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Office blog

February 2012

Emerging Evidence Base in third-molar management

For several generations now, dental treatment of third molars has been based on clinical impressions rather than on published scientific data, said Matthew Dennis, DDS, in an issue of the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. But, as he noted, "questions about third-molar management are beginning to be answered."

Impacted third molars, because of the lateness of their emergence, should always be evaluated for removal or observation. most impactions involve arch length that is less than total tooth mass, resulting in inadequate space for eruption to occur.