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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 19  |  Page : 99-105

The impact of third molars on oral health-related quality of life


1 Professor and Head of the Department, Dept. of community Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
2 Professor, Dept. of community Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of community Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India
4 Reader, Dept. of community Dentistry, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, India

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P Parthasarathi Reddy
Senior lecturer, Dept of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Sai Dental College, Vikarabad
India
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Aim and Objectives: The objective of this study was to evaluate the quality of life (QoL) and impact of pain and other clinical variables among patients before surgical extraction of third molar under local anaesthesia. Methodology: A total o f250 patients, referred to the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery of Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikharabad for surgical removal of their impacted third molars were included in this study. Questionnaires were administered prior to surgery and patient's reasons for seeking third molar removal was assessed. Adverse impacts on oral healthrelated quality of life were measured using the 14-item Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP) questionnaire. Results: Thirty three percent of patients (84 out of 250) said that they were seeking third molar surgery because of pain, whereas twenty two percent (57 out o f250) were seeking third molar surgery because of swelling. Conclusion: Adverse impacts on quality of life occurred for 1 in 8 patients seeking third molar surgery, and the odds increased 3-fold for patients who had experienced pain/swelling compared with those who were asymptomatic.


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