Wisdom Teeth Complications Among Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents

An interesting article for a poster session titled “Complications Following Third Molar Extractions By Residents: A Five-Year Retrospective Monocentric Analysis,” appears in the 2017 edition of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (vol. 75, no. 10, Supplement, pp. e-377-378) written by Momin et al.. The authors attempted to determine if differences in complications after wisdom teeth surgery arise from differences in the training of oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. In the study the authors reviewed electronic medical records of 1,992 patients that had 5,466 wisdom teeth extracted over 5 years from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016 by oral and maxillofacial surgery residents at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From the 1,992 patients, a total of 1,855 patients with 5,103 wisdom teeth had data that was analysed in the authors study. The average age of these patients … Read more

Wisdom Teeth Removal in the Eldery

An interesting article titled “Third Molar Complications in the Elderly—A Matched-Pairs Analysis” appears in the 2017 edition of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery written by Baensch et al. (vol. 75, pp. 680-686). The article explores the perioperative morbidity of wisdom teeth removal in elderly patients to better determine the long-term future burden on waiting until old age to have wisdom teeth extracted. The article addresses how if there is less early (prophylactic) wisdom teeth surgery in young adult patients this will inevitably lead to an increasing number of elderly patients with persisting problems with wisdom teeth that necessitate their removal and this can lead to potential complications. In the article the authors devised a study to compare patients 65 years old or older to patients between the ages of 15 and 20 after having wisdom teeth removed. A … Read more

Fractured Elevator Tip After Wisdom Teeth Removal

After or during having wisdom teeth surgery complications are a possibility. One of these complications listed on http://www.teethremoval.com/complications.html is displacement of a foreign body such as a dental instrument. Usually this is seen with a dental needle that breaks off but can also be seen with the dental drill bit or the blade of an elevator. A case is described in the article titled “A unique post-operative complication” written by Modgill and Mani appearing in Oral Surgery in 2016 (vol. 9, pp. 15-18) which describes a fractured elevator tip during removal of an upper wisdom tooth. In the article the authors say they are aware of only two prior cases of fracture of an instrument during teeth removal and that such retained fractured instrument fragments can cause pain or lead to an infection. In the article they describe the case … Read more

Unique Complications after Wisdom Teeth Removal: Case Reports

Complications can occur after having wisdom teeth surgery, see http://www.teethremoval.com/complications.html. Some of these complications are pretty rare and unusual. Recently in Oral Surgery several case reports have been reported describing some rare complications after wisdom teeth surgery. In the article titled “Spread of infection to skull base via infratemporal fossa after dental extraction related to the use of a high-speed hand piece: a case report” by Moore et al. appearing in Oral Surgery in 2018 (vol. 11, pp. 121-124) discussion is made of a 36 year old woman who had a lower right wisdom tooth removed. The woman developed a deep fascial infection that required formal exploration and drainage. The authors speculate that the woman experienced swelling and infection because of the use of an air driven high-speed hand piece used in the extraction. Forced air from the hand piece … Read more

Wisdom teeth and periodontal damage of second molars

An interesting article titled “Third molars and periodontal damage of second molars in the general population,” written by Kindler et al. appears in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, (vol. 45, pp. 1365-1374, 2018). The article explores the association between impacted or erupted wisdom teeth and periodontal pathology using probing depth and clinical attachment levels. Additional information on periodontal probing depth and a wisdom tooth’s effect on adjacent second molars can be found on the Risks of Keeping Wisdom Teeth page on this website. In previous works impacted wisdom teeth have been identified as a risk factor for developing tumors, dental cysts, and other pathology in adjacent second molars. Even without periodontal symptoms, periodontal damage on the distal aspect of second molars can be present. In the article the authors looked at data from a population-based Study of Health in Pomerania (specifically West Pomerania, … Read more