Impacted Third Molars

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.

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.

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