Iatrogenic mandibular fracture associated with third molar removal. Can it be prevented?


Removal of third molars is the most common procedure in oral surgery. It may be associated with complications, such as sensory damage , dry socket, infection and iatrogenic damage. A case of mandibular angle fracture during third molar extraction in a 37-year-old female is reported. Literature review on the possible etiologies and ways of prevention were recorded. The reason is believed to be multifactorial and include: age, gender, degree of impaction, relative volume of the tooth in the jaw, preexisting infection or bone lesions, failure to maintain a soft diet in the early postoperative period and the surgical technique. It is possible to reduce the risk of this complication by adoption of preventive measures.

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@article{Woldenberg2007IatrogenicMF, title={Iatrogenic mandibular fracture associated with third molar removal. Can it be prevented?}, author={Yitzhak Woldenberg and I. Gatot and Lisa Bodner}, journal={Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal}, year={2007}, volume={12 1}, pages={E70-2} }