Welcome to the National Third Molar Audit. This will be the first national audit on third molars examining the incidence of problems from third molars, the treatment decisions made and the long - term outcomes of those decisions.
Step 3: Complete parts A&B of the form electronically. Please note that up to 12 users may be included on one form. Do try to include as many potential users on the form as possible as this will save you having to repeat the entire process for individual users later.
Step 4: Send the form to your organisation's Calidcott Guardian (Personal Data Guardian if in N. Ireland) to complete part C. The Caldicott Guardian must return the form to firstname.lastname@example.org using their email address.
Enter your data at https://clinicalaudit.hscic.gov.uk/. Once you have logged in with your HSCIC account, all audits for which you have access to will appear here. Please note that no audits will appear if the full registration process has not been completed.
The surgical treatment of the third molar is one of the priority areas identified by The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) for a national audit. Wisdom teeth may erupt normally into correct dental alignment and function. Sometimes they develop in non-functional or minimally functional positions. Impaction occurs when there is prevention of complete eruption due to lack of space, obstruction or development in an abnormal position. This may result in a tooth erupting partially or not at all. Impaction may be associated with pathological changes including infection in the overlying tissues, an increased risk of caries and periodontal disease in adjacent teeth, and cyst formation. Current best practice according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines (Technology Appraisal No. 1 – Guidance on the Extraction of Wisdom Teeth, issued March 2000) recommends the removal of impacted third molars which have caused these pathological changes.
This audit will record patients’ symptoms and allow comparison of practice to the current NICE guidelines. It will also assess if the referral letter is an accurate reflection of the symptoms. Using patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) will help to determine whether the treatment was of benef it and will record any treatment-related problems. Ultimately, higher case submission rates will lead to a more comprehensive picture of patient care and help improve patient care in the future.
The BAOMS Clinical Effectiveness Sub Committee in conjunction with NFORC has produced all the necessary documents for our colleagues from within BAOMS and beyond (Oral Surgeons and Dentists with a Special Interest) to undertake the BAOMS 2013 National Audit for revalidation.
The data collection tools have been rigorously scrutinised by colleagues from the Health and Social Care Information Service (HSCIC), in Leeds where the servers are hosted.
This has resulted in many changes allowing the data collection tools to develop into the versions listed here, which have been fully agreed by all stakeholders.