Many third molar teeth are probably removed unnecessarily in Sandwell

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7138.1171a (Published 11 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1171
  1. Victor Lopes, Senior house officer, surgical rotation
  1. City Hospital, Birmingham B18 7QH

    EDITOR—Jones et al report their interview study to assess dentists' agreement on the treatment of asymptomatic impacted third molar teeth.1 They state that a quarter of these teeth are removed without being diseased, and give as a reference for this statement a paper by colleagues and myself; in fact the figure was half, not …

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