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Title: Clinician-related factors behind the decision to extract an asymptomatic lower third molar. A cross-sectional study based on Spanish and Portuguese dentists
Author: Alves Pereira, Daniela
Pereira Silva, David
Barbosa de Figueiredo, Rui Pedro
Gay Escoda, Cosme
Valmaseda Castellón, Eduardo
Keywords: Extracció dental
Cirurgia dental
Teeth extraction
Dental surgery
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2017
Publisher: Medicina Oral SL
Abstract: Background: Scientific literature estimates that around 18 to 40 % of asymptomatic third molars are extracted. The aims of the present study were to determine the indications for extraction of asymptomatic lower third molars in a sample of Spanish and Portuguese dentists, and to relate these indications to the clinicians' training and professional experience. Material and Methods: A survey consisting of 15 cases of asymptomatic lower third molars was emailed to Portuguese and Spanish dentists. The clinicians were asked to assess the level of difficulty of the extractions and to make a reasoned recommendation based on the panoramic radiographs, gender and age of the patients. Results: 381 clinicians filled in the questionnaires. Most of the professionals had over 13 years of clinical experience. The number of Spanish clinicians with postgraduate degrees in Oral Surgery was significantly higher. On average, 42% of respondents recommended extraction of asymptomatic third molars. The indication for extraction was significantly higher among Portuguese dentists. Clinical experience was negatively correlated with the perceived extraction difficulty (p<0.05). The main reason given for extracting was the prevention of pericoronitis, whereas that for not extracting was the absence of a clear indication and the risk of injuring the inferior alveolar nerve. Conclusions: The Portuguese dentists were more in favour of removing asymptomatic lower third molars than the Spanish dentists, although the latter had a higher proportion of professionals with postgraduate studies in Oral Surgery
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It is part of: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal, 2017, vol. 22, num. 5, p. e609-e615
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ISSN: 1698-4447
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