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#18 Seven Steps For Predictable Removal Of Mandibular Third Molar Impactions

Step 6 – Close. Primary closure of lower third molar surgical sites is controversial. Several studies have found pain and swelling were less severe with secondary closure than with primary closure.

A single interrupted suture can be placed distal to the second molar. Envelope flaps for maxillary third molars do not require sutures.