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Study: Extract symptomatic 3rd molars, improve other teeth


For many Americans, conventional wisdom says that third-molar extraction is part of growing up. Meanwhile, in dentistry, there is considerable debate about the clinical indications that should lead to third-molar extractions. A new study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has found support for the removal of third molars in patients with only mild symptoms of pericoronitis. "Removal of third molars in patients with mild pericoronitis symptoms improved the periodontal status of the D2Ms [distal side of the second molars] and teeth more anterior of the mouth," wrote researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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