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Dental Practice Education Research Unit

The University of Adelaide Australia

Impacted Third Molars                                                          

Third molar extractions under general anaesthesia are common in Australia and nearly 85% of these are prophylactic. While there is a general consensus among dental practitioners about the need for extracting impacted third molars that are associated with pathology or recurrent symptoms, a debate regarding the need for prophylactically removing asymptomatic disease-free impacted third molars still continues. This special topic discusses the current evidence for the management of impacted third molars including risks associated with third molar surgery and the importance of shared decision-making process.

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