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Re: Advising Orthodontic Patients About Their Wisdom Teeth, September 2013

December 1, 2013
by John Kershman


Dear Randy,

Thank you so much for writing this elucidating article regarding the extraction of wisdom teeth post orthodontic treatment. For the past several years, I have been shaking my head regarding the rapidity and frequency of removal of “impacted” third molars after orthodontic treatment. Most of the eights I’ve seen extracted these days don’t even have two thirds root development. And some of them even have plenty of room to erupt into the arch. It’s as if the general dentists have been hypnotized or brainwashed by the oral surgeons. Just this last year, I lost a reasonably good referring dentist because I contradicted his opinion on whether the third molars should be extracted post haste after orthodontic treatment. His rationale is that once the eights are out, you don’t have to worry about them anymore.

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Thank you so much for bringing this topic out into the open.

Best Regards
John Kershman
Ottawa, Ontario