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Original Article

Dental maturity as an indicator of development in children

2002, Volumen 32, Número 3
Paloma San Román, Juan C. Palma Fernández, M.ª Dolores Oteo, Esther Nevado
Departamento de Profilaxis, Odontopediatría y Ortodoncia. Facultad de Odontología. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid

The aim of this study was to determine the usefulness of dental maturation radiographic assessment to predict skeletal maturation. Left hand-wrist and panoramic radiographs of 958 Spanish children aged 5 to 18 years were measured. On left hand-wrist radiographs the classification of Grave and Brown was used to assess skeletal maturation. Dental maturation was evaluated with panoramic radiographs using the stages described by Nolla in cuspid, bicuspid, first, second and third molar, all of them in lower arch. Correlations coeficients were calculated to establish the relationship between dental maturation values measured at panoramic and skeletal maturation measured at wrist. All correlations values obtained were statistically significant (p<0.001). Results suggest that dental maturation can roughly estimate the maturation but to accurately determine it, we mut use more sensitive methods.  (Rev Esp Ortod. 2002;32(3):233-239)

Key words:
Skeletal maturation. Dental maturation. Development.
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