REMOVAL OF A SUPERNUMERARY TOOTH DISPLACED INTO THE INFRATEMPORAL FOSSA DURING EXTRACTION
Accidental displacement of an impacted tooth into the infratemporal fossa (ITF) is a rare but serious complication because of the vulnerable nature of surrounding anatomical structures. The aim of this case report is to present a 40-year-old male patient who reported painful symptoms on the right side of his face. Panoramic radiography and cone beam computed tomography revealed an impacted third molar, and a supernumerary tooth positioned immediately below it. The patient was operated under local anesthesia. The third molar was easily removed, but the supernumerary tooth was inadvertently displaced into the ITF during the procedure. The position of the tooth was confirmed by radiographic examination and it was immediately removed intraorally by expanding the flap and carefully dissecting the soft tissues. Clinical aspects of this rare complication were evaluated with special emphasis being on the reliability of imaging modalities and surgical techniques.
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