Yan Yang; Hui Yang; Hongyin Pan; Jue Xu & Tao Hu
Alveolar bone dehiscences, which were “V” shaped defects related the margin of the alveolar bone, were common findings in different populations and decreased bony support of teeth. It was difficult to detect dehiscence during direct clinical examination. All of the previous studies on the prevalence of dehiscences were based on dry human skulls. In the current article, we evaluated the prevalence of dehiscences occurring naturally in a Chinese subpopulation, and prepared a classification of dehiscences using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). The high prevalence rate of dehiscences and different characteristics of each category suggest that it would be helpful for clinicians who perform periodontal surgery, endodontic surgery, implant surgery or orthodontic treatment to understand which teeth are most often associated with such bony defects, and to consider the effect of severe dehiscences on their diagnosis and treatment plan.
KEY WORDS: Alveolar bone loss; Periodontal disease; Cone-beam computed tomography; Oral surgery.
How to cite this article
YANG, Y.; YANG, H.; PAN, H.; XU, J. & HU, T. Evaluation and new classification of alveolar bone dehiscences using cone-beam computed tomography in vivo. Int. J. Morphol., 33(1):361-368, 2015.