Anatomic Comparison of Contralateral Premolars

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IntroductionThe comparative anatomy of contralateral premolars has not been previously studied. The purpose of this micro–computed tomography investigation was to qualitatively and quantitatively assess and compare the morphology of contralateral premolars in terms of length, canal width, dentinal thicknesses, accessory canals, root canal configurations, isthmi, C-shapes, root canal orifices, and apical foramina. The null hypothesis (H0) is that contralateral premolars are more morphologically similar than randomly assigned pairs for simple morphometric measurements (lengths, canal widths, and dentinal thickness).MethodsForty-one intact premolar pairs (n = 82) extracted from 28 patients were scanned with micro–computed tomography and reconstructed. Quantitative comparative assessment of measurements was performed by pairwise statistical analysis of contralateral and random pairs with Student t test and one-sample t test. All measured parameters (lengths, widths, and thicknesses) were normalized by Z score so that they could all be compared on a common scale. A correlation study was also performed. Canal configurations and isthmi were classified according to preexisting classification schemes. The number and location of accessory canals and apical foramina were registered and compared.Results/ConclusionsContralateral premolar pairs demonstrated a high degree of similarity in terms of the linear measurements (lengths, widths, and thicknesses). The apical portion (foramina, C-shapes, and accessory canals) did not demonstrate bilateral symmetry. The comprehensive statistical analysis of the normalized parameters by Z score showed no statistically significant differences between the contralateral premolar pairs. The null hypothesis (H0) was accepted.HighlightsContralateral premolars’ linear measurements show a high degree of bilateral symmetry.Root canal configurations and orifice shapes of contralateral premolars demonstrate symmetry.Contralateral premolars have a wide array of variation in their apical portions.

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