A Difficulty Chart for Estimation of Treatment Duration of Palatally Impacted Canines

Authors

  • Riyadh A. Ruwiaee1 , Dhuha A. Al-Ali2 , Mushriq F. Abid 3

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1540

Keywords:

Palatally impacted canine; Treatment time; Difficulty chart, Surgical exposure.

Abstract

Treatment of maxillary impacted canine is a challenging process to dental specialists and orthodontists.

The aim of the present study was to assess the duration of orthodontic treatment of palatally impacted

canines, using a difficulty chart as an estimate of the prognosis, and relating it to the treatment time and to

other factors that might affect the treatment duration. A cross-sectional study was undertaken using a self

administered questionnaire to be completed by orthodontists (82 participants). An index was used as a tool

to assess the prognosis and treatment duration. The study found that 48.7% of active orthodontic treatment

time for palatally impacted canines was completed in 1.5 to 2 years. The number of active treatment visits

per patient was between 16 and 22 (62% of treatment visits). In terms of the treatment performed, 81.7%

of cases had space created prior to surgical exposure, and 59.8% had open surgical exposure. Failed to

attend visits by the patient accounted for 48.4% and 62.2% did not require repeated surgical exposure.

Interestingly, 85% of the cases had ‘good’ or ‘average’ prognosis (49% and 36%, respectively). A prognostic

chart can provide an estimate for the treatment time to bring a palatally impacted canine into the arch. This

information might be valuable for both orthodontists and their patients, to estimate the time of the planned

treatment and provide a valid consent form.

Author Biography

Riyadh A. Ruwiaee1 , Dhuha A. Al-Ali2 , Mushriq F. Abid 3

1 BDS, MSc/ Post Graduate/ 2 BDS, MSc / post graduate, 3BDS, MSc, PhD Assist Prof. / Department of

Orthodontics/College of Dentistry/University of Baghdad

Published

2020-07-24

How to Cite

Riyadh A. Ruwiaee1 , Dhuha A. Al-Ali2 , Mushriq F. Abid 3. (2020). A Difficulty Chart for Estimation of Treatment Duration of Palatally Impacted Canines. Medico Legal Update, 20(3), 1040-1046. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1540

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