Prevalence of impacted mandibular third molars and its association with distal caries in mandibular second molars using cone beam computed tomography.
AbstractThis study evaluated the prevalence and eruption’s pattern of impacted mandibular third molars (IMTM) and the influence of their eruption status on the distal caries of mandibular second molars (MSM) using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). Material and methods: CBCT images taken for different purposes in private dental practices were analyzed retrospectively. Radiographic assessment included: prevalence of IMTM, degree of angulation, level of impaction and type of IMTM. Furthermore, the distance between the cement-enamel junctions (CEJ) of second and third molars and the occurrence of caries lesion on the distal surface of MSM was also evaluated. Data were analyzed by chi square test and logistic regression was used to find the association between distal caries of MSM and eruption status of IMTM. Results: Three hundred and eight CBCTs were screened, the prevalence of IMTM was 36.88% and their angulation degree were mostly less than 90º (mesioangular). Amongst those with impaction, 58 subjects (43%) had distal caries on MSM, 29.6% in females and 30.4% in the age group 19-27 years. Caries on the distal side of MSM were significantly associated with age, level and type of impaction, angulation degree and CEJ distances (p<0.05). Conclusions: The prevalence of IMTM is high (36.88%) and there are significant relationships between angulation degree, level and type of impaction, and CEJ distances with caries on the distal side of MSM.
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