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Journal of Korean Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 2003;4(1):15-18.
Management of the Third Molar Tooth in Mandibular Angle Fracture.
Tae Hwang An, Eun Su Park, Sang Gu Kang, Soung Gyun Joung, Young Bae Kim
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea. taehwang@hanmail.net
The management of the third molar tooth in mandibular angle fracture is still controversial. Retrospective analysis of 197 cases of mandibular angle fractures associated with third molar tooth was undertaken. Selective prophylactic extraction of the third molar teeth were undertaken in 66 cases. The third molar teeth were retained in 131 fractures. The indication of extraction of the third molar teeth in mandibular angle fracture were as follows: 1) interfering with reduction of the fracture; 2) excessive mobility; 3) exposure of tooth root due to distraction of the fracture; 4) fractured teeth; 5) severely carious tooth 6) infected supporting structure. There were no significant differences between the complication rate in the "tooth removed" group and "tooth retained" group. Complications were minimal. Therefore proper management of the third molar tooth in mandibular angle fracture will minimize complication.
Keywords: Mandibular angle fracture; Third molar tooth


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