An orthopantomography study of prevalence of impacted teeth

Department of Oral Surgery, Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
International Journal of Oral Surgery 02/1972; 1(3):117-20. DOI: 10.1016/S0300-9785(72)80001-2
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Orthopantomograms of a total of 4,063 individuals were included in the study and were taken from patients of the Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku. Impacted teeth were found in 14.1% of the patients. The teeth most frequently impacted were the third molars, 76.1%, and of these, no difference between the maxilla and mandible was observed. No difference in sex in the prevalence of third molars was observed. The prevalence of impacted maxillary cuspids was higher in females than in males. When the prevalence of the third molars in different age-groups was studied, a decrease was found with an increase in age. The prevalence of impacted cuspids was approximately the same in different age-groups.

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    • "Impaction of a permanent tooth is a relatively common clinical occurrence that may involve any tooth in the human dentition. Most commonly it involves the mandibular and maxillary third molars, the maxillary canines or central incisors and the mandibular second premolars [1] [2]. A tooth is impacted when it fails to erupt due to an obstacle such as the presence of a supernumerary tooth or an odontoma, lack of adequate space in the arch, an abnormal eruption path, or with no apparent etiology (idiopatic) [3]. "
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    • "But according to Edamatsu's study,[9] pericoronal radiolucency ≥2.5 mm around the crown of teeth is suggestive pathology. Previous studies have also suggested that pericoronal radiolucency ≥2.5 mm on a panoramic radiograph may state an abnormality.[9101112] "
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    • "Dental transmigration or intraosseous migration is an unusual developmental anomaly demonstrating the horizontal movement of an unerupted tooth which only affects the permanent dentition of the lower jaw [4,5]. The mandibular second premolar is the most commonly impacted tooth after the third molars and maxillary canines with an incidence of about 2.1% to 2.7% [6,7]. The frequency of intraosseous transposition of the mandibular second premolar is 0.25% and it more likely affects women (1.7:1 ratio). "
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