Journal Article

Delayed dental age in boys with constitutionally delayed puberty

M Gaethofs, A Verdonck, C Carels and F de Zegher

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 21, issue 6, pages 711-715
Published in print December 1999 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online December 1999 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejo/21.6.711
Delayed dental age in boys with constitutionally delayed puberty

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It was the purpose of this study to evaluate dental age in boys with delayed puberty and to compare them with a group of normal, healthy boys. The study group consisted of eight boys with constitutional delay of growth and puberty (CDGP), older than 14 years, and with a testis volume smaller than 4 ml. The control group comprised 38 normal, healthy boys, aged between 12.4 and 14.3 years. Dental age was assessed using the Demirjian method and, on the basis of this evaluation, a dental delay score (i.e. dental age minus chronological age) was calculated in the CDGP and the control group.

It was found that Demirjian's dental age assessment is a valid method for scoring dental age in Belgian boys between 12 and 14 years of age, and that CDGP boys showed a significant delay in dental development compared with normal boys (P=0.0085).

This study revealed a significant retardation in dental maturation of boys with CDGP.

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Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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