How Reliable is Online Information Regarding Dentistry and Wisdom Teeth

It it important that patients exploring dental topics are not being led astray by questionable information on websites. An interesting article titled “The reliability of online information regarding orthognathic surgery available to the public” written by Cobb and Scotton appears in the 2013 edition of Oral Surgery (vol. 6, pp. 56-60). The article discusses how the internet is increasingly being used to access health information and explores the reliability of information on websites regarding orthognathic surgery also known as corrective jaw surgery. The reliability of online information regarding wisdom teeth removal has been explored by this site before in the past, see the post Some New Wisdom Teeth and Dental Information Websites. The post discussed two websites that used to be accessible but have since been deleted that provided some questionable information on wisdom teeth. In addition a PhD Thesis … Read more

Cold Therapy after Wisdom Teeth Surgery Meta Analysis

An interesting article titled “The Effectiveness of the Cold Therapy (cryotherapy) in the Management of Inflammatory Parameters after Removal of Mandibular Third Molars: A Meta-Analysis,” written by Fernandes et al. appears in the International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology vol. 23, pp. 221–228, 2019. The authors set out to compare whether cryotherapy also as known as cold therapy has an effect on clinical outcomes such as pain, edema (swelling), and trismus (mouth opening) after wisdom teeth surgeries. The authors searched scientific literature for clinical trials on the use of cold therapy for pain, trismus, and edema following wisdom teeth surgery. They searched in electronic databases covering the time period up until March 2018. The authors first identified 1,080 studies. They then removed duplicates and articles that did not meet their inclusion criteria. They authors arrived at 11 studies that met their inclusion criteria … Read more

Acquiring Hepatitis B at the Oral Surgery Office

In late 2019 on this site, a post titled Acquiring Hepatitis C at the Oral Surgery Office described how it is possible to acquire Hepatitis C while having oral surgery. In that post, a case that occurred in Oklahoma in 2012 was described. Prior to that case, there was a case in 2001, where a patient acquired Hepatitis B virus (HBV) at an oral surgery office. This is described in the article published in 2007, titled “Patient-to-Patient Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus Associated with Oral Surgery,” written by J. T. Redd et al., appearing in The Journal of Infectious Diseases (no. 195, pp. 1311–1314). In the article, the authors, at the time, describe the first documented (via medical literature) description of a case of patient-to patient transmission of a blood-borne pathogen in the U.S. occurring in a dental setting. In … Read more

Music to Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Surgery: 2020 Edition

Over the last few years on this blog, to kick off the new year, a post has been made about music to listen to after having wisdom teeth surgery. It can take days to recover, so you have some down time and need something to do. Naturally, there are other ways besides listening to music you could use to occupy your time after the surgery such as to read books or watch TV; however, this post is to give music recommendations you can easily listen to on YouTube. So far, eight posts in the past have appeared on this site providing recommendations for music to listen to after wisdom teeth surgery has been made. To recap these are YouTube Musicians Rock and Roll Songs Jazz Songs Christian Music Gangnam Style 2013 Edition 2018 Edition 2019 Edition New music is always … Read more

Man Ends His Own Life Dealing with Wisdom Tooth Pain

Recently a 38 year year old man took his own life while he was waiting to have a wisdom tooth removed. This occurred in Southampton in England in April 2019. The man had been on a waiting list on the National Health Service (NHS) to have his wisdom tooth extracted. He came down with a severe toothache in January 2019 and saw a dentist. After seeing the dentist the man began to take large amounts of painkillers. His mother began to save up money so they could afford private treatment for the extraction. At the time of the death it was estimated the mother had saved about 900 British Pounds  of the 1,500 British Pounds needed for surgery. In the weeks leading up to the death the co-workers of the man said he was always asking to work overtime. After his … Read more