MICAP Tooth Notation

Background: The Universal system, Palmer notation, and FDI system are all used to record dental disorders in which the same tooth is assigned multiple numbers. The central incisor, for example, is #8 (Universal system), and the lateral incisor is #11. (FDI system). To indicate the maxillary and mandibular teeth, the letters I-incisor, C-canine, P-premolar, M-molar, and the digits 1, 2, 3 are displayed as superscript and subscript on the corresponding letters (I, C, P, M), forming a new tooth notation called MICAP.

The goal of this study is to use a mock MICAP dental chart to examine students in undergraduate dentistry degree and dental allied health programmes’ learning of the MICAP system’s format.

Materials and Procedures: A fictitious MICAP dental chart was made. In a cross-sectional study, students of undergraduate dental degree [group A (n=39)] and dental allied health programme [group B (n=39)] who were further subdivided based on age such as [group 1=15-25 years, group 2=26-35 years, group 3=36-45 years] translated four MICAP symbols and vice versa after an hour lecture and video demonstration about the MICAP format. A one-way ANOVA and an independent t-test were employed to assess the results.

Group A outscored Group B [95 percent mean difference]. p=0.001] in the translation of #1C [CI: -0.128 (-0.285, 0.028) (maxillary right canine). In terms of age, group 1 outperformed the other groups in MICAP format translation (p0.001). The MICAP notation system was deemed straightforward by more than half of the participants.

Conclusion: The new notation format is straightforward to understand. There has been the development of a new method for recognising teeth.

Author (s) Details

Ashfaq Akram
Faculty of Dentistry, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary and King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Melinda Madlena
Faculty of Dentistry, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary and Faculty of Dentistry, University of Szeged, Budapest, Hungary.

Ulfat Bashir
Islamic International Dental College, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Thirupathi Vishnumukkala
Perdana University, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Maher D. Fuad
Fonterra Research and Development Centre, New Zealand.

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