Accidental displacement of impacted maxillary and mandibular third molars

Quintessence Int. 2004 May;35(5):375-7.


Displacement of impacted third molars is frequently mentioned in oral and maxillofacial surgery textbooks, but rarely reported. However, should this complication arise in general practice, the clinician should not embark on potentially complicated and hazardous surgical procedures to retrieve the displaced tooth. Administration of prophylactic broad spectrum antibiotics and urgent referral to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is recommended.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications*
  • Male
  • Mandible / diagnostic imaging
  • Mandible / surgery
  • Maxilla / surgery
  • Maxillary Sinus / diagnostic imaging
  • Molar, Third / surgery*
  • Radiography, Panoramic
  • Tooth Extraction / adverse effects*
  • Tooth Socket / diagnostic imaging
  • Tooth, Impacted / surgery*