The issue of the influence of unerupted third molars on the dentition has long been a controversial one. There is not much debate that symptomatic or pathologically involved third molars necessitate removal. On the other hand, wisdom teeth have been accused of causing tooth displacement and orthodontic relapse. Studies have shown that the force exerted by erupting third molars is not significant enough to influence the anterior dentition. Yet, there are still many practitioners who recommend the extraction of asymptomatic unerupted third molars.
• What are the current recommendations concerning the extraction of asymptomatic third molars?
• Is there a consensus in the dental profession?
• What is your position on that topic?
—Jules E. Lemay III, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada