Maxillary Third Molar Displacement into the Infratemporal Fossa: Case Report and Literature Review

2021 • Volume 15 • Issue 4

Perla María Barrera Posada; Daniel Alejandro Guerra Leal & Jorge Alberto Martínez Treviño



One of the intraoperative complications of third molar surgery is the displacement of the tooth to adjacent anatomical spaces. This accident represents a small percentage of complications and is attributed to inadequate clinical planning and management. This report will specifically address the accidental displacement of upper third molars to the infratemporal fossa. A search was conducted by using the PubMed database with the keywords “third molar displacement”, a total of 22 articles were included according to the inclusion criteria. Two cases of displacement of the upper third molar to the infratemporal fossa managed at the Centro Academico de Atencion Odontologica (CAAD) of the Tecnologico de Monterrey will be reported. The aim of this paper is to present a management protocol for this complication.

KEY WORDS: third molar, infratemporal fossa, intraoperative complications.


How to cite this article

BARRERA, P. P. M.; GUERRA, L. D. A. & MARTÍNEZ, T. J. A. Maxillary third molar displacement into the infratemporal fossa: case report and literature review. Int. J. Odontostomat.,15(4):827-834, 2021.


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