|Baltic Dental and Maxillofacial Journal|
June, 2008, Vol. 10, No. 2
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Relationship between mandibular cortical bone height and bone mineral density of lumbar spine
Estera Miliuniene, Vidmantas Alekna, Vytaute Peciuliene, Marija Tamulaitiene, Rasmute Maneliene
The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between lumbar spine bone mineral density and mandible cortical bone height at the mental foramen and at the angle of the jaw. Patients and Methods: A total of 130 women living in Lithuania, were examined. None of the participants were known to have endocrine, metabolic or skeletal disorders. Bone mineral density (BMD) was measured in the spine lumbar area L2-L4. The mandibles were examined on panoramic x-ray images. On each radiograph cortical thickness of mandible was measured at the mental foramen and at the angle of the jaw. The results demonstrated a tendency of high probability of osteoporosis in cases were radiomorphometric parameters are low. There was a significant difference between bone mineral density of lumbar spine and cortical bone height of mandible below the foramen mentale and at the angle of the jaw (p<0,01).
Key words: mandible, cortical bone mineral density, gonion, panoramic.
Received: 11 01 2008
Accepted for publishing: 21 06 2008
1Institute of Odontology, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania
2Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine at Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Estera Miliuniene1 D.D.S., PhD
Vidmantas Alekna2 MD, PhD
Vytaute Peciuliene1 D.D.S., PhD
Marija Tamulaitiene2 MD, PhD
Rasmute Maneliene1 D.D.S., PhD
Address correspondence to: Dr. Estera Miliuniene, Institute of Odontology, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Zalgirio str.117, LT-08217 Vilnius, Lithuania.