Impacted Teeth Requiring Surgical Exposure for Orthodontic Treatment

Author(s): Vignesh S, Madhulaxmi M* and Arvina Rajasekar

Aim: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of the different types of the teeth requiring surgical exposure as impactions of various teeth are frequently encountered in clinical problems, the treatment of which usually requires an interdisciplinary approach.

Materials & Methods: Data collection was done from the department of oral surgery for patients undergoing surgical exposure of impacted teeth in course of their orthodontic treatment. A total sample data of 20 patients were obtained for a period of nine months (June 2019-April 2020). Statistical analysis was done by using chi-square test with SPSS software version 23.

Results: 58% of patients requiring surgical exposure were in the age group of below 20 years and 42% patients were above 20 years. There was a higher female (74%) predilection than the males (26%) for the surgical exposure. The major cause for the teeth to be involved for the surgical exposure is in case of the impacted conditions and the most commonly impacted teeth is the canine. The observed findings were statistically significant (p=0.03).

Conclusion: Within the limits of the present study, the gender predilection for the prevalence of the surgical exposure of the teeth during the orthodontic treatment is mainly higher in females and of the age group below 20 years with canine as the most commonly impacted teeth.


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