatology    2017, 35 (1): 29-36.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2017.01.004
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Bisphosphonates (BPs), as potent drugs inhibiting bone resorption, have been widely used for treatment of several diseases. In recent years, dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons reported continuously increasing cases of bis-phosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (BRONJ). This disease is clinically characterized by exposed bones, formation of sequestrum, pain, and halitosis. Provided that pathogenesis of BRONJ is unclear, effective treatments for this disease are currently unavailable. Thus, prevention plays an important role in the management of BRONJ. This review summarizes research progress on pathogenesis, risk factors, clinical characteristics, treatment, and prevention of this condition.

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Confusion and solution for vital pulp therapy
Dingming Huang, Qian Lu, Qian Liao, Ling Ye, Xuedong. Zhou
West China Journal of Stomatology    2017, 35 (3): 227-231.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2017.03.001
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Dental pulp tissue plays a role in forming dentin, providing nutrition, conducting pain, and generating protective responses to environmental stimuli. Bacterial infection is the main cause of pulp disease, where histopathological changes are the histological basis for determining the choice of treatment and the evaluation of therapeutic effect. Thus, particular attention should be given to eliminate infection, as well as preserve and maintain pulpal health in teeth that show reversible or limited pulpal injuries. Vital pulp therapy, especially its indications and prognostic factors, has been a research hotspot that often causes confusion among clinicians. In this paper, we briefly introduce the confusion and solution for vital pulp therapy in terms of indications, pulp condition assessment, infection elimination, and capping material selection. In addition, we develop a clinical pathway and an operation normalization of vital pulp therapy to better perform the therapy.

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Relationship of orthodontic treatment and periodontal hard tissue health
Shu Meng,Yilan Lin,Lei Zhao,Yi Xu
West China Journal of Stomatology    2019, 37 (4): 343-349.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2019.04.001
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Periodontal tissue, especially the alveolar bone, are closely associated with the progress and efficacy of orthodontic treatment. Prior to and during orthodontic treatment, dentists should fully evaluate the status of periodontal hard tissues to prevent clinical problems. This article aims to discuss bone issues associated with orthodontic treatment, including gingival papilla absence, alveolar bone insufficiency, excessive cortical resistance, and altered passive eruption, etc. The mechanism and prevention methods of these problems are also described.

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Clinical application and research progress of digital complete denture
Zhou Yongsheng, Sun Yuchun, Wang Yong
West China Journal of Stomatology    2021, 39 (1): 1-8.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2021.01.001
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Digital technologies use high-precision three-dimensional scanning, intelligence-aided design software, and multi-axis numerical control milling or 3D printing, which can produce restorations with reliable precision and suitable function. However, the development of digital technologies in the field of complete denture restoration has been slow due to the complexity of prosthesis. This review article introduces the current research status and clinical applications of digital complete dentures in prosthodontic clinics and dental laboratories to provide beneficial references to prosthodontists and dental technicians.

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Geostatics in minimally invasive surgical exodontias
Chengge. Hua
West China Journal of Stomatology    2017, 35 (2): 119-123.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2017.02.002
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Minimally invasive technology is popularly applied in alveolar surgery. However, constrained by the traditional mechanics principle, minimally invasive techniques are not thoroughly implemented in complicated procedures, such as im-pacted tooth extraction. In these procedures, bone injury is difficult to restrict to the mildest degree. In this paper, the basic principle of geostatics is applied to analyze the obstacles and their elimination in tooth extraction to provide the foundation for minimally invasive tooth extraction.

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Clinical analysis on the root fracture of the maxillary first molar
Yuan Zhiyao, Zou Xihong, Dai Linlin, Ao Huizhi, Li Houxuan.
West China Journal of Stomatology    2021, 39 (5): 555-559.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2021.05.009
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This study aimed to investigate the common types and directions of root fractures of the maxillary first molar and the influence of root canal treatment on the prevalent sites of root fractures.


A total of 274 maxillary first molars with root fractures diagnosed via cone beam computed tomography were included. The root fractures of nonendodontically and endodontically treated teeth were identified to be spontaneous and secondary root fractures, respectively. The sites, types, and directions of spontaneous and secondary root fractures were determined.


Among the spontaneous root fractures, the proportion of palatal root fractures (56.1%) was higher than those of mesial buccal root fractures (36.1%) and distal buccal root fractures (7.8%). Among the secondary root fractures, the proportion of mesial buccal root fractures (52.7%) was higher than those of palatal root fractures (36.5%) and distal buccal root fractures (10.8%). The distribution of predominant fracture sites was statistically significant (P<0.05), and vertical root fracture was the most common type. Palatal and buccal roots were commonly fractured at the mesiodistal and buccal-palatal directions, respectively.


This study provided an epidemiological basis for the clinical features of root fractures of the maxillary first molar. During the dia-gnosis and treatment of the maxillary first molar, the possibility of palatal root fractures should be considered. The occurrence of mesial buccal root fractures may be related to root canal treatment. Therefore, the risk of mesial buccal root fractures caused by iatrogenic factors should be minimized.

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Criteria for success in dental implants
Yi Man,Haiyang Yu,Zuolin Wang,Yao Wu,Bangcheng Yang,Lei Cheng,Xuedong Zhou,Yao Sun
West China Journal of Stomatology    2019, 37 (1): 1-6.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2019.01.001
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With the comprehensive application and development of implant dentistry in recent years, multi-institutional data have supported a large number of clinical research findings. A consensus was gradually reached on the evaluation of the state and effect of implants and types of indicators that were selected after restoration. This study aims to examine the fre-quently used criteria to define treatment success in implant dentistry.

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Category design and clinical application of esthetic clasps
Yu Haiyang, Huang Wenjing
West China Journal of Stomatology    2012, 30 (5): 447-452.   DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-1182.2012.05.001
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Not only can esthetic clasps removable partial dentures reserve some advantages that removable partial denture itself has such as non-preparation or less preparation and cheap price, but also can bring metal-free smile to the patients, which is an new effective and affordable treatment option for partial edentulism. This article introduced the basic concepts, principle, various types of esthetic design and related clinical application.

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Periodontal status assessment before orthodontic treatment and opportune moment selection for orthodontic treatment
Yi Xu, Jingmei Yang, Shu Meng, Lei Zhao
West China Journal of Stomatology    2018, 36 (4): 355-359.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2018.04.002
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The aesthetic demands of teeth by the public have improved with the increase in the living standard. Orthodontics, which is a method of aesthetic dentistry, is becoming increasingly important. Orthodontic treatment mainly involves the appli-cation of orthodontic force to the teeth and guides the reconstruction of the periodontal tissue, thereby changing the position of the teeth at the occlusal bone. Orthodontic treatment can also improve the dental occlusion caused by dentition crowding and teeth mobility to achieve long-term stability of periodontal tissue. The number of patients with periodontal disease is high in China, and the number of patients with periodontal disease that are eager to receive orthodontic treatment is increasing. Hence, the periodontal status during the orthodontic therapy should be explored along with periodontal therapy and orthodontic treatment. This article briefly demonstrates the assessment criteria of periodontal status before orthodontic treatment, the oppor-tune moment selection for orthodontic treatment, and the supportive periodontal therapy. This study helps dentists develop individualized treatment programs and win a balanced, stable, and aesthetic impression.

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Imaging classification diagnosis and maxillary sinus floor augmentation of maxillary sinus cystic lesions
Wang Hu, Tan Zhen, You Meng, Liu Wenjia
West China Journal of Stomatology    2019, 37 (5): 457-462.   DOI: 10.7518/hxkq.2019.05.001
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Maxillary sinus cystic lesions can often be found in cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) images. However, whether this change affects the implementation of maxillary sinus floor augmentation remains unclear. Combining the common cystic change performance of CBCT, image classification diagnosis of maxillary sinus cystic change was introduced, and the indications and surgical methods of maxillary sinus floor augmentation and postoperative radiographic changes of mucous were analyzed. This procedure may help clinicians evaluate the feasibility and methods of maxillary sinus augmentation in maxillary sinus cystic changes.

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