Removal of wisdom teeth
Most cases are routine but occasionally the tooth lies close to the nerve supplying feeling to the lower lip. In these cases most of the tooth above the nerve is removed leaving the rest in place – preventing damage to the nerve. This is called Coronectomy.
X-ray showing lower right wisdom tooth with associated cyst (large arrow). Nerve to lower lip intimately related to root (small arrow). Line to show where tooth is to be cut:
X-Ray Pre Removal
Post surgery X-ray showing result. Tooth remnant remains and over a 6 month period new bone is formed covering the root and filling the tooth socket.
X-Ray After Removal