|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 113-117
Cone-beam computed tomography evaluation of Pont's index predictability for Malay population in orthodontics
Mohammad Khursheed Alam1, Fazal Shahid1, Kathiravan Purmal2, Mohd Fadhli Khamis3
1 Orthodontic Unit, School of Dental Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia
2 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, School of Dental Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia
3 Forensic Dentistry/Oral Biology Unit, School of Dental Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia
|Date of Web Publication||28-Sep-2015|
Dr. Mohammad Khursheed Alam
Orthodontic Unit, School of Dental Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
Introduction: In orthodontic treatment, three-dimensional (3D) dental casts has a significant role in diagnosis and treatment planning. The aim of this study was to evaluate Pont's index predictability in orthodontics. Materials and Methods: Premolar arch width, molar arch width and mesiodistal width of the maxillary incisors were measured three-dimensionally to assess shape of dental arches. The data source was cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) high volumetric data acquisitions from Malay ethnic background. Arch widths were measured and recorded from 53 subjects (32 male and 21 female with the mean age, 25.81), both the maxillary and mandibular arches, to obtain CBCT high volumetric data. All measurements were obtained through CBCT Planmeca Romexis TM Software 2.3.1.R (Helsinki, Finland). Results: Pont's formula overestimated the upper and lower interpremolar distance, with mean differences of 8.35 ± 3 mm and 12.02 ± 3.20 mm, respectively. Furthermore, the formula overestimated the upper and lower intermolar distance, with mean differences of 7.87 ± 3 mm and 16.14 ± 5.86 mm, respectively. Conclusions: The results indicate that Pont's index is not practical for use with the Malaysian population since the index overestimated interpremolar and intermolar widths. This raises questions whether the index is a true predictor of arch width measurements.
Keywords: Arch width, Cone beam computed tomography, Pont′s index, Tooth size
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Alam MK, Shahid F, Purmal K, Khamis MF. Cone-beam computed tomography evaluation of Pont's index predictability for Malay population in orthodontics. J Nat Sc Biol Med 2015;6, Suppl S1:113-7
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Alam MK, Shahid F, Purmal K, Khamis MF. Cone-beam computed tomography evaluation of Pont's index predictability for Malay population in orthodontics. J Nat Sc Biol Med [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Jan 21];6, Suppl S1:113-7. Available from: http://www.jnsbm.org/text.asp?2015/6/3/113/166106
| Introduction|| |
Pont's index was established in 1909 for the prediction of maxillary dental arch width. It was anticipated from the mesiodistal diameters of the four maxillary incisors. , Arch length, width and depth are the dimensions of the arch. Form and shape of the arch are modified in orthodontic treatment. Various shapes and forms of wires used during the course of orthodontics treatment for changing the arch dimensions. 
In relation to orthodontic investigation, the evidence obtained from dental casts plays a significant role in diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation.  Various diagnostic parameters and indices are in use in orthodontics that help in the designing of therapeutic strategies and prediction of the arch dimensions. One of these indices is the Pont's index proposed in 1909. Pont's index evaluates the maxillary arch width (the interpremolar or intermolar arch widths [IPW or IMW]) depending on the sum of maxillary incisors mesiodistal dimensions. According to Pont, for the accommodation of dentition and relief of crowding, ideal arch is essential.  Pont's recruited French population in his study and suggested that this index must be applied for the evaluation, authentication on other populations.  The following formula were used in the Pont's prediction for the predicted arch width estimation:
Most studies have shown the nonreliability of the of the Pont's index in the prediction of dental arch width. ,,,,,,,,, Use of premolar and molar indices are rising again as a tool for the evaluation of dental arch development.  So far no study has been conducted to evaluate the reliability of Pont's index via three dimensionally cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) acquisitions. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the applicability of this index in a Malay population and to compare the results for inter-gender disparities.
| Materials and Methods|| |
All participants provide their written informed consent prior CBCT, and this study was approved by the Ethical Committee of the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM), which complies with the Declaration of Helsinki. This study was designed and conducted according to the guidelines of Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE), and we applied the STROBE checklist in the preparation of this manuscript. 
The data source was CBCT high volumetric data from the archives of the School of Dental Sciences, HUSM. Tooth size (incisors) and arch widths were measured and recorded in 53 three-dimensional (3D) CBCT high volumetric data (32 male and 21 female, mean age = 25.81), both in maxilla and mandibular arches. All measurements were obtained through CBCT Plameca Promax 3D (Helsinki, Finland) [Figure 1].
|Figure 1: Cone beam computed tomography Planmeca RomexisTM Software 2.3.1.R (Helsinki, Finland) for measurement|
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- Age between 20 and 50 years
- At least full dentition in one arch excluding the third molars
- High-quality CBCT volumetric data
- Ethnicity verified from the folder.
- Severe crowding
- Excessive spacing
- Radiographic evidence of pathology within the maxilla or mandible
- Periodontal disease
- Retained deciduous teeth
- Fixed orthodontic appliance.
Tooth size and arch width measurements via CBCT acquisitions [Figure 2]:
|Figure 2: Cone beam computed tomography measurements of (a) tooth size, (b) arch width|
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- Mesio distal widths of maxillary and mandibular incisors were measured from anatomical contact of one tooth to other from occlusal view 
- Maxillary IPW were obtained between the distal pits of the maxillary first premolars 
- Maxillary IMW were obtained between the central fossae of the maxillary first molars. 
lower Interpremolar width: were obtained from buccal cusp tip to the buccal cusp tip of the contralateral side.
Lower Intermolar width: were obtained from distal cusp tip to the distal cusp tip of the contralateral side.
Same conditions were avail for all the measurement during the study. A calibrated investigator performed the linear measurements for tooth size and arch width. Dahlberg's formula was used for method error analysis.  ME = √Σ (x 1− x 2 ) 2 /2n; n = number of sample. 20% of CBCT acquisitions were randomly selected for intra-observer errors. The time interval between the first and second reading were approximately 2 weeks.
The data were verified and analyzed statistically using IBM SPSS Statistics Version 22.0 (IBM Corp., Armonk, NY, USA) with confidence level set at 5% (P < 0.05) to test for significance Student's t-test was applied to find out for sexual disparities. Correlation co-efficient (r) between measured and calculated arch width were used.
| Results|| |
Dahlberg's formula was used to limit the method-error, which did not exceed 0.05 and 0.032 mm for the linear variables of teeth size and arch width respectively. The collective error for any of the variable was small and measured to be inside suitable limit. 
Subject distribution shows mean age 25.81 with slightly more males compared to the females with a total participant of 53 [Table 1]. There were significant difference observed in between the gender in upper and lower first interpremolar and upper intermolar measurements with P < 0.05 [Table 2]. No significant difference found between premolar and molar predicted arch width according to gender in the upper and lower arch width [Table 3]. In relation to gender, there were significant differences observed in the premolar index [Table 4]. Correlation co-efficient (r) between measured and calculated width with significant difference in upper interpremolar and lower intermolar were observed [Table 5].
|Table 3: Premolar and molar predicted arch width according to gender in the upper and lower arch|
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|Table 5: Correlation co-efficient (r) between measured and calculated width|
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[Figure 3] shows the difference between measured and predicted arch width values for upper premolar with the mean difference between measured upper interpremolar distance and upper interpremolar distance from Pont's formula is 8.35 ± 3 mm. Pont's formula overestimated the upper IPW. Whereas mean difference between measured lower interpremolar distance and lower interpremolar distance from Pont's formula is 12.02 ± 3.20 mm. Pont's formula overestimated the lower IPW [Figure 4]. Difference in measured calculated and measured upper molar width [Figure 5], the mean difference between measured upper intermolar distance and calculated upper intermolar distance from Pont's formula is 7.87 ± 3 mm. Pont's formula overestimated the upper IMW.
|Figure 3: Difference between measured and predicted arch width values for upper premolar|
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|Figure 4: Mean difference of lower premolar measured and calculated arch width|
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|Figure 5: Difference in measured calculated and measured upper molar width|
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Where the difference between calculated and measured lower molar width the mean difference between measured lower intermolar distance and calculated lower intermolar distance from Pont's formula is 16.14 ± 5.86 mm. Pont's formula overestimated the lower IMW [Figure 6].
| Discussion|| |
This study was conducted to evaluate the validity of Pont's index via CBCT high volumetric images in estimating the dental arch width depending on the sum of mesiodistal dimensions of maxillary incisors. It was found that Pont's index overestimated the interpremolar and intermolar widths in most of Malaysians. 
Pont's index is simple method that provides valuable information in the treatment plan. However, use of this index is still controversial. Some professionals support the use of Pont's index for the prediction of arch widths. ,, While others believe that it should not be used for the prediction of arch dimensions. ,,,,, As Pont's index is the average ratio hence it could not be used as a true predictor of the arch width for each individual. Thus mechanical arch development may not be steered by Pont's index. 
In this study, it was found that Pont's index over predicts the arch width. Nimkarn also reported the overestimation of the Pont's index for desired arch by an average 2.5 mm.  Reliability and clinical applicability for the diagnosis and therapeutic strategies of Pont's index is uncertain.  A study conducted in Nepal showed low correlation co-efficient between the arch widths, that is, R-values ranging from 0.07 to 0.29. It was concluded that Pont's index is not a reliable parameter for the determination of arch width for Nepali population. 
Findings of Agnihotri are at variance of the above mentioned studies, who reported that statistically significant correlation between the combined maxillary incisor widths and the maxillary IMW and IPW.  He found a corrected index of 81.66 in the premolar and 65.44 in the molar region. While the corrected index in this study was 84.9 in the premolar region and 65.7 in the molar region. However, there were no significant differences between the Pont's index and the mean values in Tumkur population.  Pont's index cannot be used as reliable predictable tool for in clinical settings for planning the treatment modalities. Treatment strategies cannot be relied upon simple mathematical calculations; it should be based on the biological rationale.  An assessment of the facial profile and soft tissues, future growth status, determination of the Angle's classification, relationship of upper and lower jaws to one another, and the midline etc. are possible other parameters which need to be taken into consideration of arch orthodontic expansion.  Possible explanation of the variation of the results may be based on the racial differences. It is suggested that some polygenetic inheritance controls the maxillary dimensions and the Pont's index may vary across different populations and races.  Such prediction index cannot be relied without consideration of extra oral features. As for the reliability of such analysis, investigations on innumerable racial groups considered their population craniofacial features too. 
| Conclusion|| |
- The results show that Pont's index is practically not applicable for the Malaysian population
- The Pont's index overestimated IPW and IMW
- Prediction of arch width clinically by the use of Pont's index is questionable.
Financial support and sponsorship
Universiti Sains Malaysia, short-term grant 304/PPSG/61313104.
Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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