Third molars: insufficient evidence for removal of impacted asymptomatic disease-free teeth

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This update of an earlier Cochrane review comparing retention or extraction of of asymptomatic disease-free impacted third molars only identified 2 studies of low to very low quality evidence providing insufficient evidence to inform practice.

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Third molars: risk of future extraction when retained estimated

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This review of asymptomatic retained third molars included 7 prospective studies and found that the cumulative incidence for M3 extraction varied from 5 to 64% and was associated with the follow-up duration.

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Still insufficient evidence to support or refute routine prophylactic removal of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth

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Third molars (wisdom teeth) generally erupt between the ages of 17-24 years. Often they fail to erupt or only erupt partially. When they do not reach their normal functional position they are considered to be impacted, this can be due to lack of space, obstruction by another tooth, or development in an abnormal position.   An [read the full story…]