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Does articaine, rather than lidocaine, increase the risk of nerve damage when administered for inferior alveolar nerve blocks in patients undergoing local anaesthesia for dental treatment? A mini systematic review of the literature

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  • Outlines the benefits and possible risks of using articaine rather than lidocaine.

  • Presents the results of a systematic search of the literature to determine the safety of articaine in inferior alveolar block anaesthesia.

  • Advises the profession following analysis of the results.

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Stirrup, P., Crean, S. Does articaine, rather than lidocaine, increase the risk of nerve damage when administered for inferior alveolar nerve blocks in patients undergoing local anaesthesia for dental treatment? A mini systematic review of the literature. Br Dent J 226, 213–223 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2019.98

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