Data Confirm Wisdom Tooth Removal Leads to Better Health

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) to release study results

WASHINGTON, DC - Substantial evidence strengthens the link between wisdom tooth removal and overall patient health, according to a consortium of international experts who will present their findings at the Third Molar Multidisciplinary Conference, October 19, 2010, in Washington, DC.
A meta-analysis of recent research compares the long-term health of patients who have asymptomatic wisdom teeth removed with those who retain the teeth. At the press conference, presenters will discuss the costs of wisdom tooth treatment, “active surveillance” of asymptomatic teeth, the predictability of wisdom tooth behavior over time, and the long-term consequences of retention. Other topics discussed at the press conference will include new information about the pathologies associated with asymptomatic wisdom teeth, strategies to limit complications and improve recovery, and when to have wisdom teeth removed. 


IRA D. CHEIFETZ, DMD, 2009-2010 President, AAOMS
LOUIS K. RAFETTO, DMD, chair, AAOMS Task Force on Third Molars
M. ANTHONY POGREL, DDS, MD, FACS, FRCS, Chair, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, UC San Francisco
JAMES Q. SWIFT, DDS, Professor and Director, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dept. of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota
RAYMOND P. WHITE, JR., DDS, PhD, Dalton L. McMichael, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,         UNC School of Dentistry
STEVEN OFFENBACHER, DDS, PHD, ORA Pharma Distinguished Professor, UNC School of Dentistry


WHAT: Evidence-based findings on the bacteria and pathologies associated with asymptomatic wisdom teeth, and prevention of long-term consequences.


WHEN: Tuesday, October 19, 2010; 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT


WHERE: Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Douglas Room
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC.


ONLINE: Streaming audio of the press conference available at