Dental anomalies’ characteristics

Tatiana Sella-Tunis*, Ofer Sarne, Israel Hershkovitz, Tamar Finkelstein, Aikaterini Maria Pavlidi, Yehoshua Shapira, Moshe Davidovich, Nir Shpack

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The aim of this study was to characterize dental anomalies. The pretreatment records (photographs and radiographs) of 2897 patients (41.4% males and 58.6% females) were utilized to detect dental anomalies. The dental anomalies studied were related to number, size and shape, position, and eruption. A Chi-square test was carried out to detect associations between dental anomalies, jaw, and sex. A total of 1041 (36%) of the subjects manifested at least one dental anomaly. The prevalence of all dental anomalies was jaw-dependent and greater in the maxilla, except for submerged and transmigrated teeth. The most frequently missing teeth were the maxillary lateral incisor (62.3%) and the mandibular second premolars (60.6%). The most frequent supernumerary teeth were the incisors in the maxilla (97%) and the first premolars in the mandible (43%). Dental anomalies are more frequent in the maxilla and mainly involve the anterior teeth; in the mandible, however, it is the posterior teeth. These differences can be attributed to the evolutionary history of the jaws and their diverse development patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1161
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021


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Dan David Prize


    • Dental anomalies
    • Dental diagnosis
    • Growth and development
    • Mandible
    • Maxilla


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