Author(s): Ciger S, Akan S
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: To classify and determine the occlusal characteristics of deaf-mute individuals and its gender distribution in the Turkish population. METHODS: For this study, 213 deaf-mute individuals (155 boys and 58 girls) were evaluated. The age range was between 10-24 years, and the mean age was 16.37+/-2.53 years. Measurements were divided into four groups: dental, intraarch, interarch, and, extra data. RESULTS: Of the participants, 75.0\% had a Class I molar relationship, whereas 13.0\% and 8.0\% had Class II and Class III malocclusions, respectively. 23.9\% of individuals had a normal overbite, 38.4\% had a deepbite, and 23.4\% had an openbite. One or more congenitally missing teeth were found in 6.0\% of individuals; 81.0\% expressed satisfaction with their esthetics, and 19.0\% expressed the contrary. CONCLUSIONS: Different characteristics and malocclusions are present in deaf-mute individuals.
This article was published in Eur J Dent
and referenced in Advancements in Genetic Engineering