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Ideal time to remove impacted third molars:

# The ideal time to remove impacted third molars is:
A. When the root is fully formed
B. When the root is approximately two-thirds formed
C. Makes no difference how much of the root is formed
D. When the root is approximately one-third formed


The correct answer is B. When the root is approximately two thirds formed.

  • Patient would be around the age of 17-21.
  • At this time, the bone is more flexible and the roots are not formed well enough to have developed curves and rarely fracture during extraction.
  • When the root is fully formed, the possibility increases for abnormal root morphology and for fracture of the root tips during extraction.


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