Is the recommendation for the enucleation or the extraction of 3rd molars in subjects during or at the end of dento-facial orthopedic treatment always justified? The viewpoint of a practitioner after 40 years of orthodontic practice
Address for correspondence: Jean-Michel Salagnac – Service de stomatology et chirurgie-maxillo-faciale (Pr Mercier Jacques) – CHU Nantes – 44300 Nantes. firstname.lastname@example.org
Orthodontists frequently prescribe prophylactic enucleation of the lower third molars. These teeth are mostly totally asymptomatic. This practice is being recommended more and more frequently, even though published studies are more reserved in this respect. Orthodontists have to reconsider their recommendations for prophylactic enucleation of the lower third molars, but they have to make sure whether or not these teeth will erupt into their correct positions in the arch.
Key words: Prescription for enucleation of the lower 3rd molars in orthodontic practice
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