Dental Organizations Support New Wisdom Tooth Guidelines

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With the support of 8 dental specialties and 3 international oral and maxillofacial surgical associations, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) has released a white paper advocating evidence-based guidelines in managing third molar teeth.

“For many years, the discussion surrounding the care and management of third molars, or wisdom teeth, has been obscured by unsupported statements and misinterpretation of the data,” said Dr. Louis K. Rafetto, president of AAOMS. “This white paper reflects the latest evidence-based research and offers clear, clinical guidelines for managing these teeth.”

According to the paper, the best evidence-based data indicates that third molar teeth associated with disease or at high risk of developing disease should be surgically managed. When there is no disease or significant risk of disease, active clinical and radiologic surveillance would be indicated. The supporting organizations include:

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