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IP International Journal of Maxillofacial Imaging

Prevalence of oral and maxillofacial soft tissue calcifications in dental panoramic radiography: A retrospective study

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Author Details: Jayapriya Ramadurai*,T N. Umamaheswari

Volume : 4

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2581-3838

Print ISSN : 2581-382X

Article First Page : 82

Article End Page : 86


Introduction: The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of soft tissue calcifications in digital dental panoramic radiography.
Materials and Methods: Digital panoramic radiographs of 1314 dental patients who visited the Oral Radiology department from November 2017 to January 2018 were analyzed for soft tissue calcifications.
Results: The most common soft tissue calcification identified were submandibular sialolith 30.43%, followed by 17.39% of phlebolith and 17.39% of calcified atherosclerotic plaques, 13.04% of, tonsillolith 8.69% of calcified stylohyoid ligament and 4.34% arteriosclerosis.
Conclusion: There is low prevalence of soft tissue calcifications which increases with age, Atherosclerotic plaque occurs in male than in female. Once a soft tissue calcification is diagnosed incidentally in a routine dental radiograph it can aid in prevention of the disease.

Keywords: Soft tissue calcifications, Sialolith, phlebolith, Atherosclerotic plaque, Panaromic radiography, Prevalence.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/2581-3838.2018.0021