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Assessment of Mesiobuccal Canal Configuration, Prevalence and Inter-Orifice Distance at Different Root Thirds of Maxillary First Molars: A CBCT Study

Authors Howait M, Al-Habib M

Received 8 January 2021

Accepted for publication 5 March 2021

Published 24 March 2021 Volume 2021:13 Pages 105—111


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Christopher E. Okunseri

Mey Al-Habib, Mohammed Howait

Department of Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence: Mohammed Howait P.O. Box 80209, Jeddah, 21589, Saudi Arabia
Email [email protected]

Aim: The aims of this study were to assess the prevalence and configuration of the second mesiobuccal (MB2) canal in the mesiobuccal MB root of permanent maxillary first molars at different root levels in a Saudi sub-population using cone‑beam computed tomography (CBCT) and to measure the inter-orifice distance between MB & MB2 at the pulpal floor level.
Materials and Methods: This retrospective study was carried out on CBCT images of Saudi patients seen at King Abdul Aziz University. A total of 106 maxillary first molars were evaluated using a specialized software program (iCAT CBCT software). The prevalence of MB2, canal configuration and location of joining (apical-middle-coronal), if present was calculated. Also, the inter-orifice distance between both canals was measured at the level of the pulpal floor. Chi‑square and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) were used.
Results: The MB2 canal was found in 92 (86.8%) maxillary first molar teeth. The MB and MB2 canals were joined in 61 (58%) cases, where the location of joining was 14 (23%), 17 (27%), and 31 (50%) in the coronal, middle, and apical third, respectively. The mean inter-orifice distance between both canals at the level of the pulpal floor was 2.52± 0.76 mm.
Conclusion: The prevalence of MB2 canal in this Saudi sub-population was high. The prevalence decreased as the root canal approached the apical third. There was no correlation between the average distance and occurrence of canal joining. CBCT is useful in detecting and mapping the mesiobuccal root canal system, with a likelihood of enhancing the quality of root canal treatment.

Keywords: CBCT, maxillary first molar, root canal anatomy, mesiobuccal root morphology

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