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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2015, Article ID 372153, 3 pages
Case Report

A Rare Case of a Lost Suture Needle during Third Molar Surgery

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Marmara University, 34365 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 18 June 2015; Accepted 30 July 2015

Academic Editor: Mohammad Hosein K. Motamedi

Copyright © 2015 Sertac Aktop 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 authors report a case that is started with a simple upper third molar’s surgical extraction and a broken 3.0 suture needle tip incident occurred. Broken fragment’s localization has been detected with 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). Needle tip has been reached with the help of CBCT vision. CBCT’s benefits have been discussed on these types of cases and further migration of the needle tip during surgical procedure is reported.