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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 6-13

Mandibular canine calcification stages as an indicator of skeletal maturity

1 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Sree Anjaneya Institute of Dental Sciences, Calicut, Kerala, India
2 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Government Dental College, Calicut, Kerala, India

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Supriya Gopalakrishnan
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Sree Anjaneya Institute of Dental Sciences, Calicut 673315, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_78_20

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Aims: The aim of this study was to verify whether there is significant relationship between stages of mandibular canine calcification and skeletal maturation and to determine whether the same can be used as a reliable diagnostic aid to assess skeletal maturity. Materials and Methods: The sample consisted of 50 males and 50 females aged between 8 and 15 years. Two radiographs namely orthopantomograph and handwrist radiograph were taken for this study. Skeletal age was ascertained from handwrist radiographs according to the method introduced by Fishman L.S. The developmental stages of mandibular canine were assessed according to Demirjian’s stages of dental calcification. Results: The relationship between canine stage calcification and skeletal maturity index was statistically significant in all stages. Interpretation and Conclusion: Mandibular canine calcification stages can be recommended as a supplemental diagnostic aid. Similar studies may be conducted in different population to rule out any possible racial and regional influences on growth characteristics.

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