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Lunch and Learn Sessions

Saturday, September 17, 2011
11:30AM - 1:00PM


(C) 108A-B


Synopsis and Discussion of Data from 3rd Molar Clinical Trials

Ray P. White, Jr. , DDS, PhD
Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
UNC School of Dentistry
Chapel Hill, NC


Third molar clinical studies were initiated because of the scarcity of published scientific data on the incidence of pathology associated with retained third molars, and on outcomes after third molar surgery. These targeted studies focused in three areas: 1. analyses of outcomes with subjects who retained third molars; 2. analyses of the impact of third molar surgery on the subjects’ quality of life; and.3. analyses of third molar data from population and clinical studies conducted for other purposes.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Relate 3rd molar clinical findings to the risks of periodontal inflammatory disease.
  2. Compare the prevalence of 3rd molar pathology, caries experience and periodontal inflammatory disease, across the spectrum of the population.
  3. Match the presurgical clinical and demographic findings to the probable recovery after 3rd molar surgery.

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