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The Prevalence of Bilateral Three-Rooted Mandibular First Molar in Indian Population

Rupali Karale, Champa Chikkamallaiah, Jayshree Hegde, Srirekha Aswathanarayana, Lekha Santhosh, Kusum Bashetty, Shwetha Rajanna Susheela, Srinivas Panchajanya




Introduction: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of bilateral three-rooted mandibular first and second molars in Indian population. Materials and Methods: A total of 215 patients were screened bilaterally for mandibular first and second molar and 430 samples of periapical radiographs were obtained. The gender, symmetry, and prevalence of three-rooted mandibular first and second molars were recorded. The correlation between left and right side occurrences and distribution were recorded and analysed using Z-test. Results: The results showed that 33 teeth had three-rooted mandibular first molars, 16 male and 17 female (P=0.442). Overall, 21 teeth of right jaw and 12 teeth of left jaw (P=0.103) showed presence of an extra-root. The prevalence of three-rooted mandibular first molars was 7.67% and second molar was 0.23%. The bilateral frequency distribution was 3.72% for the first molar. There was no statistically significant difference between right side and left side mandibular molars. Also, gender did not show a significant relationship with this variant. Conclusion: The endodontic treatments of first mandibular molars require a careful clinical approach in Indian population as a high racial prevalence of 7.67% three-rooted molars was found. However, in the same population, 0.23% mandibular second molars had three roots.


Endodontic; Mandibular; Molars; Root canal; Three-Rooted

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/iej.v8i3.2956


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