The National Wisdom Tooth Study

The National Wisdom Tooth Study plans to collect data on the surgical treatment given and its outcome for every UK patient undergoing lower third molar (wisdom tooth) treatment, over a 3-month period in 2022.

This is the first national study examining the incidence of problems from third molars, the treatment decisions made and the long-term outcomes of those decisions.

Study status – We are carrying out a wisdom tooth surgery service evaluation which forms part of the feasibility work for this study. The service evaluation aims to assess the current practice in relation to lower wisdom teeth.

To read more about this study, visit the NFORC website.


Who manages the study

The project was instigated by the Council of BAOMS and has been developed and approved by its Clinical Effectiveness Sub-committee. It is funded by Saving Faces – The Facial Surgery Research Foundation and co-ordinated by the National Facial and Oral Research Centre (NFORC), a branch of Saving Faces.

Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Sub Specialist Interest Group Lead for Dento-Alveolar & Oral Surgery – BAOMS
Mr Geoff Chiu (Chief Investigator)

Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery with Barts Health NHS Trust – BAOS
Prof Paul Coulthard (Co-Chief Investigator)

NFORC Director
Prof Iain Hutchison

Clinical Research Manager
Fran Ridout