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Typical reduction

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Some of the cuts on this tree are fine but many are too aggressive. Reduction cuts should be made back to a smaller lateral branch that is large enough to assume the terminal role of the removed portion. This is often interpreted as a branch that is at least 1/3 to 1/2 the diameter of the removed portion.