Rugoscopy pattern and its relation with dental caries and the permanent molar relationship among dental students - A cross sectional study

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Sarika Balaganesh
Leelavathi L
Meignana Arumugham Indhiran


Rugoscopy ,Dental caries, Malocclusion


Introduction: Rugae pattern can be used as an identification tool in forensic dentistry as the palate is the most intact structure among the other parts of Human body. This study was designed on the purpose to determine whether rugae pattern can be used as a predictive tool in the identification of Dental Caries and Malocclusion status.
Materials and Methods: Rugae pattern was analysed by taking the upper elastomeric impression and pouring cast using dental stone. The rugae pattern was studied using Thomas and Kotze classification. For determining the dental caries prevalence DMFT index was recorded. Malocclusion status was determined by Angle’s classification of Malocclusion.
Results: Curved rugae pattern was predominant among the Tamil population and Circular pattern was predominant among the Telugu population. No significant association was seen between the rugae pattern and dental caries, malocclusion status.
Conclusion: According to the results of this study, Rugae pattern cannot be used as a predictive factor to dental caries and malocclusion status determination.

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