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Research Letter
August 7, 2018

Persistent Opioid Use After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
  • 2College of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, Ann Arbor
  • 4Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2018;320(5):504-506. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.9023

In 2004, wisdom tooth extraction was performed in an estimated 3.5 million patients.1 Patients undergoing wisdom tooth extraction are predominantly young and healthy and routinely receive a postoperative opioid prescription.2

Opioid-naive patients are at risk for persistent opioid use after elective surgery3,4; to our knowledge, the risk following dental procedures has not been assessed. We investigated the association of filled perioperative opioid prescriptions with persistent use of prescription opioid medications following wisdom tooth extraction.

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