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Impacted tooth is the tooth that has failed to erupt completely or partially to its correct position in the dental

arch and its eruption potential has been lost.

Severely impacted wisdom tooth CT scan - upper right

Order of frequency of impacted teeth

Mandibular third molar Maxillary third molar Maxillary canine

Mandibular premolar
Maxillary premolar Mandibular canine Maxillary central incisors Maxillary lateral incisors

INADEQUATE SPACE IN THE DENTAL ARCH FOR ERUPTION The physiologic theory Due to evolution, there may not be room for 3rd molar to emerge in oral cavity. Mendelian theory Role of genetic variations. If individual genetically receives a small jaw from one of the parents and/or large teeth from the other parent.

CAUSE OF IMPACTION OF A TOOTH CAN BE DIVIDED INTO :LOCAL CAUSE Obstruction for eruption Lack of space in the dental arch > crowding > supernumerary teeth Ankylosis of primary and permanent teeth Nonabsorbing over-retained deciduous teeth Nonabsorbing alveolar bone Ectopic position of tooth bud dilaceration of roots Associated soft tissue or bony lesions Habits involving tongue, finger, thumb, cheek, pencil, etc! SYSTEMIC CAUSE Prenatal causes - heredity Postnatal ricketts, anaemia, tuberculo -sis, congenital syphilis, malnutrition Endocrinal disorders of thyroid, parathi - roid, pituitary glands likes hypothiroid - ism, achondroplasia, etc. Here the primary retention of teeth due to lack of osteoclastic activity, which dose not provide resorption of the bone overlying the developing tooth Hereditary-linked disorders Down synd. , hurlers syndrom, osteopetrosis. Cleidocranial disostosis, cleft palate etc. Here failure of the overlying bone to resorb and develop an eruption path way is absent


Recurrent pericoronitis/ pain / infection / caries pericoronitis

Deep periodontal pocket

Prior to orthodontics treatment to control the tooth crowding in the mandible Prevent of root resorption and caries of adjacent II molar Management of cysts of tumours , abscess of odontogenic origin Prevention of pathological fracture Preparation of orthognathic surgery Management of preprosthetic concerns Impacted teeth in the line of fracture Prophylactic removal


Maxillary and mandibular third molar molars are classified radio graphically by radio graphically, depth and arch length or relationship to the anterior aspect of the ascending mandibular ramus. WINTERS CLASSIFICATION ANGULATION According to the position of the impacted third molar to the long axis of the second molar. The winter classification suggest Mesioangular Horizontal Vertical

Buccoangular linguoangular Unusual position

DEPTH As per relation to the occlusal surface of the adjoining second molar of the impacted maxillary or mandibular third molar . Position A : The highest position of the tooth is on a level with or above the occlusal line. Position B : Highest position is below the occlusal plane, but above the cervical level of the second molar. Position C : Highest position of the tooth is below the cervical level of the second molar


Based on the space available distal to the second molar

Class I : Sufficient space available between the anterior border of the ascending ramus and the distal side of the second molar for eruption of the third molar Class II : The space available between the anterior border of the ramus and distal side of the second molar is less than the mesiodistal width of the crown of the third molar. Class III : The third molar totally embedded in the bone from the ascending ramus because of the absolute lack of space.

As per the angulation As per the depth As per the space available for the eruption Configuration of the roots of the impacted tooth Length of the root longer = difficulty

Root development less than 1/3 = difficulty

Curvature of the root dilacerated, curved, divergent = difficulty Root size thin, slender roots, stout, bulbous, hypercementosis roots Bone texture and density depend on age, sex, & systemic problem Younger pt. = spongy, elastic, pliable bone

Older pt. = sclerosed bone

Size of the follicular sac large = easier small = difficult Space or contact in relation to mandibular second molar Relation to the inferior alveolar neurovascular bundle

Nature of covering tissue :

Soft tissue impaction Partial bony impaction Fully bony impaction Access to the operative field, inability to open mouth wide, large uncontrolled tongue, small orbicularis muscle.

RADIOLOGICAL EXAMINATION Intraoral X-ray Possible if tooth in the alveolus not in the ramus Possible if oral opening is adequate If no gagging Useful to study the configuration of the roots and status of the crown. Useful to record the relationship with inferior alveolar canal Three imaginary line are drawn which are known as Winters line

White line The line is drawn touching the occlusal surface of Ist & IInd molar and is extended posteriorly distal to IIIrd molar or to the ramus.
Amber line - The line is drawn from the crest of the interdental septum B/W the molar & extended posteriorly distal to IIIrd molar or to ramus. Red line Is drawn perpendicular from the amber line to an imaginary point of application of the elevator. Its indicate the bone removal.

Extraoral radiograph
For mandibular teeth
>OPG >Lateral oblique view mandible
Lateral oblique view mandible

For maxillary teeth

> OPG > PA view water position OPG

Asepsis and isolation Local anaesthesia / sedation + LA / general anaesthesia Incision flap design Reflection of mucoperiosteal flap Bone removal

Sectioning ( division ) of tooth

Elevation Debridement and smoothing of bone Control of bleeding Closure suturing Medication Antibiotic , Analgesic , etc. Follow - up

Isolation of Surgical site

Scrubbing + painting of oral mucosa. Scrubbing solutions used first on skin only Cetrimide + absolute alcohol or cetrimide + povidone + iodine Cetrimide + absolute alcohol + chlorhexidine Cleaninig solution used on skin only to remove residual soap solution Normal saline Alcohol spirit Painting solution act topically to inhibit further growth of microbes chlorhexidine gluconate 7.5% for skin , 0.2 % for oral cavity Drape the patient with sterile drapes to cover upper part of the face to isolate the oral cavity

Local anaesthesia
For mandibular molar and canine pterygomandibular nerve block For maxillary molar PSA Palatine nerve block infiltration For maxillary canine Infraorbital nerve block Palatine infiltration of incisive canal Bilateral palatine nerve blocks

Incision ( Flap Design )

The incision for this mucoperiosteal flap will have a anterior limb and posterior limb connected with or without an intermediate limb For Mandibular Molar Anterior releasing incision begin from the vestibule upwards towards midway of the CEJ of the IInd molar at an angle. If IIIrd molar is deep and surgery requires more removal of bone, the incision should be placed anterior to the Iind molar. The incision is then continues in the gingival sulcus ( over the alveolar crest if tooth is fully embedded ) up to the distal aspect of the IIIrd molar. Distal releasing incision should started from distal most point of the third molar across external oblique ridge into the buccal mucosa .

1. Vertical mucoperiosteal flap design

2. An envelope flap design

The sharp point periosteal elevator is used to carefully elevate a mucoperiosteal flap beginning at the point of the incision behind the IInd molar. The elevator is brought forward to elevate the periosteum around the Iind molar and down the releasing incision. The other flatter end of the periosteal elevator is then used to elevate the posteriorly to the ascending ramus of the mandible.

Bone Removal
Aim To exposed the crown by removing the bone overlying it To remove the bone obstructing the pathway for removal of the tooth Two Ways Of Bone Removal High speed, High torque handpiece and bur technique Chisel and mallet technique

Bur technique 7/8 round bur or a straight no. 703 fissure bur is used.
Bur should always used with copious saline irrigation to avoid thermal trauma.

First step The bur is used in sweeping motion around the III molar crown except lingual aspect to expose it. Second step Once the crown has been located, the buccal surface of the tooth is exposed with the bur to the cervical level of the contour & a buccal trough or gutter is created. The bone removal around the crown is done till CEJ and the expose the crown beyond the greatest width.

Precaution while drilling the bone Protect the overlaying tissue by retraction with either periosteal elevator or Langenbeck retractor . Continuous irrigation to reduced thermal necrosis of the bone.

Chisel and mallet technique Historical important Very rarely used Less bone necrosis than bur technique Can cause inadvertent fracture of the bone The jaw bone should be supported, while using this technique. First step For mandible and maxillary molar, placement of vertical stop cut, which is made by placing a 3 or 5 mm chisel vertically at the distal aspect of the IInd molar with facing posteriorly ( 5 to 6 mm height ). Second step At the base of the vertical stop cut, the chisel is placed an angle of 45 degree with the bevel facing upwards or occlusaly, and oblique cut is made till the distal most point of third molar. This will removal of triangular piece of buccal plate distal to second molar Additional triangular piece of bone is removed at the junction of vertical and oblique bone cut to gain the entry of the elevator tip. Finally distal bone must be removed

Tooth sectioning, Elevation and Extraction Reduce the amount of bone removal. Reduces the risk of damaging the neighbouring teeth. The direction of sectioning depends on the angulation of impacted tooth. Can be performed either with a bur or chisel. The tooth is usually sectioned to with the bur then completely sectioned with the elevator. Mesioangular Impaction Distal half of the crown is sectioned off from buccal groove till the CEJ. A straight elevator is placed in the cut and rotated to fracture the distal portion of the crown which is removed. Then a straight elevator is placed on the mesial aspect of III molar below the cervical area. If the access to the elevator is not possible then a cryer or crane pick elevator can be used to elevate the tooth.

Distoangular Impaction Most difficult. Large amount of distal bone removal is required. The crown is sectioned from the roots just above the cervical line after sufficient bone is removed from the occlusal and distobuccal aspect. The entire crown is removed to improve the visibility and access to the roots. If the roots are divergent they are further sectioned into two pieces and delivered individually.

1. Horizontal

2. Mesioangular

3. vertically

4. distolingual

Coupland elevator placed at the base of the crown. Winters cryer may be used in wedging action/buccal elevation. Debridement and Smoothening of Bone Margins Irrigation of the socket. Curettage to remove any remnants. Look for pieces of coronal portion, granulation tissue, bleeding points. Round off the margins of the socket with bone file. Irrigate the socket again. Control bleeding after suturing. Closure 3-0 black silk is used. Interrupted suture given and maintained for 7 days. In case of molars, suture distal to second molar should be placed first and should be water tight to prevent pocket formation. In case of palatally impacted canines, incisive papilla should be sutured carefully.

Intraoperative complication
During incision For molars - facial vessels or buccal vessels may be cut. For lower canine mental vessel may be damaged. For upper canine - incisive canal or greater palatine vessel may be damaged. During Bone Removal Damage to the II molar, damage to the roots of overlying teeth, damage to the soft tissue, fracture of the mandible when using chisel and mallet. During elevation Luxation of neighbouring tooth Fracture of adjoining bone Fracture of the tuberosity slipping of the tooth into pterigomandibular / temporal spaces, sub lingual pouch and maxillary sinus Damage to nasal wall / overlying teeth / lingual, inferior alveolar or mental nerve

During debridement Damage to inferior alveolar nerve / lingual nerve. Damage the maxillary sinus

Postoperative complication
Pain, swelling, trismus, hypoesthesia, sensivity, loss of vitality of neighbouring tooth. Pocket formation, sinus track formation, oroantral fistula, ornasal fistula.