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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 536-540

Asymptomatic third molar - Wait and treat approach


1 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Uthandi, Chennai, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Uthandi, Chennai, India
3 Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Uthandi, Chennai, India

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I Nanda Balan
P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Uthandi, Chennai
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The number of 'Asymptomatic Third Molars' selected for prophylactic removal varies widely amonggeneral dental practitioners and oral surgeons. Several reasons are given for the early removal ofasymptomatic or pathology-free impacted third molars such as cyst, tumours, infections, damage to adjacentteeth. However, the justification for prophylactic removal of impacted third molars is less certain and hasbeen debated for many years. Hence prophylactic removal should only be carried out if there is goodevidence of patient benefit which is reviewed in this paper.


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