15: Radiographic assessment and localization of unerupted maxillary canines

Radiographic assessment and localization of unerupted maxillary canines

Assessment of unerupted maxillary canines

The upper canines are often misplaced and fail to erupt as a result of their long path of eruption, the timing of their eruption and the frequency of upper arch overcrowding. Many of the factors that influence the treatment of this anomaly can be obtained from the radiographic assessment, the purpose of which is two-fold:

Assessment of the canine size and shape and the surrounding tissues

Radiographic interpretation

The specific features that need to be examined relate to:

Note: These views, on their own, do not provide information as to the position of the canines.

Assessment of the position of the canine – localization

There are several methods available for localization. They can be used for canines and other unerupted teeth as well as odontomes and supernumeraries. Although emphasis in this section is on canines, examples of localization of other unerupted developmental anomalies are also shown.

Jan 12, 2015 | Posted by in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology | Comments Off on 15: Radiographic assessment and localization of unerupted maxillary canines
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