Diagnostic assessment of skeletal maturity through dental maturation in Hispanic growing individuals

Alejandra Cisternas, Rolando Morales, Valeria Ramirez, Alberto Del Real, Rodrigo Oyonarte*

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Background: The aim of this study was to explore dental maturation as a diagnostic test for skeletal maturation. Materials and Methods: Six hundred and fifty-seven growing individuals were classified according to their cervical vertebral maturity and dental maturity, both determined in lateral cephalograms and panoramic radiographs, respectively. The correlation between cervical and dental stages was established for each gender. A receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was made, and sensitivity and specificity values were established. Results: Correlation was found between cervical and dental maturation for females (r = 0.73; P < 0.001) and males (r = 0.60; P < 0.001). Sensitivity for dental Stage F, as an indicator of a postmaturation peak stage, was 87.21% for females and 97.1% for males, whereas specificity for the same stage was 82.92% and 72.3% for females and males, respectively. Conclusions: Dental maturation evaluation could contribute determining whether a patient is in a pre- or post-growth spurt stage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalAPOS Trends in Orthodontics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017

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  • Cervical vertebrae
  • dental maturation
  • diagnostic test
  • growing individuals
  • skeletal maturation


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