National audit of wisdom teeth (3rd molars) underway

The National 3rd Molar Audit (N3MA) is now underway in oral surgery departments around the country. Impacted wisdom teeth, where the teeth do not have enough space to emerge in the correct position, causes a pain and complications to thousands of people, mostly in their 20’s. The personal, medical and economic impact is not well understood. The surgical treatment of the third molar is one of the priority areas identified by The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) for a national audit.

The audit will record patient’s symptoms and details of treatment as well as following-up with patients three months later to assess their wellbeing and how satisfied they are with treatment they receive. You can read more on the study here.