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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-3

Assessment of impaction pattern of mandibular third molars: A radiographic survey

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. C Deepak
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DOI: 10.4103/ijosr.ijosr_6_21

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Introduction: Third molars are known as wisdom teeth as they erupt after 18 years of age. In a lot of individuals, they fail to erupt onto the oral cavity owing to a variety of reasons, the most common being lack of space in the dental arch. The aim of this study is to assess the pattern of Mandibular third molar impactions using the orthopantomograph (OPG). Materials and Methods: OPGs of 150 patients (91 female and 59 male) who were between 18 and 25 years of age and had impacted mandibular third molars were assessed for gender, side of the mandible having greater frequency of impaction, and the pattern of impaction of the third molars. Results: Bilateral imapction (26.66%) was more common when compared with than and particular left (23.33%) or right (19.33%) unilateral impactions. The mesioangular pattern of impaction was more common in both male and female and was followed by distoangular, vertical, and horizontal patterns. Conclusion: The study showed that there was no gender predilection in the presence of impacted mandibular third molars and that the mesioangular pattern of impaction was more common.

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