Patient Education: Coronectomy

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Patient Education: Third Molar Coronectomy

What is a Coronectomy?

A coronectomy is a surgical procedure where only the crown (top part) of a third molar (wisdom tooth) is removed, leaving the roots intact. This is done to avoid damage to the inferior alveolar nerve or mandibular canal that are close to the roots of the tooth.

Purpose of the Procedure

The main purpose of a coronectomy is to reduce the risk of nerve damage that can occur during the extraction of wisdom teeth, especially when the roots are close to the nerve.

Procedure Details

  • You will be given local anesthesia to numb the area.
  • The dentist will carefully remove the crown portion of the tooth, leaving the roots in place.
  • The area will be cleaned and stitched up.

Risks and Complications

While coronectomy is a safe procedure, there are some risks involved, including:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Dry socket
  • Incomplete removal of the tooth

Recovery Process

  • You may experience some pain and swelling after the procedure. Pain medications and ice packs can help alleviate these symptoms.
  • Eat soft foods and avoid strenuous activities for a few days.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene but avoid brushing near the surgical site.
  • Attend follow-up appointments as scheduled to monitor healing.

Alternative Options

In some cases, complete extraction of the third molar or orthodontic treatment may be alternative options. Your dentist will recommend the best option based on your specific situation.

Concerns and Questions

If you have any concerns or questions about the coronectomy procedure, please do not hesitate to ask your dentist. It's important to fully understand the procedure and its benefits.