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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

October 2010
Volume 41 , Issue 9

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Surgical Repositioning Of A Severely Impacted Mandibular Second Molar

Fidan Alakus Sabuncuoglu, DDS, PhD/Metin Sencimen, PhD/Aydın Gülses, DDS

Pages: 725–729
PMID: 20806096

A 16-year-old girl was referred for surgical-orthodontic treatment with the chief complaint of an unerupted mandibular left second molar. With the exception of this molar, the patient had a fully erupted permanent dentition. A panoramic radiograph showed a horizontally impacted mandibular left second molar beneath a mesially impacted third molar. A surgical approach was used to upright and reposition the impacted second molar. When a molar is severely impacted, surgical uprighting may provide a viable option when other treatment modalities are contraindicated. This case shows an example of successful use of a surgical approach for uprighting and repositioning an impacted molar. The impacted molar was moved into its proper position with surgical exposure, after which it showed good stability. (Quintessence Int 2010;41:725–729)

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