Clinical Case: How do I quantify the risk of nerve injury with wisdom teeth extraction? (VIDEO SOLUTION)
A 56 year old male has a partially impacted wisdom tooth #3.8, communication to the mouth, pericoronitis and a complaint of persistent pain associated with the tooth. You take a panorex and note the overlap of the inferior alveolar nerve. Based on current scientific data, what is the risk, during an extraction, of an intimate association between the tooth and nerve? Is there a scientifically valid way of determining which developing wisdom teeth are likely to become partially impacted?
The video answer to these questions can be viewed below.