Morphological Variants Of Soft Palate In Normal Individuals: A Digital Cephalometric Study
D. Kalyan Kumar
BDS, PG Trainee
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Objectives: The literature describes the morphology of the soft palate as being of only one kind and ignores its diversity, but in our clinical work we discovered that the morphology of the soft palate has a variable presentation on lateral cephalometry. The aim of our study was to investigate the variation of the velar morphology.
Methods: In this study, the sample comprised 100 normal subjects whose ages ranged from 15â€“35 years. The morphology of the soft palate on lateral cephalometry were examined and classified into six types. The variation of the soft palate between gender groups were also studied.
Results: The morphology of the soft palate were classified into six types. There was a significant difference in the morphology of soft palate and also between male and female groups in proportion to velar type.
Conclusion: The soft palate has variable radiographic appearances on lateral cephalometry. The classification system and proportional findings here may help the research of velopharyngeal closure in cleft palate individuals, and aetiological study of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and other conditions.