Photodynamic therapy for root canal disinfection in endodontics: an umbrella review

Ref ID 844
First Author A.F.A. Barbosa
Year Of Publishing 2022
Keywords Protocols
Grey literature
Low methodological quality
Problem(s) Errors in study inclusion or omission of relevant studies
Language restriction
Grey literature excluded
No registered or published protocol
Number of systematic reviews included 6
Summary of Findings From 6 systematic reviews of photodynamic therapy for root canal disinfection in endodontics indexed across PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, BVS, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Embase, and Epistemonikos, from inception to July 2021. Six systematic reviews were included in the umbrella review and all of them were graded as critically low methodological quality (AMSTAR 2). Most of the included studies did not perform a protocol registration; five reviews included only studies published in English; none of them performed a literature search in grey literature; none of the systematic reviews established the use of a control group with Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl).
Did the article find that the problem(s) led to qualitative changes in interpretation of the results? Not Applicable
Are the methods of the article described in enough detail to replicate the study? Yes