Report: Wisdom tooth surgery increases risk for long-term use of opioids
Using insurance data, a new study looks at the impact of wisdom teeth removal on opioid use. (Getty/SIphotography)
Getting wisdom teeth pulled often comes with a side of potent painkillers to help the discomfort.
And a new research report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday warns those opioid drug prescriptions associated with the common dental procedure may be leading to long-term use among young people.
Researchers from the University of Michigan's Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation examined the national Truven MarketScan, a national employer insurance database, to focus on 56,686 wisdom tooth patients between 2009 and 2015.
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