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Odontogenesis pp 341-356 | Cite as

Three-Dimensional Assessment of Crown Size and Eruption Space for Developing Third Molars: Data Collection Techniques Based on Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

  • D. F. Marchiori
  • G. V. Packota
  • J. C. Boughner
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1922)

Abstract

Third molar development and eruption are two related areas of major interest in dental research into the etiology of “wisdom tooth” impaction. Third molars are not only an excellent model for studying dental development but also of fundamental clinical importance because they are very frequently impacted. Because the third molar is located in the distal-most region of the oral cavity, clinical access is relatively challenging. With the increasingly widespread use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in dentistry, studies and measurements of the third molar and its eruption area have become considerably easier to do. Here we present a novel CBCT-based measurement methodology we developed for our recent investigations that we hope will also be useful for the broader dental research community.

Key words

Third molar 3D imaging Measurement techniques Tooth development Research methods Wisdom tooth impaction 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors thank the Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and the University of Saskatchewan, for allowing the use of specialized facilities as well as for the generous technical and financial resources provided in support to this project. Without their kind support, the development of the present study methodology would not be possible.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. F. Marchiori
    • 1
  • G. V. Packota
    • 2
  • J. C. Boughner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology, College of MedicineUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.College of DentistryUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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