OPERCULECTOMY PROCEDURE AS A CONSERVATIVE APPROACH IN THE PERICORONITIS OF PERMANENT MOLARS: A CASE SERIES
Dr. Shazan Mohammed Khan and Dr. Tahera Tarek Syed*
Pericoronitis is an acute or chronic periodontal inflammation around the crown of erupting or impacted teeth.
Erupting permanent molars and partially impacted teeth often present with pericoronitis leading to dilemma in
diagnosis and treatment options, as to whether to extract or retain the tooth. Depending on the circumstances, these
molars may erupt in proper alignment and remain functional, otherwise they remain impacted at different levels
and angulations in the jaws. In these cases, operculectomy procedures would be preferred over extraction owing to
its conservative approach. Here, we are presenting a case series on erupting permanent molars teeth with
pericoronitis in the age group of 13 to 30 years.
Keywords: Erupting and Impacted Molars, Pericoronitis, Operculectomy, Extraction.
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