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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Radiographic Evaluation of Soft Palate Morphology and Correlation with Gender on Lateral Cephalograms

Kalyana Chakravarthy Pentapati, Komal Smriti, Keerthilatha Muralidhar Pai, Ravindranath Vineetha

Citation Information : Pentapati KC, Smriti K, Pai KM, Vineetha R. Radiographic Evaluation of Soft Palate Morphology and Correlation with Gender on Lateral Cephalograms. World J Dent 2015; 6 (3):147-149.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1331

Published Online: 01-09-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


Abstract

Objective

To investigate the variation of the soft palate morphology and the proportional differences of the morphology of soft palate between males and females.

Materials and methods

We conducted a cross-sectional study in department of oral medicine and radiology. Lateral cephalometric radiographs of individuals subjected to radiographic examination for orthodontic purpose were retrieved. A total of 100 digital lateral cephalograms of normal healthy individuals (50 males and 50 females) who were aged 15 to 45 years were retrieved.

Results

Type 1 was most commonest shape of the soft palate (30%) followed by type 6 (19%), types 2 and 3 (17 and 17%), type 4 (11%) with least being type 5 (6%). There was no significant difference in the distribution of shape of soft palate between males and females (p = 0.312).

Conclusion

This classification can help us better understand the diversity of the velar morphology and can be used as references for the research of velopharyngeal closure in cleft palate individuals, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and other conditions.

How to cite this article

Smriti K, Pai KM, Vineetha R, Pentapati KC. Radiographic Evaluation of Soft Palate Morphology and Correlation with Gender on Lateral Cephalograms. World J Dent 2015;6(3):147-149.


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