24th Congress of Balkan Stomatological Society (BaSS), Tirane, Albania, 9 - 11 May 2019, pp.128
Background: Tonsilloliths are calcifications within the tonsillar crypts, which are often asymptomatic and may be discovered incidentally in orthopantomography (OPG) as singular or multiple radioopacities in the area of the ramus mandibulae. The aim of this study was to evaluate tonsilloliths on OPG.
METHODS AND MATERIALS: This retrospective study was based on 641 OPG from 285 female and 356 male aged 16-90 years, evaluated for the presence of tonsilloliths, who attended to our clinic between 2017 and 2018 in Konya, Turkey. Descriptive, chi – square test and independent t test were used for statistical analysis of the data. p0.05). Tonsilloliths incidence increases with age (p<0.05). The size of stones varied on panoramic radiographs and was less than 2 mm in 38 cases (46.9%) and more than 2 mm in 43 cases (53.1%). The number of calcified masses varied from less than 4 in 64 cases (79%) to more than 4 in 17 cases (21%).
CONCLUSION: The prevalence of calcifications in soft tissues is relatively low, but the detection of these pathologies can be possible through the digital panoramic radiography.