Advocacy White Paper on Third Molar Surgery by AAOMS

Recently the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) issue a Press Release located over at In the conclusion of the press release it states “The AAOMS encourages patients and their families to talk to their general dentist, orthodontist or family physician to determine whether third molar surgery is indicated. If a decision is made to retain these teeth, regular dental check-ups and good dental hygiene to control or prevent periodontal disease are essential.” The press release discusses a recent Advocacy White Paper released on Third Molar Surgery. This is located at I think the this recent White Paper issued on November 10, 2011, is well worth the read for anyone considering having elective healthy wisdom teeth surgery performed. The paper mentions some of the recent controversy of the medical necessity of removing erupted and impacted third molars. Numerous references to … Read more

Wisdom Teeth Surgery Survey

I wanted to let those know who might be new to that a 10 question survey on wisdom teeth removal is ongoing. If you are a longtime visitor and have not yet taken the survey or are a new visitor to I hope you can spare a few minutes of your time and click on the link below to take the survey on wisdom teeth extractions. The survey is anonymous so your name and personal information will not be tied to the responses. Below are a few recent responses from the survey.  Thanks for your help! It makes a difference to those who may be considering have their wisdom teeth taken out. Here is a recent survey response from a 29 year old woman who had 1 wisdom tooth removed who chose to elaborate on her wisdom … Read more

New Evidence Based Dentistry Site

The American Dental Association has recently launched a new website dedicated to providing evidence based dentistry. You can visit the site at Upon reviewing the website, there are systematic reviews, clincal recomendations, and resources. Resources link to other useful websites that may aid in finding evidence based health information. What is missing in this list is a link to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. However, there are numerous links to other sites in the U.K. In addition what is missing are any clinical recommendations on wisdom teeth removal. As of now there are only 3 clinical recommendations. The list and information is short and hopefully this can grow in the future. Even so, it is nice to see that the ADA recognizes the need for evidence based dentistry and is attempting to provide and link to … Read more

Dentists Reviewing Literature

I think this is somewhat of joke; however, dentists are soon going to be getting their hands dirty reviewing dental literature. The American Dental Association (ADA) is starting to practice evidence based dentistry (EDA) as opposed to biased dentistry. They should have been doing this decades ago! The recent ADA’s Evidence Reviewers workshop in late June of 2008 taught clinicians and researchers how to critically assess scientific literature and how and why critical summaries should be written. “I was able to come away from the EBD reviewer workshop training with a dramatically new and refreshing perspective on evidence in dentistry,” said Dr. Joseph Hagenbruch of Harvard, Ill., a general dentist and incoming chair of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs. “More importantly, I was able to learn skills and techniques for use when reviewing dental literature for determination of … Read more