J Oral Med Oral Surg
Volume 27, Number 2, 2021
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Published online||02 March 2021|
Surgical uprighting of impacted mandibular second molar: a narrative review
General Dentist, Private Practice, WA, USA
2 Department of Molecular Bioscience, Bellevue College, WA, USA
3 First year Orthodontic resident, Georgia School of Orthodontics, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
4 Ministry of Bahrain, Bahrain
5 Rush Orthodontics and Craniofacial Center, Rush University Medical Center, IL, USA
* Correspondence: soumya_Padala@rush.edu
Accepted: 25 November 2020
Early diagnosis of impacted mandibular second molar (MM2) is critical since treatment at a later stage can be complicated. It often requires a multidisciplinary approach. Surgical uprighting of impacted MM2 appears to be a safe, effective, and a reliable alternative to conventional orthodontic mechanics with minimal risk of morbidity or pulpo-periodontal problems. Timely diagnosis is critical and factors affecting treatment outcomes must be assessed for a successful outcome. Although surgical uprighting or repositioning is the most commonly prescribed option for MM2 management, there isn't a review of literature that discusses the etiology, assessment, and surgical management of impacted MM2 with an emphasis on surgical uprighting technique and comparing various factors that affect the outcome.
Key words: Surgical uprighting / impacted second molar
© The authors, 2021
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