International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
ISSN: 2319-5886 Indexed in: ESCI (Thomson Reuters)


Assessment of the Height of Mandibular Ramus According to Dental Status

Author(s):Alaa S. Mahdi, Omar Basheer Taha Al-Tekreeti, Areej A. Najm, Farah Abdul Salam Hadi and Baraa Fadel Ahmed

Aim: To compare the ramus height between dentulous and edentulous groups using dental panoramic tomography. Materials and methods: Orthopantomographic images of 15 dentulous and 15 edentulous subjects, aged 20-60 years were compared and evaluated to measure the ramus height. Results: The results showed significant difference in ramus height between dentulous and edentulous mandibles (p=0.001). Conclusion: It can be concluded that mandibular basal bony morphology changes as a consequence of tooth loss, which could be expressed as shortening of ramus height measurement and ramus height could be the best parameter to predict edentulous and dentate status. Clinical significance: As seen in this study, the ramus height would be decreased due to teeth loss and this may affect the morphology of the face of edentulous patients, so fabricating of a new dental prosthesis of the loosing tooth or teeth immediately may limit ramus height decreasing after losing of teeth.

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