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Emerging evidence base in third-molar management

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For several generations now, dental treatment of third molars has been based on clinical impressions rather than on published scientific data, says Dr. Matthew Dennis in the November issue of the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. But, as he notes, "questions about third-molar management are beginning to be answered." Impacted third molars, because of the lateness of their emergence, should always be evaluated for removal or observation. Most impactions involve arch length that is…

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