Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy in endodontic reintervention: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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Background: To evaluate the effectiveness of the use of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) in root canals disinfection in cases of endodontic retreatments. Methods: This Systematic Review was registered in PROSPERO (CRD42021260013) and followed the guidelines of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA). Searches were performed in the electronic databases PubMeb, Scopus, Web of Science, Embase, Web of Science, Clinical Trials and Cochrane Library. Methodological quality and risk of bias were assessed by the Cochrane Risk of Bias tool for randomized clinical trials (RCT) and by the Newcastle-Ottawa (NOS) qualifier for non-RCT (prospective) studies. Meta-analysis was performed using R software, version 3.6.3 with the “META” package assistant by the RStudio platform. The odds ratio (OR) measure of effect was calculated and the random effect model was applied with a 95% confidence interval, and heterogeneity tested by the I2 index. The certainty of evidence was rated using GRADE. Results: Regarding the 1513 studies screened, 10 met the eligibility criteria and were included, and 8 used in the quantitative synthesis. Meta-analysis showed that all of studies data presented a significant difference before and after of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy in the microbial load reduction in secondary endondontic infections (OR 0.15 [0.07; 0.32], p < 0.0001). Overall, the studies had a low risk of bias and, the analysis of evidence by GRADE assessment was rated as moderate. Conclusion: It is suggested that aPDT is a beneficial and promising tool, showing efficacy in reducing the microbial load in cases of endodontic retreatment.




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Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy, v. 39.

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