Long-term evaluation of estimates of need for third molar removal.

  title={Long-term evaluation of estimates of need for third molar removal.},
  author={Irja Vent{\"a} and Pekka Ylipaavalniemi and Lauri Turtola},
  journal={Journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery : official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons},
  volume={58 3},
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate the estimates on need for third molar removals made at age 20 after 12 years. PATIENTS AND METHODS The series consisted of 81 university students followed from age 20 to 32 years. At baseline and at study end, these students were clinically examined, and panoramic radiographs were taken. At baseline in 1982, a qualified oral surgeon had made estimates on need for removal of third molars within 5 years; 75% of students needed removals. Actual… CONTINUE READING

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