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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-82

Location of mental foramen using digital panoramic radiography


1 Department of Oral Medicine, Royal Dental College, Chalissery, Kerala, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine, Narayana Dental College, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Orthodontics, PK Das Medical College, Ottapalam, Kerala, India

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Dr. Ajmal Mohamed
Department of Oral Medicine, Royal Dental College, Chalissery, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-1475.186365

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Objective: Comparative evaluation of the location of mental foramen in different age groups. Determine the variation in position of mental foramen with gender using digital panoramic radiography. Materials and Methods: Digital panoramic radiographs of 250 patients were reviewed. The study population was divided into five age groups with 50 patients each. Radiographic position of mental foramen was evaluated in each radiograph based on three parameters. Measurements were taken in each radiograph using Planmeca Dimaxis pro version 4.4.0 (Helsinki, Finland). The collected data were subjected to statistical analysis using paired Student's t-test. Results: The mean distance of position of mental foramen showed a significant variation within the five age groups. In the first group, female patients showed an increase in mean distance of mental foramen position in relation to three parameters. From the second to fifth groups, male patient showed an increase in the mean distance of mental foramen position. The first and fifth group showed a reduced mean distance of mental foramen position when compared to other age groups. Conclusion: This study concluded that the position of mental foramen varies with age. There was a gender-related variation in position of mental foramen within the population too.


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