A digital volumetric tomography (DVT) study in the mandibular molar region for miniscrew placement during mixed dentition

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Edition V20N02 | Year 2015 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 55 to 60

Mayur S. Bhattad , Sudhindra Baliga , Pavan Vibhute

Objective: To assess bone thickness for miniscrew placement in the mandible during mixed dentition by using digital volumetric tomograph (DVT). Material and methods: A total of 15 healthy patients aged 8-10 years old, with early exfoliated mandibular second deciduous molar, were included. DVT images of one quadrant of the mandible were obtained using Kodak extraoral imaging systems and analyzed by Kodak dental imaging software. The error of the method (EM) was calculated using Dahlberg’s formula. Mean and standard deviation were calculated at 6 and 8 mm from the cementoenamel junction (CEJ).Paired t-test was used to analyze the measurements. Results: Buccal cortical bone thickness, mesiodistal width and buccolingual bone depth at 6 mm were found to be 1.73 + 0.41, 2.15 + 0.49 and 13.18 + 1.22 mm, respectively; while at 8 mm measurements were 2.42 + 0.34, 2.48 + 0.33 and 13.65 + 1.25 mm, respectively. EM for buccal cortical bone thickness, mesiodistal width and buccolingual bone depth was 0.58, 0.40 and 0.48, respectively. The difference in measurement at 6 and 8 mm for buccal cortical plate thickness (P < 0.05) and buccolingual bone thickness (P < 0.05) was found to be significant, whereas for mesiodistal width it was insignificant (P > 0.05). Conclusion: Bone thickness measurement has shown promising evidence for safe placement of miniscrews in the mandible during mixed dentition. The use of miniscrew is the best alternative, even in younger patients.

Miniscrews, Digital volumetric tomograph, Inter-radicular bone, Cortical bone,

Bhattad MS, Baliga S, Vibhute P. A digital volumetric tomography (DVT) study in the mandibular molar region for miniscrew placement during mixed dentition. Dental Press J Orthod. 2015 Mar-Apr;20(2):55-60. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2176-9451.20.2.055-060.oar

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