third molar pathologies, dental emergency visits


Individuals with symptomatic third molar pathologies frequently seek dental care at emergency departments or urgent dental care centers. This is becoming a dental public health problem, when repeated dental emergency appointments are sought for treatment of symptomatic contralateral wisdom teeth. Body: We designed a retrospective review study of adults 18 years and older with an initial dental emergency visit related to third molar pathology at a single dental urgent care center, at the University of Rochester. Conclusion: A sub-optimal oral health is a predictor for future emergency dental visits, due to pathology of remaining third molars.