Third Molar Impaction Extraction

# If impacted 3rd molar is to be extracted in patient planned for bilateral sagittal split osteotomy then extraction should be done:
a) 8-12 weeks after surgery
b) At the time of surgery
c) 1 month after surgery
d) 6 month before surgery

The correct answer is D. 6 months before surgery.

The poor split occurs more in cases where the last molar is removed at the time of surgery. Hence it is advised to have the last molar (if needed) to be removed about 6 months prior to surgery.

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