retained third molars, practices of mandibular condyle region, mandibular integrity
Purpose: Assess mandibular condylar/subcondylar and angle fracture patterns in the presence or absence of third molars. Patients and Methods: Retrospective cohort study of 234 patients with mandibular fractures. Odds ratios were calculated to determine relative risk of angle and condylar/subcondylar fractures when third molar teeth were present or absent. Results: Condylar/subcondylar fractures were twice as likely to be avoided if a third molar was present; angle fractures were twice as likely to occur with retained third molars. Conclusions: A twofold decrease occurs in the risk of condylar/subcondylar fracture if a third molar is present and a twofold increase occurs in mandibular angle fractures if a third molar is retained.
Luria, Jamie S. DDS and Campbell, J. H. DDS, MS, FACS
"Retained Third Molars Protect Against Fractures of the Mandibular Condylar Region,"
The New York State Dental Journal: Vol. 88:
4, Article 5.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/nysdj/vol88/iss4/5