Histopathological evaluation of dental follicles associated with impacted third molars

  • Rogério Vera Cruz Ferro Marques
  • Daniele Meira Conde Marques
  • Fernanda Ferreira Lopes
  • Leonardo Victor Galvão-Moreira
  • Maria Carmen Fontoura Nogueira da Cruz


Aim: To histologically evaluate dental follicles of impacted third molars with no radiographic evidence of pathology. Methods: We carried out both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of pericoronal follicles removed from impacted third molars and investigated the association with clinical data. The sample included 36 extracted dental follicles of impacted third molars, obtained from 28 patients, which presented with
no radiographic evidence of pathologies. Results: None of the follicles analyzed showed any pathological entity. The epithelial lining was observed in 61.1% of samples, being identified as reduced enamel epithelium. We found a significant relation between the the presence of inflammatory infiltrate and the group aged over 21 years (64.3%; p<0.05). Conclusions: Considering the absence of pathological lesions, we suggest that the removal of impacted third molars, particularly in young-aged individuals, should be carefully indicated. 


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How to Cite
MARQUES, Rogério Vera Cruz Ferro et al. Histopathological evaluation of dental follicles associated with impacted third molars. Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences, [S.l.], p. e18134, nov. 2017. ISSN 1677-3225. Available at: <https://www.fop.unicamp.br/bjos/index.php/bjos/article/view/1330>. Date accessed: 20 july 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v17i0.8652649 1.
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