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SYMPTOMS AND PATTERNS OF IMPACTION OF THIRD MOLARS AMONG PATIENTS ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI DENTAL HOSPITAL.

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SUMMARY
Dental impaction is a condition in which there is obstruction of teeth to attain
normal functional position. It affects the last teeth to erupt in the dental arch
mostly the third molars, canines and pre-molars. It occurs In every race
worldwide. Its presence can initiate pain or sensitivity and complications may
arise as a result of its presence in the dental arch. The impacted teeth can be as a
result of lack of space in the dental arch complicated by the fact that the third
molar is the last tooth to erupt. The epidemiology of the third molar impaction
has been found to vary in different geographical locations.
This will be a descriptive cross-sectional study aimed at evaluating the symptoms
and patterns of occurrence of third molar impaction among a cohort of 138
conveniently selected patients attending the University of Nairobi Dental
Hospital.
The data will be collected from the patients' recorded clinical History, clinical
examination findings and their records of the investigations done such as
periapical radiographs, orthopantomograms and histo-pathological results in cases
of cysts and turnours. Clinical examination forms will be used to record
information collected from the study. Data collected will include age, sex, other
associated lesions, angulations and symptoms involving the impacted third molar.
This data shall be presented in form of bars, tables and pie charts. Date generated
will be entered in a computer and analyzed with SPSS version.
The information collected from this study may be used by oral health care
providers in planning for management of patients who present with impacted third
molars and associated conditions.

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