Perioperative Information for Third Molar (Wisdom Teeth) Removal

A recent study titled “An Evaluation of Patients’ Knowledge About Perioperative Information for Third Molar Removal,” appears in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (vol. 70, pages 12 – 18, 2012). The study attempts to look at what patients know about third molar (wisdom teeth) removal before having surgery performed. The study was conducted by authors in Brazil and Kentucky (United States). The study explains on being nervous and anxious before having wisdom teeth removed can actually cause a longer surgery, more potential swelling, and even more pain. Hence there is incentive for the surgeon and the surgical team to help produce a calming environment for patients to help reduce anxiety which can lead to potentially better outcomes. The study had 67 patients which included 43 female and 24 males who had 1 or more wisdom tooth removed. The patients presented to an ambulatory environment between August 2009 and April 2010 in Brazil. One surgeon interviewed each patient and this surgeon was blinded as in did not know about the patient’s past tooth extraction experience(s). In this study 25 of the patients had previous tooth extraction experience. Most of the wisdom teeth were extracted for orthodontic reasons. Other reasons […]

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Ed Leedskalnin on Education

Here is a very intersting quote by Ed Leedskalnin on education I came across from  “You know we receive an education in the schools from books.  All those books that people became educated from twenty-five years ago, are wrong now, and those that are good now, will be wrong again twenty-five years from now.  So if they are wrong then, they are also wrong now, and the one who is educated from the wrong books is not educated, he is misled.  All books that are written are wrong, the one who is not educated cannot write a book and the one who is educated, is really not educated but he is misled and the one who is misled cannot write a book which is correct. The misleading began when our distant ancestors began to teach their descendants.  You know they knew nothing but they passed their knowledge of nothing to the coming generations and it went so innocently that nobody noticed it.  That is why we are not educated. Now I will tell you what education is according to my reasoning.  An educated person is one whose senses are refined.  We are born as brutes, we remain and die […]

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One Star Yelp Reviews on Wisdom Teeth

In this post I will examine some recent 1 star reviews of a dental and/or oral surgery practice on Yelp and some of the comments received. At an office in Seattle, Washington, a women writes in her review on Yelp ” I am still upset about what happened. It is a very long and disturbing story. Basically – [the doctor] performed the surgery in a very cold room [on my 19 year old daughter] and seriously damaged a muscle in her jaw. Within 24 hours after surgery she could not open her mouth more than a quarter inch….the doctors determined that she had a massive infection in her jaw and immediately put her on IV antibiotics….it took FOUR months for the damage to heal & for her to be able to open her mouth normally!” At a dental center in Virginia a male says in his review on Yelp “…they recommended I have 4 wisdom teeth removed, claiming that there ‘was not room in my mouth to accommodate them and that they were going to cause teeth to twist.’ My wisdom teeth came in years ago and it’s ridiculous to say that they could cause my teeth to get worse in […]

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Wisdom Teeth Removal: Thoughts From Around the Internet

I try to highlight scientific analysis and debate regarding wisdom teeth and the risks and benefits of extraction on my site. The wisdom teeth controversy page is good start on the subject of wisdom teeth removal for those interested. It is a bit surprising to see other people’s opinion on the internet of the subject of wisdom teeth removal. Below are some comments by those who have vocally said they feel wisdom teeth removal is a scam around the internet. Over on Yahoo Answers a user says “Wisdom teeth are the BIGGEST scam in America TODAY!” Another user on Yahoo Answers says: “wisdom teeth extraction is a money making scam used by dentists…” Mike Adams over at Natural News says “It’s just a revenue generating procedure that’s dishonestly pushed onto patients who gladly go along with anything their dentist says, even when it’s utter nonsense….Folks, you need to start questioning your dentist. Don’t believe everything they tell you. Often they’re just full of bunk, or they’re trying to sell you on whatever procedure they get paid for performing.” A user over at says “…just to have them removed I think its a scam. Wisdom teeth are […]

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Being Thankful For What We Have A Dentist Perspective

An interesting article ran in the MyView Section of the American Dental Association titled “A time to be thankful for all that we have,” written by Richard A. Mufson, D.D.S., and published November 7, 2011. In the article Dr. Mufson discusses how he will typically ask other dentists the standard question of “how are you?” This typically goes into discussions of the dental practice and whether or not financially the practice is doing well or not. Dr. Mufson then says he had no real desire to talk about the dental practice but about how the person really is. Dr. Mufson goes on to say “When caught up in our daily routines and the trials and tribulations of everyday life, many of us may not always be closely in touch with, nor take the time to be grateful for, aspects in our lives of highest importance to us, and those which make us most happy and whole. Some of these, of course, would include our health, well-being and happiness of our families, our friends, our colleagues, others in the world we respect and care about, and the positive and intimate relationships we share with one another. Many of these relationships have involved […]

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