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Mandibular fracture after third molar removal



Mandibular fracture after third molar removal



Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 58(10): 1110-1112



Mandibular fracture after impacted lower third molar removal is a rare, but major, complication. The factors leading to a mandibular fracture secondary to third molar removal are analyzed retrospectively. Six patients who suffered from a mandibular fracture as a complication after third molar removal were examined clinically and radiographically. All fractures occurred an average of 14 days postoperatively. The patients were 42 to 50 years old and were all fully dentulous. All grades of tooth impaction were included. The major risk factor for this complication seems to be advanced age in combination with a full dentition. The degree of tooth impaction is less important. Preexisting bone lesions weaken the mandible and further predispose to a fracture.

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PMID: 11021704

DOI: 10.1053/joms.2000.9566


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