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Aim and objectives: To correlate the developmental stages of the mandibular canine withthat of known methods like skeletal developmental stages of MP3 and cervical vertebral maturation stages (CVM) and to find out if the developmental stages of the mandibular canine alone can be used as a reliable indicator for assessment of skeletal maturity.
Methods: The study includes 160 subjects (80 males and 80 females). A total 160 lateral cephalograms were taken to analyse CVM stages as given by Hassel and Farman and 160 periapical radiographs of mandibular right canine and right MP3 region were taken and assessed according to Demirjian’s stages and R. Rajagopal’s modified MP3 stages respectively.
Results: The correlation between the canine was compared with developmental stages of MP3 and CVM stages and a high statistical significant values were obtained (p = 0.001) in males and females, whereas these parameters were not significantly related tochronological age in males and females (p>0.05)
Conclusion: The correlation between developmental stages of the mandibular canine with the developmental stages of MP3 and cervical vertebral maturation stages was found to be significant. The developmental stages of mandibular canine can be used reliably as asole maturity indicator for assessment of skeletal maturity.