Distal cervical caries in the mandibular second molar: An indication for the prophylactic removal of third molar teeth? Update

Louis W. McArdle*, Fraser McDonald, Judith Jones

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Abstract

In 2005 we reported the clinical findings of 100 patients who had mandibular third molars removed because of distal cervical caries in the mandibular second molar. The aim of this follow-up study was to find out whether the findings in a new group of patients corroborate those of our previous study. We report on the clinical features of 239 patients (mean (SD) age 32.1 (7.85) years, range 20-65) who had 288 mandibular third molars removed because of distal cervical caries in the second molar. Patients had better dental health than average, and 67% had a DMF (decayed, missing, or filled) score of 5 or less. In 89% of third molars the mesial angulation was between 40 and 80. Distal cervical caries in second molars is a late complication of third molar retention. The prophylactic removal of a partially erupted mesioangular third molar will prevent distal cervical caries forming in the second molar tooth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-189
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • Distal cervical caries
  • Indications
  • Third molar

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