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Title: Quality of life after upper third molar removal: a prospective longitudinal study
Author: Avellaneda Gimeno, Vanesa
Barbosa de Figueiredo, Rui Pedro
Valmaseda Castellón, Eduardo
Keywords: Qualitat de vida
Queixal del seny
Extracció dental
Quality of life
Wisdom tooth
Teeth extraction
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2017
Publisher: Medicina Oral SL
Abstract: Background: Third molar extraction is a very common procedure in Dentistry. The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of life (QoL) and satisfaction of patients undergoing extraction of an upper third molar under local anesthesia. A second objective was to describe the evolution of self-reported pain measured in a visual analogue scale (VAS) in the 7 days after surgery and its relationship with pre- and intraoperative factors. Material and Methods: A prospective longitudinal cohort study was made. Fifty-five patients received a questionnaire assessing social and working isolation, eating and speaking ability, diet modifications, sleep impairment, physical appearance, discomfort at suture removal and overall satisfaction. Pain was registered daily on a VAS scale. A descriptive and bivariate analysis of the data was performed. Results: Forty-seven patients were included. Pain decreased lineally across the 7 days, and relief was significant between days 2 and 3. Intraoperative complications were significantly associated with pain. The complication that showed the highest pain score was the tuberosity fracture. Conclusions: Upper third molar removal significantly affects the patient's quality of life, particularly during the first 2 days after extraction.
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It is part of: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal, 2017, vol. 22, num. 6, p. e759-e766
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ISSN: 1698-4447
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