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The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement

Formerly World Journal of Orthodontics

Edited by
Rafi Romano, DMD, MSc (Editor-in-Chief)

ISSN 2160-2999 (print) / ISSN 2160-3006 (online)

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Spring 2005
Volume 6 , Issue 2

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Ask an expert: Mandibular third molars and late lower arch crowding—the evidence base

Björn U. Zachrisson

PMID: 15952555

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

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