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Different flap designs have no impact on periodontal outcomes on second molars after impacted third-molar extraction

Yong Hur, DDS, DMD, MS Yumi Ogata, DDS, DMD, MS .


Systematic Review Conclusion

The different surgical flap designs for mandibular third-molar extraction did not have a significantly different impact on postoperative periodontal outcomes of the mandibular second molars with a minimum follow-up period of 3 months.

Critical Summary Assessment

This systematic review with limited evidence indicated there is no compelling reason to support the use of a particular flap design for impacted mandibular third-molar extraction.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019