Third molar

Current Care Summary
Working group appointed by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Dental Society Apollonia

Current Care Guideline «Viisaudenhammas»1 and Summary «Viisaudenhammas»2 in Finnish

The main problem related to third molars is partial eruption followed by local infection with symptoms concerning mainly young adults. Indications for extraction are symptoms, clinical or radiological pathology, other dental or general disease, and preventive removal. Ibuprofen is recommended as postoperative analgesic. Antibiotics are useful in the prevention of postoperative infections but should be targeted to demanding operations and patients with an increased risk for infectious complications. Prevention of nerve injuries is emphasized, and several methods are presented from coronectomy to centralizing difficult procedures to experts.  

Hanna Thorén (Chair)

Marja Pöllänen

Jari Kellokoski

Tuula Palotie

Annina Sipola

Johanna Snäll

Hanna Välimaa