Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2009 Jul 17;108(1):28-31. Epub 2009 May 17.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Graduate School of Dental Science, Kyushu University, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.
Objective: A tooth with a dentigerous cyst (DC) does not always erupt by marsupialization. The eruption duration and conditions of DC-associated premolars were examined to predict such eruption following marsupialization.
Study Design: The eruption and conditions including depth, root formation, inclination, and eruption space were examined retrospectively in 21 DC-associated mandibular premolars using dental and panoramic radiograms.
Results: Fifteen of 21 premolars erupted half within 3 months and all 15 erupted completely within 10 months after marsupialization, without orthodontic traction. The age of the patients, tooth depth, and inclination were significantly different between the erupted and non-erupted groups, whereas there was no significant difference in the root formation or the eruption space between the 2 groups.
Conclusions: The successful eruption of a DC-associated premolar can be predicted within 3 months after marsupialization. Furthermore, the eruption may be affected by the patient's age, tooth depth, and tooth inclination.