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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 175-178

Third molars: A review


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Institute, Delhi Road, Moradabad, UP, India
2 Department of Orthodontics, Teerthankar Mahaveer Dental College and Research Institute, Delhi Road, Moradabad, UP, India

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Background: Third molars are teeth that have little functional value and a relatively high rate of associated pain and disease. Their value, as part of the dentition of modern people, is dubious. Types of Studies Reviewed: The authors review the evolution, development. moribidity and treatment of third molars. They access the value of third molars in the 21st century and describe the risks these teeth pose when they develop in the dentition. Conclusions: There is a mandate for the dental profession to improve health outcomes and quality of life. The prevention of third molar-related morbidity should be included in dental research efforts. The authors suggest that novel preventive methodologies be developed to alleviate the problems third molars pose. One potential methodology suggested is intentional therapeutic agenesis of this tooth. Clinical Implications: Prevention of third molar development early in life, even before tooth bud initiation, could dramatically improve healthcare outcomes for millions of peoples.


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