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BMJ Case Rep. 2015; 2015: bcr2015212951.
Published online 2015 December 23. doi:  10.1136/bcr-2015-212951
PMCID: PMC4691870

A fractured tuberosity following attempted extraction


A 53-year-old man presented to the A&E department at Liverpool University Dental Hospital following urgent referral from his general dental practitioner. During attempted routine extraction of the 18 (upper right wisdom tooth), his general dental practitioner had noticed the palate tearing and the tuberosity displace during the procedure and stopped. Clinical and radiographic examination demonstrated a fractured tuberosity with associated lacerated soft palatal tissue (figures 1 and and2).2). The tuberosity and fractured tooth were grossly mobile and required stabilisation. Ideal management for this complication is a wire and composite splint in place for 6 weeks to allow for bony union. Following healing, an elective surgical procedure was performed to remove the remaining tooth. This image highlights a complication many patients are warned of but that few professionals will encounter in their careers.

Figure 1
Intra-oral photo demonstrating palatal tear.
Figure 2
Orthopantomogram demonstrating fracture line mesial to 18.


The authors would like to acknowledge the hard work of the staff within the oral diagnosis department in assisting in the care of the patient.


Competing interests: None declared.

Patient consent: Obtained.

Provenance and peer review: Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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