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Who Owns YOUR TMJ Implant?

Especially during this past year, it’s been brought to our attention by a number of TMJ implant patients having their implants removed that...

Social Security Disability Benefits and Temporomandibular Disorders

Those who suffer from Temporomandibular Disorders also referred to as TMJ or TMD, may find it impossible to maintain the responsibilities...

Pain Sensitivity and Genetic Factors: Act Two of the OPPERA Study

This month we present the last set of findings from “Act Two” of the Oral Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA)...

Symptoms, Sociodemographics, & Psychological Profile: Act Two of the OPPERA Study

Last month we began our report on findings in OPPERA's Act Two," the second series of analyses of data from the Orofacial Pain Prospective...

Temporomandibular Disorders and Sexual Intimacy

A recent posting on the TMJA website included the following request: "I wonder if you could include something in a future newsletter about...

Is It Wise to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

Aug 10, 2012

A recent systematic review conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration finds insufficient evidence to support or refute the removal of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth is called trouble-free, (disease free or asymptomatic) if the patient does not experience signs or symptoms of pain or discomfort associated with it.
Over the years we've heard from many TMJ patients who report that their Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) symptoms began shortly after wisdom teeth removal or they had their wisdom teeth removed as a form of treatment for TMD. (We also heard that TMD had begun after other types of dental treatment).

It’s important to note wisdom teeth do NOT cause TMD. These teeth only need to be removed when local events justify their extraction. This includes inflammation of the gums around the wisdom teeth, or their negative impact on the neighboring teeth. Wisdom teeth should NOT be extracted for a TMD problem.

Resource: Cochrane Collaboration article , Surgical removal vs. retnetion for the managment of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth

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