Coronectomy: Partial Odontectomy or Intentional Root Retention.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery clinics of North America

PubMedID: 26093820

Pogrel MA. Coronectomy: Partial Odontectomy or Intentional Root Retention. Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2015;.
Coronectomy is considered in patients older than 25, where there is an intimate relationship between the roots of a retained lower third molar (occasionally second or first molars) and the inferior alveolar nerve, in noncontraindicated circumstances. It may be used on younger patients with a medium to high risk of inferior alveolar nerve damage. The decision to use this technique is made with the aid of cone-beam computed tomography scans. Short- to medium-term success rate is excellent, but long-term studies are not yet available. The technique is gaining wider acceptance, although there are differences in the indications and actual technique used within and between countries.