Surgical Extraction of the Impacted Mandibular Third Molar
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SURGICAL EXTRACTION OF THE IMPACTED MANDIBULAR THIRD MOLAR
Presented by: SHALINI THAKUR GUIDED BY: DR RAMDAS BALAKRISHNA
INTRODUCTION HISTORY DEFINITIONS WHEN IS A TOOTH CONSIDERED IMPACTED? MOST COMMONLY IMPACTED TEETH WHY DO TEETH GET IMPACTED? ETIOLOGY OF IMPACTION (BERGER) INDICATIONS CONTAINDICATIONS CLASSIFICATIONS SURGICAL ANATOMY PREOPERATIVE ASSESSMENT WINTER’S WAR LINES WHARFE ASSESSMENT PEDERSON SCALE RELATIONSHIP OF THE THIRD MOLAR ROOT TO THE MANDIBULAR CANAL SURGICAL TECHNIQUE TECHNIQUES COMPLICATIONS OF THIRD MOLAR EXTRACTION
The third molar is one of the last teeth to erupt into the oral cavity . Owing to its time of eruption (17-22 yrs) it is often referred to as the wisdom tooth. Also because of its late eruption it is the most commonly impacted tooth. The word impaction is derived from the latin word impactus. The surgical removal of 3rd molars has been and still is the most common operation performed by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon both in clincal practice as well as in a hospital setting.
Surgical extraction of teeth wasn’t always a safe, routine procedure with a generally predictable outcome as it is today In the first half of the 20th centuryIn the second half of the 20th centuryGrowing interest in preventive dentistry in 1950’s and 60’s.
According to WHO – An impacted tooth is any tooth that is prevented from reaching its normal position in the mouth by tissue, bone or another tooth.
According to Archer- A tooth which is completely or partially unerupted and is positioned against another tooth, bone or soft tissue so that its further eruption is unlikely, described according to its anatomic Position .
According to Anderson-An impacted tooth is a tooth which is prevented from completely erupting into a normal functional position due to lack of space, obstruction by another tooth or an abnormal eruption path
Malposed tooth.-A tooth, unerupted or erupted, which is in an abnormal position in the maxilla or mandible.
Unerupted tooth-A tooth which has not perforated the oral mucosa.
WHEN IS A TOOTH CONSIDERED IMPACTED? A tooth is considered impacted if : It has failed to erupt fully within the expected time of eruption If the angulation of the tooth is such that its eruption into the oral cavity is unlikely When the ratio of crown to the space available for eruption is lesser than 1
MOST COMMONLY IMPACTED TEETH According to Archer impacted teeth occur in the following order of frequency: Maxillary 3rd molars. Mandibular 3rd molars. Maxillary cuspids. Mandibular bicuspids. Mandibular cuspids. Maxillary bicuspids. Maxillary central incisors. Maxillary lateral incisors
WHY DO TEETH GET IMPACTED? A number of theories have been put forward to explain why the third molars get impacted. They are:
PHYLOGENIC THEORY (Nodine)
ORTHODONTIC THEORY (Durbeck)
ETIOLOGY OF IMPACTION (BERGER)
LOCAL CAUSES Lack
of Space in the Dental arch Obstruction for eruption Ankylosis Retained deciduous teeth Non absorbing alveolar bone Bony lesion Ectopic position of tooth bud Habits involving tongue, finger,cheek,pencil,etc.
SYSTEMIC CAUSES Prenatal causes Heredity Miscegenation Postnatal causes Rickets Anemia Congenital syphilis T.B Endocrine dysfunctions Malnutrition
Rare conditions Cleidocranial dysostosis Oxycephaly Progeria Achondroplasia Cleft palate
INDICATIONS Therapeutic indications Recurrent or severe pericoronitis Periodontal disease with a pocket depth of 5 mm or more distal to the 2nd molar Non restorable caries in the third molar Resorption of adjacent tooth Cysts or tumours associated with the tooth Removal of third molar in fracture line
Prophylactic indications To prevent caries, periodontitis,periodontal disease Before orthodontic treatment Prevent cysts or tumours Prevent fracture of jaws in athletes Teeth under dentures To treat unexplained pain in the facial region To prevent systemic diseases
Medical and surgical indications Prior to orthognathic surgery For autotransplantation of teeth When involved in tumour resection of jaws Prior to radiation therapy Bisphosphonate therapy
Asymptomatic and pathology free molars totally covered in bone Compromised medical condition Extremes of age
Complications associated with retained impacted teeth:
Dental caries Pericoronal infection Pain Fascial space infections Risk of development of cysts and tumors Fractures Trismus
Winter’s classification.1926 BASED ON The position of the long axis of the impacted Mandibular third molar in relation to the long axis of the second molar. 1. Vertical. 2. Horizontal. 3. Inverted. 4. Mesioangular. 5. Distoangular. 6. Buccoangular. 7. Linguoangular.
According to Pell and Gregory (1933)
Relation of the tooth to ramus of mandible and 2nd molar : Class I : There is a sufficient amount of space between the ramus and distal side of 2nd molar for the accommodation of the mesiodistal diameter of the crown of 3rd molar. Class II : The space between the ramus and the distal side of the 2nd less than the mesiodistal diameter of the crown of 3rd molar. Class III : All or most of the 3rd molar is located within the ramus.
B. BASED ON Relative depth of the third molar in bone. Position A-The highest portion of the tooth is on a level with or above the occlusal plane. Position B-The highest portion of the tooth is below the occlusal plane, but above the cervical line of the second molar. Position C-The highest portion of the tooth is below the cervical line of the second molar.
The AAOMS published the ADA coding with explanations from the AAOMS procedural terminology, in parentheses, as follows:
07220 : (overlying) soft tissue impaction. 07230 : partially bony Impaction 07240 : complete bony impaction 07241 : complete bony impaction, with unusual surgical complications.
G.R.OGDEN METHOD A simple method of determining the type of impaction involves comparing the distance between the roots of 3rd and 2nd molars , with the distance between the roots of the 2nd and 1st molars .
LINGUAL NERVE INFERIOR ALVEOLAR NERVE INFERIOR ALVEOLAR VESSELS RETROMOLAR TRIANGLE RETROMANDIBULAR VESSELS TEMPORALIS TENDON INSERTION FACIAL ARTERY
The Retromolar Triangle
Behind the third molar is a depressed roughened area on the upper surface of the mandible which is bounded by the lingual and buccal crests of the alveolar ridge this is the retromolar triangle.
Lying lateral to the retromolar triangle is a shallow, hollow depression, the retromolar fossa, which is bounded by the anterior border of the ascending ramus.
This is the area into which a third molar would erupt if the usual dental arch were shrunk by abrasive and attritive foods. Spread of acute inflammatory processes may occur in any transverse plane from the retromolar triangle.
The retromolar triangle is the site for initial surgical procedures to remove the usual impacted mandibular third molars.
Retromolar canal and foramen
It is a rare anatomic variation, found In the retromolar triangle through which emerges branches of the mandibular vessels which, according to Schejtman, Devoto and Arias (1967), are distributed over the temporalis tendon, buccinator and adjacent alveolus. Contents of this canal originates from mandibular neurovascular bundle before it enters the mandibular canal. Anderson et al. (1991) – innervate and supply temporalis M, part of buccinator M, retromolar trigone. Although these are small vessels a brisk hemorrhage can occur during the surgical exposure of the third molar region if the distal incision is carried up the ramus and not taken laterally towards the cheek.
Schejtmann et al.(1967) – 27% Narayana et.al – the retromolar foramen and canal in South Indian dry mandible( Eur J anat 2002)24%. Burak et.al(2006) - 23%
Inferior Alveolar Nerve and Vessels NORTJÉ et al., 1977 The mandibular canal was then classified in 4 types: Type 1: Bilateral single high mandibular canals - single canals either touching or within 2 mm of the apices first and second permanent molars. Type 2: Bilateral single intermediate mandibular canals – single canals not fulfilling the criteria for either high or low canals. Type 3: Bilateral single low mandibular canals, single canals either touching or within 2 mm of the cortical plate of the lower border of the mandible. Type 4: Variations including: asymmetry, duplications and absence of mandibular canal.
LINGUAL NERVE LIES INFERIOR & LINGUAL TO THE CREST OF LINGUAL PLATE OF MANDIBLE WITH A MEAN POSITION OF 2.28MM(±0.9)BELOW THE CREST & 0.58MM(=/-(0.9) MEDIAL TO CREST - KIESSELBACH & CHAMBERLAIN
15% OF CASES SHOWS IT LIES SUPERIOR TO LINGUAL PLATE CADAVERIC STUDIES SHOWED THAT IT LIES 3.45MM MEDIAL TO ALVEOLAR CREST & 8.32MM BELOW MRI STUDY DEMONSTRATED THAT THE NERVE IS LOCATED AT A MEAN DISTANCE OF 2.53MM MEDIAL TO AND 2.75MM BELOW ALVEOLAR CREST
Temporalis tendon attachment
The temporalis muscle is a broad, thick muscle
Originates from the temporal fossa of the skull and the deep surface of the temporal fascia.
The fibers, divided into anterior, middle, and posterior divisions, join together as they descend, passing deep to the zygomatic arch, Insert as a tendon into the coronoid process of the mandible
Facial artery and veins
The facial artery crosses the region of 1st mandibular molar at the anterior border of the massetor The artery can be severed accidentally during surgical procedure Hence deep incisions in 1st molar area predispose a risk of injuring facial artery To avoid
Pre operative assessment Clinical assessment; History Age Mouth opening Size of mouth and tongue Postion of the mandible Flexibility of the oral musculature Physical status of the patient Palpation of external oblique ridge Existing pathology
This can be done by using the following radiographs: OPG IOPA OCCLUSAL LATERAL SKULL PROJECTIONS IN SPECIAL CASES CT AND MRI CAN ALSO BE USED
WINTER’S LINES OR WAR LINES.
Wharfe’s Assessment McGregor (1985) 1. Winter’s classification
Horizontal Distoangular Mesioangular Vertical
2. Height of mandible
3. Angulation of 3rd molar
2 2 1 0 0
60-69 70-79 80-89 90+
1 2 3 4
4. Root shape
Favorable curvature Unfavorable curvature
6. Path of exit
Possibly enlarged Enlarged
Distal cusp covered Mesial cusp covered Both cusp covered
1 2 3
Assessment of angulations and depth Access Number and shape of roots Relation of the third molar roots to the mandibular canal Condition of the second molar Density of the bone Bone loss Follicular size Existing pathology
Relationship to the mandibular canal
Seven radiological signs had been suggested by Howe And Payton as indicative of a close relationship between the 3rd molar and IAN canal. Four of these signs were seen on the root of the tooth and the other three were related to changes in the appearance of the inferior alveolar canal.
RELATIONSHIP OF INFERIOR ALVEOLAR NERVE
TO THE ROOTS OF THE THIRD MOLAR.
Darkening of root
Deflection of root
Interruption of white line of canal
Narrowing of root
Diversion of canal
Dark & Bifid apex
Narrowing of canal
FRANK’S TUBE SHIFT TECHNIQUE.
DONOVAN TECHNIQUE IN OCCLUSAL RADIOGRAPHY (1952)
Howes technique to prevent inferior alveolar nerve damage.
Archer’s technique to prevent inferior alveolar nerve damage.
There are 5 basic steps in the surgical removal of mandibular 3rd molar: Adequate exposure Adequate access Sectioning of tooth if required Elevation of the tooth Debridement irrigation and closure
Adequate exposure of the third molar or the bone overlying it is acheived by placing a suitable incision and reflection of a full thickness mucoperiosteal flap. There are various flaps that have been developed
Parts of incision
The incision having three parts: Limb A: The anterior incision started from buccal sulcus approximately at the junction of posterior and middle third of the second molar, passes upwards extended upto the distobuccal angle of the second molar at the gingival margin for a distance of 1-2cm. Limb B: It was carried along the gingival crevice of the third molar extending upto the middle of exposed distal surface of the tooth. Limb C: Started from a point where intermediate gingival incision ended and was carried laterally towards the cheek at mucosal depth. This arm should be about 2cm long. In case of unerupted tooth when intermediate gingival incision was not needed. Then limb' A' was extended upto the middle of the distal surface of the second molar.
Sir TG Ward 1968, made some modification of the incision. The anterior line of the incision runs from the distal aspect of the second molar curving ,downward and forward to the level of the apex of the distal root of the first molar. The posterior part of the incision is the same but the anterior part commences as the junction of the anterior and middle thirds of the second molar and runs down to the apex of the distal root of the first molar.
Flap designs The different types of flaps used are:
L- shaped flap: suits only the buccal approach since it is difficult to raise a lingual flap from this approach. The posterior limb of the
incision extends from a point just lateral to the ascending ramus of the mandible into the sulcus. It passes to the disto-lateral
periodontium by avoiding or including it depending upon the proximity of the third molar with the second molar . The vertical relieving incision differentiate it from wards incision This relieving incision is given at 45o angle to the long axis of the 2nd molar and runs straight anteriorly and downwards
Bayonet flap: This incision has three parts: distal or posterior, intermediate or gingival, and an anterior part.
Envelop flap: Extends from the mesial papilla of the mandibular first molar and passes around the neck of the teeth to the disto buccal line angle of the second molar. Now the incision line extends posteriorly and laterally upto the anterior border of the mandible. Its anterior extension is directly proportional to the depth at which the impacted tooth is present- deeper the tooth, longer the ant extension Adv- Easier to close and heal better .
Design of disto lingually based flap by buccal Comma incision
-begins at a point below the second molar, smoothly curved up to meet the gingival crest at the distobuccal line angle of the second molar. The incision is continued as a crevicular incision around the distal aspect of the second molar. allows reflection of a distolingually based flap adequately exposing the entire third molar area. The incision and flap design seems best suited to cases in which the third molar is completely covered with soft tissues. In cases in which part of the impacted tooth is visible in the mouth, a small modification is made.
VESTIBULAR TONGUE SHAPED FLAP
Berwick, in 1966, designed a vestibular tongue-shaped flap Extended onto the buccal shelf of the mandible Incision line did not lie over the bony defect created by the removal of the impacted tooth Its base at the distolingual aspect of the second molar Magnus et al with the same aim, described a paragingival flap in which the anterior releasing incision is located 0.5 cm apical to the gingival margin of the second and first molars
GROVES AND MOORE
In the year 1970 they designed three flaps
Produced an apparent decrease in pocketing distal to 2nd molar
A collar of tissue was preserved around the 2nd molar hence decreasing pocket formation
A lingual extension of the incision allowed for exposure of the lingual aspect as well
Adequate access Aim:
To expose the crown by removing the bone overlying it. To remove the bone obstructing the pathway for removal of the impacted tooth. To prepare a fulcrum for support of an elevator.
This can be achieved by using chisels or burs The amount of bone removed depends on; The depth of the tooth (amber line) Morphology of the tooth Angulation of the tooth
CHISEL AND MALLET
Traditional technique, Support of mandible is mandatory The chisel is kept parallel to the long axis of bone Indications Young patients An external oblique ridge slightly below the level of bone enclosing the 3rd molar An external oblique ridge that is slightly behind the 3rd molar so that the distolingual corner of the tooth sits in a thin balcony of bone
LOW SPEED ENGINE DRIVEN DRILLS
INDICATIONS Old patients
An external oblique ridge and internal oblique ridge or both are far formed in relationship to the tooth Hence guttering is necessary to avoid excess removal of bone
COMPLICATIONS Accidental denuding of roots of 2nd molar While guttering the bone the mandibular canal may be opened and damage to nerve may occur While cutting distolingual spur of bone high chance of lingual nerve damage hence it should be moved lingual to buccal to prevent sudden slipping into lingual side
The size of the bur used for the removal of the bone removal :
Ideal length – 7mm; diameter – 1.5mm. The bur should rotate in correct direction and at maximum speed. Cutting instruments that induce air should’nt be used. Handpiece should not rest on the tissues of the cheek and lips to avoid burning.
The crown of the impacted tooth should be exposed (CEJ) by removal of surrounding bone:
mesially – to create a point of application Buccaly – cutting a trough or gutter around the tooth to the root furcation. Distolingually – lingual plate should not be breached to protect the lingual nerve.
The surgeons should apply a handpiece load of approximately 300g and an irrigation rate of 15 mL/min (for intermittent drip) to 24 mL/min (for continuous flow). (Sharon et al Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 1999)
The various solutions which can be used as irrigants are: Normal Saline Ringer’s lactate. 1% povidone iodine The irrigation cools the bur and prevents bone-damaging heat buildup. The irrigation also increases the efficiency of the bur by washing away bone chips from the flutes of the bur and by providing a certain amount of lubrication. A large plastic syringe with a blunt I8-gauge needle is used for irrigation purposes. The needle should be blunt and smooth so that it does not damage soft tissue, and it should be angled for more efficient direction of the irrigating stream
Chiesel vs bur
Sectioning of the tooth Bone belongs to the patient and the tooth belongs to the surgeon.
Pell and Gregory stated the following advantages of splitting technique: Amount of bone to be removed is reduced. The time of operation is reduced. The field of operation is small and therefore damage to adjacent teeth and bone is reduced. Risk of jaw fracture is reduced. Risk of damage to the inferior alveolar nerve is reduced
CRITERIA TO DECIDE IF SECTIONING OF TOOTH IS INDICATED
Sectioning of the tooth based on the type of impaction
Horizontal impactions - the crown is separated from its roots and removed first. The roots are themselves divided and removed individually into the space vacated by the crown. Vertical impactions - the tooth is divided in half along its vertical axis and each half removed individually. Disto-angular impactions - the tooth may be divided in half along its longitudinal axis or the crown may be sectioned from its roots with the roots being elevated into the space vacated by the crown. Mesio-angular impactions - the tooth may be divided in half along its longitudinal axis or the crown may be divided obliquely with the distal segment removed first prior to mobilizing the rest of the
ELEVATION FROM THE ALVEOLAR PROCESS
It can be done with dental elevators In mandible the most frequent elevator used is straight elevator,paired cryer Careful application of force should be done in order to avoid fracture of buccal bone,adjecent tooth and sometime entire mandible The elevators should be properly engaged to the tooth or tooth-root and force should be delivered in proper direction
DEBRIDMENT AND IRRIGATION AFTER REMOVAL OF TOOTH
All particulate bone chips and debris should be debrided Thorough irrigation with sterile saline including under the reflected soft tissue flap A periapical curette can be used A bone file can be used to smoothen any sharp,rough edge of bone A hemostat can be used to remove any remnant of dental follicle Closure of the flap should be done by primary Sutures
VARIOUS SURGICAL TECHNIQUES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED FOR THE EXTRACTION OF THE THIRD MOLARS MOORE AND GILBE’S COLLAR TECHNIQUE SPLIT BONE TECHNIQUE BY SIR WILLIAM LESEY FRY LATERAL TREPHINATION TECHNIQUE BY BOWDLER HENRY
MOORE/GILLBE COLLAR TECHNIQUE
The collar technique is a modificarion of the split bone rechnique designed to be used with burs (Moore 1965) fine fissure bur(NO 702) is used to create a ‘gutter’ along the buccal side and distal surface of the tooth. The lingual soft tissue is protected with a periosteal elevator during the removal of the distolingual spur of bone A mesial point of application is created with the bur, and a straight elevator is used to deliver the tooth.
LINGUAL SPLIT BONE TECHNIQUE
REMOVAL OF DISTAL & BUCCAL BONE
REMOVAL OF LINGUAL BONE
VERTICAL STOP CUT
Faster tooth removal. Less risk of inferior alveolar nerve damage. Reduces the size of residual blood clot by means of saucerization of the socket . Decreased risk of damage to the periodontium of the second molar. Decreased risk of socket healing problems. DRAWBACKS
Risk of damage to the lingual nerve. The incidence of lingual nerve and inferior alveolar nerve damage has been reported as 1-6.6% . Increased risk of postoperative infection Patient discomfort due to the use of a chisel and mallet for lingual bone removal or fracturing. Only suitable for young patients with elastic bone
Modified distolingual bone splitting technique
Davis's technique mentions not to separate the mucoperiosteom from lingual area of bone. The bone was released in segments to allow tactile control of osteotome to prevent penetration of the osteotome into soft tissue. More than one osteotome per impaction was usually used to ensure sharp cutting edge. Wedging the osteotome between tooth and bone should be avoided to prevent fracture of the mandible. Lewis technique: Lewis (1980) modified the lingual splitbone technique by minimizing periosteal reflection and buccal bone removal and by preserving the fractured lingual plate. He claims that these modifications reduce the possibility of lingual nerve damage, minimize periodontal pocket formation, and improve the chances for primary wound healings.
Lateral trephenation technique
This procedure was first described by Bowdler-Henry to remove any partially formed and unerupted third molar in the age group of 9-16 years. Modified S-shaped incision is made from retromolar fossa across the external oblique ridge. It then curves down along the reflection of the mucous membrane above the vestibule, extending up to the I molar anteriorly. Such an incision leaves behind a 5-mm cuff of attached mucosa at the distobuccal region of the II molar. The mucoperiosteal flap is elevated and buccal cortical plate is trephined over the III molar crypt. The same bur is used to make vertical cuts anteriorly and posteriorly.
A chisel or an osteotome is applied in the vertical direction over the bur holes. Then the buccal plate is fractured out, exposing the third molar crypt completely.
Elevator is applied to deliver the tooth out of the crypt. Any follicular remnant present in the crypt is carefully scooped out, avoiding injury to the inferior alveolar (dental) canal at the lower part of the crypt.
formed unerupted 3rd molar can be removed. Can be preformed under general or regional anesthesia with sedation. Post-op pain is minimal. Bone healing is excellent and there is no loss of alveolar bone around the 2nd molar.
Disadvantages : Virtually every patient has some post operative buccal swelling for 2-3 days after surgery
COMPLICATIONS OF THIRD MOLAR SURGERY Surgical extraction of third molars is often accompanied by pain, swelling, trismus, and general oral dysfunction during the healing phase. Careful surgical technique and scrupulous perioperative care can minimize the frequency of complications and limit their severity. INTRAOPERATIVE During incision Facial or buccal vessel may be cut Lingual nerve injury Bleeding from Retromolar vessels During bone removal Damage to second molar and roots Fracture of mandible Bleeding
DURING ELEVATION Crown fracture root fracture fracture of the jaws slipping of tooth into lingual pouch damage to nerve aspiration of the tooth
DURING DEBRIDEMENT Damage to inferior alveolar nerve
Post operative complications
Pain: Swelling/edema Hematoma Excessive Bleeding: Trismus: Infection: Dry socketParaesthesia: Sensitivity Loss of vitality Pocket formation
FRACTURE OF THE JAW
The incidence of mandibular fracture during or after third molar removal has been reported to be 0.0049% . Mandibular fracture as an intraoperative or postoperative complication after surgical removal of the wisdom tooth is rare. HERTEL et al have reported its incidence to be 0.19%. Injudicious use of force during removal of the tooth, a deeply impacted tooth, and osteoporosis and other metabolic bone disorders or lesions, such as cysts or tumours, increase the likelihood of fracture. The presence of an impacted tooth in a severely atrophic mandible, or infection involving the bone surrounding the tooth, may also predispose to fracture.
DAMAGE TO NERVE
The incidence of lingual and IAN injuries reported ranges from 0.4% to 22%. The incidence of neurologic injuries from third molar surgery may be related to multiple factors, including surgeon experience and proximity of the tooth relative to the IAN canal. Horizontally impacted teeth are generally more difIicult to remove because of the increased need for bone removal and soft tissue manipulation with a higher incidence of nerve injuries.
PAIN: Pain caused by third molar surgery usually begins after the anesthesia from the procedure subsides and reaches peak levels 6 to 12 hours postoperatively. Pain is anticipated, and the use of numerous analgesics, including nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs and narcotics, has been advocated for management.
SWELLING/EDEMA Surgical edema is an expected sequela of removal of impacted teeth. Swelling usually reaches a maximum level 2 to 3 days postoperatively and should subside by 4 days and be completely resolved by 7 days . The use of ice and head elevation in the perioperative period may limit postoperative swelling and improve patient comfort . The preoperative use of systemic corticosteroids has been advocated to reduce immediate swelling, but debate still exists as to their efficacy
EXCESSIVE BLEEDING: Excessive bleeding is defined as bleeding beyond that expected from the extraction or continued bleeding beyond the postoperative window for clot formation (6–12 hours). Excessive bleeding and hemorrhage have been reported to occur in the range of 1% to 6% of third molar surgery. Preoperative assessment of intrinsic coagulation disorders and the use of anticoagulant and antiplatelet medications are essential. Of the predisposing risk factors reported, the most important is the level of the impaction and its proximity to the neurovascular bundle
TRISMUS: Trismus is often the result of surgical trauma and is secondary to masticatory muscle and fascial inflammation. As with surgical edema, there is evidence to support the preoperative use of steroids in reducing postoperative trismus.No current agreement exists as to the most beneficial dose, type, or timing of its administration, however.
Because of the large variety of indigenous oral flora, postoperative infection is of concern. Although the use of aseptic technique, hemostasis, meticulous tissue management, and complete and thorough lavage of extraction sites can decrease the likelihood of postoperative infection. The overall incidence of infection from third molar extraction has been reported to be in the range of 3% to 5%
Alveolar osteitis is one of the most common complications associated with third molar surgery. It is characterized by a severe throbbing pain that usually begins 3 to 5 days postoperatively According to the article in oral surgery clinics of north America volume 19 -Overall rates of alveolar osteitis vary in the literature from 1% to 30% According to Francois Blondeau et al about 3.6% of patients reported with alveolar osteitis .1.8% of the males examined and 4.9% of the total number of females were affected showing a female predilection
Among the most serious and often discussed postoperative complications that arise from third molar surgery is trigeminal nerve injury, specifically, involvement of either the inferior alveolar or lingual nerve. These nerves can be damaged as the result of direct or indirect forces. Direct injuries include those that result from anesthetic injections, crush injuries sustained during the extraction process or soft tissue management, and damage caused by the use of instruments. Indirect injuries to nerves can be the result of physiologic phenomena, including root infections, pressure from hematomas, and postsurgical edema . According to Anwar et al in the article sensory nerve impairment following third molar surgery (JOMS 2001) Post operative lingual nerve paresthesia occurred in 2.6% of patients operated with a significant rise in incidence associated with raising of the lingual flap. The incidence of inferior alveolar nerve paresthesia was 3.9%.
Damage to adjacent teeth
The incidence of damage to adjacent tooth has been reported to be 0.3% to 0.4%. Teeth with large restorations or carious lesions are always at risk of fracture or damage upon elevation. Correct use of surgical elevators and bone removal can help prevent this occurrence.
The removal of impacted third molars involves trauma to soft and bony tissue, resulting in swelling. It is not clear why some of these surgical extractions are followed by considerable swelling, whilst others are affected to a much lesser degree. Inflammatory response is a pre requisite for the subsequent healing process when present in the degree conducive to stimulate the process of repair. However excessive post operative edema is undesirable as it adversely affects and delays the process of healing. Therefore its control has become a subject of scientific enthusiasm
Several types of medications (antihistamines, enzymes and steroids) have been used to inhibit these post operative sequelae.
Conclusion Surgical removal of impacted tooth is a stressful experience for many patients.. As each patient and each surgical procedure are unique , surgeons should carefully assess the risk factors of removal of impacted tooth by proper diagnosis and choose correct surgical techniques to avoid surgical complications & minimizing adverse side effects thereby making the surgical experience more favorable for patients .
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