A Self-Retaining Lingual Flap Guarding Device During Surgical Removal of Impacted Mandibular Third Molar.

Research paper by Yuvaraj Y Vaithilingam, T S TS Balaji, Nithin Jude NJ Joseph, Varsha V Murthy, Suresh S Kumar

Indexed on: 19 Oct '17Published on: 19 Oct '17Published in: Journal of maxillofacial and oral surgery


Lingual nerve damage is one of the common complications following mandibular third molar surgery. On considering the impact of lingual nerve damage on the patient's quality of life, it is necessary to exercise caution to minimize its occurrence.Although many lingual retractors are available, in this article we describe an indigenously designed lingual retractor for use in mandibular third molar surgery.The indigenous lingual retractor described in this article provides advantages like clear access and excellent retention unlike conventional retractors.