Diego Garcia Nova & Víctor Sanhueza Olea
The displacement of a third molar into an adjacent anatomical space, either in its entirety or a fragment of it, has been described as a rare but possible complication of third molar extractions. This report will specifically address the accidental displacement of a lower third molar into the left submandibular space, which was surgically removed through an intraoral approach under general anesthesia, by the maxillofacial surgeon team of “Hospital de Urgencia Asistencia Pública”, Santiago, Chile. An literature review was carried out on PubMed platform with the keywords "“third molar – submandibular – displacement”", obtaining a total of 17 articles where are reported 15 cases. The purpose of this paper is to present recommendations on the current management of this complication based on the available literature.
KEY WORDS: third molar, intraoperative complications, submandibular space, displacement.
How to cite this article
GARCIA, N. D. & SANHUEZA, O. V. Lower third molar displacement to submandibular space: Case report and literature review. Int. J. Odontostomat., 17(3):274-280, 2023.