A 6 percent increased risk of opioid abuse may not seem high, but it's significant when you consider how many people that affects, especially when the risk is avoidable. According to Alan Schroeder, a pediatrician at Stanford University School of Medicine and the lead author the new paper, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or NSAIDs should be sufficient in managing the pain caused by wisdom teeth extractions. "I think a lot of experts in the medical and dental fields with an understanding of pain management would agree with that." Even if opioids are required to manage the pain, "we can be more judicious about how much we dispense," says Schroeder, pointing out that the median number of pills prescribed to patients in the study was 20. In working to spread awareness of this issue, Brown has tried to persuade dentists of patients recovering from wisdom teeth extractions to limit prescriptions to just three to four days worth of painkillers.