Removal of the Mandibular Third Molar
You will receive 2 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $82.00

This course discusses in detail some of the reasons for removal of the mandibular third molar, with or without symptoms or pathology.

Tara Aghaloo, DDS MD Show Full Bio

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. List a differential diagnosis for lesions in the area of the mandibular third molar.
  2. Compile a good clinical history, radiological studies, and histological sampling to focus the differential diagnosis of lesions in the area of the mandibular third molar.
  3. Understand the potential for possible fatal consequences if close follow-up is not achieved.
  4. Enumerate the multiple treatment options for normal and pathologic variants of third molars and their associated lesions.
  5. Understand the continuing controversy surrounding third molars and their extraction.


The removal of the asymptomatic mandibular third molar is one of great debate and frequent controversy. Sometimes these teeth need to be removed early for signs or symptoms of pathology and sometimes they can be observed for further pathologic progression. This course details some of the reasons to remove third molars, with or without associated symptoms or pathology, and reviews surgical considerations involving third molars with associated pathology. The discussion includes developmental variations, impaction, anatomical abnormalities, caries, infections, cysts, and tumors, as well as complications of removal. A differential diagnosis is presented, with current treatment options and recommendations.


  1. Introduction

  2. Developmental Anomalies

    1. Lingual Mandibular Salivary Gland Depression

    2. Impactions

    3. Root Resorption

  3. Caries

  4. Periodontitis

  5. Pericoronitis

  6. Ludwig's Angina

  7. Osteomyelitis

  8. Garre's Osteomyelitis

  9. Radicular Cyst

  10. Dentigerous Cyst

  11. Odontogenic Keratocyst

  12. Ameloblastoma

  13. Ameloblastic Fibroma

  14. Aneurysmal Bone Cyst

  15. Cemento-Ossifying Fibroma

  16. Cherubism

  17. Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  18. Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma

  19. Osteosarcoma

  20. Metastases

  21. Systemic Diseases with Posterior Mandible Manifestations

    1. Paget's Disease of Bone

    2. Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis

    3. Arteriovenous Malformations

    4. Fibrous Dysplasia

  22. Complications of Third Molar Extraction

  23. Summary


There are no references for this course.

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