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Contemp Clin Dent. 2010 Jan;1(1):27-30. doi: 10.4103/0976-237X.62518.

Clinical and orthopantomographic evaluation of mandibular third molar.

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Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnartaka, India.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate sensitivity of orthopentograph (OPG) in assessing the number and morphology of roots of the mandibular third molar.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The study population consisted of 100 ILTMs (impacted lower third molars) ranging from 18 to 42 years with equal sex distribution. All the teeth were subsequently extracted, collected and compared with OPG features for position, number, morphology, and relation to mandibular canal.

CONCLUSION:

In conclusion, a large sample study is suggested with techniques like Clark's and right angle technique which determines the three-dimensional orientation of the impacted teeth.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical anatomy; diagnostic imaging number and morphology of roots; impacted lower third molar; radiographic anatomy

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