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Impacted wisdom teeth.
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PMID:  21729337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of impacted wisdom teeth is high, with some 72% of Swedish people aged 20 to 30 years having at least one impacted third molar. Impacted wisdom teeth occur because of a lack of space, obstruction, or abnormal position, and can cause inflammatory dental disease manifested by pain and swelling of infected teeth and may destroy adjacent teeth and bone. METHODS AND OUTCOMES: We conducted a systematic review and aimed to answer the following clinical questions: Should asymptomatic and disease-free impacted wisdom teeth be removed prophylactically? What are the effects of different surgical methods of removing impacted wisdom teeth? We searched: Medline, Embase, The Cochrane Library, and other important databases up to July 2009 (Clinical Evidence reviews are updated periodically, please check our website for the most up-to-date version of this review). We included harms alerts from relevant organisations such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We performed a GRADE evaluation of the quality of evidence for interventions.
RESULTS: We found 25 systematic reviews, RCTs, or observational studies that met our inclusion criteria.
CONCLUSIONS: In this systematic review we present information relating to the effectiveness and safety of the following interventions: prophylactic extraction, active surveillance, and different surgical methods of removing impacted wisdom teeth.
Thomas B Dodson; Srinivas M Susarla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-04-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical evidence     Volume:  2010     ISSN:  1752-8526     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Evid (Online)     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101294314     Medline TA:  Clin Evid (Online)     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  IM    
Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Centre for Applied Clinical Investigation Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA.
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