Economic aspects of mandibular third molar surgery

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Economic aspects of mandibular third molar surgery
Author(s) Liedholm, Rolf ; Knutsson, Kerstin ; Norlund, Anders
Date 2010
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Objective. The aim of this study was to make estimates from a dental care and societal perspective on costs of mandibular third molar surgery. Material and methods. A total of 64 patients were recruited from three Swedish oral and maxillofacial specialist clinics. Calculations were made prospectively on utilization of labor time, specific medical services and materials, and standardized utilization of other direct costs. Indirect costs were identified from patient surveys. Results. The base case average direct cost of surgery was 217 Euro. Adding the patient's average cost due to absence from work and transportation of 333 Euro increased overall costs to 550 Euro per patient. About 86% of the patients reported some absence following surgery. Conclusions. The indirect costs were on average higher than the direct costs, i.e. the patient's loss of time caused higher costs than the intervention per se. Appropriate indications for mandibular third molar removal can minimize the risks of complications and individual or societal costs.
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Host/Issue Acta Odontologica Scandinavica;1
Volume 68
ISSN 1502-3850
Pages 43-8
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Economics
Oral Surgery
Third molar
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY::Surgical research
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