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Surgical removal versus retention for the management of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth

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Surgical removal versus retention for the management of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth
Published by
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, June 2012
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd003879.pub3
Pubmed ID

Mettes, Theodorus (Dirk) G, Ghaeminia, Hossein, Nienhuijs, Marloes EL, Perry, John, van der Sanden, Wil JM, Plasschaert, Alphons


The prophylactic removal of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth is defined as the (surgical) removal of wisdom teeth in the absence of local disease. Impacted wisdom teeth may be associated with pathological changes, such as inflammation of the gums around the tooth, root resorption, gum and alveolar bone disease, damage to the adjacent teeth and the development of cysts and tumours. Other reasons to justify prophylactic removal have been to prevent late incisor crowding. When surgical removal is carried out in older patients, following the development of symptoms, the risk of postoperative complications, pain and discomfort increases. Nevertheless, in most developed countries prophylactic removal of trouble-free wisdom teeth, either impacted or fully erupted, has long been considered as 'appropriate care' and is a very common procedure. There is a need to determine whether there is evidence to support this practice.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 <1%
Unknown 117 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 19%
Student > Bachelor 17 14%
Student > Postgraduate 15 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 13 11%
Researcher 12 10%
Other 23 19%
Unknown 16 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 80 68%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 3%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 3%
Arts and Humanities 2 2%
Social Sciences 2 2%
Other 6 5%
Unknown 20 17%