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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 2938691, 5 pages
Research Article

The Relationship between Dental Follicle Width and Maxillary Impacted Canines’ Descriptive and Resorptive Features Using Cone-Beam Computed Tomography

1Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Eskişehir, Turkey
2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Eskişehir, Turkey
3Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey

Correspondence should be addressed to Rıdvan Okşayan; moc.liamtoh@nayasko.navdir

Received 14 September 2017; Accepted 10 October 2017; Published 1 November 2017

Academic Editor: Gasparini Giulio

Copyright © 2017 İlhan Metin Dağsuyu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. To assess the relationship between dental follicle width and maxillary impacted canines’ descriptive and resorptive features with three-dimensional (3D) cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). Methods. The study comprised 102 patients with cone-beam computed tomography 3D images and a total of 140 impacted canines. The association between maxillary impacted canine dental follicle width and the variables of gender, impaction side (right and left), localization of impacted canine (buccal, central, and palatal), and resorption of the adjacent laterals was compared. Measurements were analyzed with Student’s -test, Kruskal-Wallis test, and Mann–Whitney statistical test. Results. According to gender, no statistically significant differences were found in the follicle size of the maxillary impacted canine between males and females (). Widths of the follicles were determined for the right and left impaction sides, and no statistically significant relation was found (). There were statistically significant differences between root resorption degrees of lateral incisors and maxillary impacted canine follicle width (). Statistically significant higher follicle width values were present in degree 2 (mild) resorption than in degree 1 (no) and degree 3 (moderate) resorption samples (). Conclusions. No significant correlation was found between follicle width and the variables of gender, impaction side, and localization of maxillary impacted canines. Our study could not confirm that increased dental follicle width of the maxillary impacted canines exhibited more resorption risk for the adjacent lateral incisors.