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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 18-21

Prevalence and Distribution of Maxillary Canine Impaction in Orthodontic Patients

Director of Postgraduate studies Dept of Orthodontics Manipal College of Dental Sciences Manipal, Karnataka 576104, India

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Objective: This was a retrospective study carried out to determine the prevalence and sex distribution, as well as buccal/ palatal and unilateraV bilateral distribution of maxillary canine impaction in an Indian Orthodontic population group. Material and Method: Complete records of 1697 patients (age range 13-30 years) of the deparbnent of orthodontics in a teaching dental institution were investigated. The position that is buccal or palatal impacted maxillary canines was based on the confirmation during surgical exposure. Results and conclusion: The significant findings of this study are: 3.8% prevalence of maxillary canine impaction male to female ratio of 1:1.78 and buccal to palatal ratio of 1:1.46. These figures can provide a baseline for comparison with other population groups.

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