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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 139-142

Root canal morphology of human primary maxillary molars in Indian population using spiral computed tomography scan: An in vitro study

1 Department of Pedodontics, SRM Dental College, SRM University, Chennai, India
2 Department of Pedodontics, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India
3 Specialist Pedodontist, Sunny Dental Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
4 Department of Pedodontics, Vinayaka Mission's Sankarachariyar Dental College and Hospital, Vinayaka Missions Deemed University, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0976-433X.125587

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Aim: The aim of the study was to evaluate the root canal morphology of primary maxillary molars in Indian population using spiral computed tomography (SCT). Materials and Methods: The 30 extracted primary maxillary molars were collected. The teeth were scanned using SCT. The scanned data was then transferred to image analysis software and evaluated for the following: Distance between the central fissure to furcation, distance between the central fissure to the floor of the pulp chamber, height of the pulp chamber (roof-floor), distance between the floor of the pulp chamber to the furcation and number of canals. Results: The results of this study shows that the average mean distance from the central fissure to the floor of the pulp chamber is 5.02 mm and 5.32 mm in first maxillary primary molar and second maxillary primary molar. Conclusion: Knowledge of the root canal morphology and anatomical landmarks of the primary maxillary molar might be a very helpful indicator to the dentist during access opening.

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