A stubborn wisdom tooth

A stubborn wisdom tooth

A patient attended our chamber with the complain of continuous pain in the lower left jaw for several months with occasional food impaction. On examination the patient had signs of pericoronitis around lower left third molar. Preferred treatment option in such cases is to extract the wisdom tooth. The apparently innocent tooth had a severely curved “hook shaped” root that made the extraction very difficult. Eventually the tooth had to be sectioned into two parts and each part was extracted separately. A classic example of why sectioning makes the extraction easier most of the time. Without sectioning there was a high chance of fracture of the root and the extraction would have become ten times more difficult.

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