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Dental Loupes and Headlamps for Dental Care: Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines

Last updated: October 9, 2019
Project Number: RB1405-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of dental care performed with dental loupes versus dental care with unaided vision?
  2. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of dental care performed with headlamps versus dental care with dental operatory lights?
  3. What is the comparative cost-effectiveness of dental care performed with dental loupes versus dental care with unaided vision?
  4. What are the evidence-based guidelines for use of dental loupes for dental procedures?
  5. What are the evidence-based guidelines for the use of headlamps for dental procedures?

Key Message

Two systematic reviews, two randomized controlled trials, and three non-randomized studies were identified regarding the clinical effectiveness of dental care performed with dental loupes versus dental care with unaided vision.