A Self-Retaining Lingual Flap Guarding Device During Surgical Removal of Impacted Mandibular Third Molar
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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.
KeywordsLingual 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.
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Conflict of interest
This instrument is registered for patency under intellectual property India 5833/CHE/2015 ON 29-10-2015.
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