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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 192-194

Variation in buccal surface morphology of deciduous first molars


1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, S.K.S.S. Dental College, Sarabha, Ludhiana, India
2 Research associate, Smile Train Project, Hyderabad, India
3 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, ITS Dental College, Greater Noida, India
4 Department of Prosthodontics, S.K.S.S. Dental College, Sarabha, Ludhiana, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.105009

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Background: The buccal bulge of the deciduous first molars has always been a restorative challenge to the pediatric dentist. Morphologically it may vary from a slight prominence to a well-developed cusp-like structure. Aim: This study was conducted to determine the variable buccal surface morphology of deciduous first molar and its clinical relevance. Materials and Methods: A prospective study was conducted whereby 2016 patients visiting the outpatient clinic of dental hospital over 1 year were evaluated. Any variation in buccal surface morphology of the deciduous first molars was recorded photographically or by replicating in dental stone. Results: Varied morphological patterns on buccal surface were observed for which a new classification scheme has been proposed. Conclusion: The surface morphology of deciduous teeth crowns must be studied carefully as it may be indicative of pulpal extensions and accessory roots, requiring consideration during restorative treatment planning.






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