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.
Harbaugh CM, Nalliah RP, Hu HM, Englesbe MJ, Waljee JF, Brummett CM. Persistent Opioid Use After Wisdom Tooth Extraction. JAMA. 2018;320(5):504–506. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.9023
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