- "No evidence was found to support or refute routine prophylactic removal of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth in adults. There is some reliable evidence that suggests that the prophylactic removal of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth in adolescents neither reduces nor prevents late incisor crowding."
It is estimated that two thirds of the extractions of third molars in the United States are unnecessary. However, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) states "it is estimated that about 85% of third molars will eventually need to be removed."
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- Wisdom Teeth. American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons