Journal of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2010;37(1):57-64.
Published online February 28, 2010.
INTERRELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VERTICAL FACIAL TYPE AND DENTAL MATURATION
Yong-Han Koo, Hong-Keun Hyun, Jung-Wook Kim, Ki-Taeg Jang, Sang-Hoon Lee, Se-Hyun Hahn, Chong-Chul Kim
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University 
Correspondence:  Chong-Chul Kim,  Tel: 02-3672-2681, Email: kimcc@snu.ac.kr
Received: 13 August 2009   • Accepted: 12 November 2009
Abstract
The purpose of this investigation was to study the relationship between vertical facial pattern and dental maturation in children in pubertal and pre-pubertal periods. The material consisted of lateral head films and panoramic radiographs of 1306 patients. The subjects were selected according to Ricketts's VERT index and other including criteria. These subjects were divided by VERT index to brachyfacial group and dolichofacial group. In each selected subject, dental age was determined according to Demirjian's dental maturity score. All subjects were distributed according to age, vertical facial type and sex, mean and standard deviation of chronological age, dental age and age difference were determined in each group. And the data were analysed to find the difference of tooth maturation by facial pattern. Findings of this study include: 1. In all groups, dental age was determined higher than chronological age in statistically significant level. 2. Compared by vertical facial pattern, in pubertal age groups, it seems that subjects with brachyfacial type presented the tendency to have an advanced dental maturation, only in female group. 3. Compared by pubertal period, brachyfacial groups presented more advanced dental maturation in pubertal groups than pre-pubertal groups.
Key Words: Vertical facial type, Demirjian's method, Dental age, Dental maturation, VERT index


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