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Eur J Orthod. 2001 Dec;23(6):663-70.

Mesio-marginal findings at tilted molars. A histological-histomorphometric study.

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  • 1Department of Orthodontics, Free University Brussels (VUB), Belgium.


The aim of this study was to investigate the mesio-marginal findings at tilted molars (TM) by means of histological-histomorphometric evaluation. Eight lateral tooth bone segments with TM (six mandibular, two maxillary) from males aged 20-32 years were compared with those of eight samples with non-tilted molars (NTM) in males aged 18-35 years. In comparison with the NTM samples, the TM revealed a higher amount of supra- and subgingival plaque, a significantly higher total number of inflammatory cells (P < 0.05) and blood vessels (P < 0.05) in the connective tissue adjacent to the junctional epithelium, and a lower density and corono-apical width of gingival fibres. No significant differences (P > 0.05) were found between the mesio-marginal bone level of the TM (mean: 978 microns) and that of the NTM (mean: 1222 microns). In contrast, indications were found that TM may affect the disto-marginal bone level of the mesial tooth.

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