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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 392148, 4 pages
Case Report

Removal of a Maxillary Third Molar Displaced into Pterygopalatine Fossa via Intraoral Approach

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey
2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

Received 12 December 2012; Accepted 14 January 2013

Academic Editors: A. Celebić and A. Markopoulos

Copyright © 2013 Nedim Özer et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The removal of impacted maxillary third molars is one of the most common procedures performed in oral and maxillofacial surgery units with low rates of complications and morbidity. A few cases of accidental displacement of third molars into adjacent anatomical spaces, such as the infratemporal fossa, the pterygomandibular space, the maxillary sinus, buccal space, or the lateral pharyngeal space, during surgical interventions have been reported. In this paper, a case of a maxillary third molar accidentally displaced into the pterygopalatine fossa is presented, and the removal of the tooth via intraoral approach is described.