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Minerva Stomatologica 2011 July-August;60(7/8):383-90

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Ectopic mandibular third molar: report of two cases by intraoral and extraoral access

Procacci P., Albanese M., Sancassani G., Turra M., Morandini B., Bertossi D.

Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Surgery, University of Verona, Verona, Italy


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Ectopic third molar displacement is a rare event in the population. The etiology of this infrequent condition has not been completely clarified. Optimal management is still unclear. In symptomatic patients surgical removal, after a careful preoperative planning, is the recommended treatment. Several surgical approaches, both extraoral and intraoral, have been described, depending on the ectopic molar position. This paper reports two cases of ectopic third molar, one located in the coronoid process and the other one in the lower edge of the mandibular body. Both teeth were removed successfully by an intraoral and extraoral approach respectively.

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