Acute Pericoronitis And The Position Of The Mandibular Third Molar In Nigerians

O Akpata
2009 Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Research  
This study evaluates the relationship of acute pericoronitis to the position of the mandibular third molar in Nigerians. One hundred and thirty-two cases of acute pericoronitis seen over a period of 6 months at the state Dental Centre, Kaduna were studied. The tooth with the highest risk for acute pericoronitis was found to be vertically positioned third molar (57.4%); followed respectively by distoangular (25.9%) and mesioangular (14.8%) impactions. The height of such a tooth in relation to
more » ... second molar was found to correlate with deep pocket distal to the tooth (P< 0.05). The observation in this study showed that most of the teeth of the vertically impacted group were either at the same occlusal level or slightly above. A change in the classification of vertical impaction into 'false' and 'true' vertical impactions is suggested.
doi:10.4314/jmbr.v6i1.10703 fatcat:5agn3jkzubcclj2oh5fwnd2yd4