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Article: Volume 11 Number 3 Page 86 - July 2018

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Orthodontics:  An Update on Local Anaesthesia in Orthodontics

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Abstract: With the increasing use of temporary anchorage devices in orthodontics the use of topical and local anaesthesia is becoming more common in everyday practice. The mode of action, types of anaesthetic and the potential local and systemic complications will be described.

Clinical relevance: A knowledge of local anaesthetics is essential for any orthodontist, particularly with the increasing popularity of the use of temporary anchorage devices.

Author notes: Lydia MJ Harris, BDS, MJD FRCS, Orthodontic Specialty Registrar, Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, Sukhraj Grewal, BDS(Hons), DDS, MOrth RCS(Ed), Orthodontic Senior Specialty Registrar, King’s College London Dental Institute, James Puryer, BDS, DPDS, MFDS RCS(Eng), MDFTEd, MSc, FHEA, Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in Restorative Dentistry, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol, Hywel Naish, BSc, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Ed), Specialist Practitioner, Cathedral Orthodontics, Cardiff, Jonathan R Sandy, BDS, MSc, PhD(Lond), MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, FDS RCS(Ed), FFD RCS, Professor of Orthodontics and Dean of Health Sciences, University of Bristol and Anthony J Ireland, BDS, MSc, PhD(Lond), MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, Professor of Orthodontics, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol, Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol B1 2LY, UK.

Objective: To inform of the mode of action, types and the potential local and systemic complications of modern local anaesthetics.