Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 510–511 | Cite as

A Self-Retaining Lingual Flap Guarding Device During Surgical Removal of Impacted Mandibular Third Molar

  • Yuvaraj Vaithilingam
  • T. S. Balaji
  • Nithin Jude Joseph
  • Varsha Murthy
  • Suresh Kumar
Technical Note



Lingual nerve damage is one of the common complications following mandibular third molar surgery. On considering the impact of lingual nerve damage on the patient’s quality of life, it is necessary to exercise caution to minimize its occurrence.

Material and methods

Although many lingual retractors are available, in this article we describe an indigenously designed lingual retractor for use in mandibular third molar surgery.


The indigenous lingual retractor described in this article provides advantages like clear access and excellent retention unlike conventional retractors.


Lingual flap retractor Third molar surgery Lingual nerve damage 



I sincerely thank Dr. Krishnan B, Associate Professor, Department of Dentistry, JIPMER, for his help in preparing this manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest


Additional Information

This instrument is registered for patency under intellectual property India 5833/CHE/2015 ON 29-10-2015.


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© The Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuvaraj Vaithilingam
    • 1
  • T. S. Balaji
    • 1
  • Nithin Jude Joseph
    • 1
  • Varsha Murthy
    • 2
  • Suresh Kumar
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryIndira Gandhi Institute of Dental SciencesPondicherryIndia
  2. 2.Department of ProsthodontiaIndira Gandhi Institute of Dental SciencesPondicherryIndia
  3. 3.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryAdhi Parasakthi Dental College and HospitalMelmaruvathurIndia

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