Assessment of dysplastic dentin in osteogenesis imperfecta and dentinogenesis imperfecta.Acta Odontol Scand. 2003 Apr; 61(2):72-80.AO
Two semiquantitative scoring systems, Clinical Radiographic Score (CRS) and Dysplastic Dentin Score (DDS), were introduced for analyzing degree of dysplastic manifestations in dentin. The utility of both systems was demonstrated in a large material of teeth from patients with dentinogenesis imperfecta (DI) and osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Twenty teeth from healthy controls, 81 teeth from 40 patients with OI, and 18 teeth with DI without OI (DI type II) were examined. The degree of dysplasia was correlated with type and form of OI and type of DI. The median DDS did not differ between DI associated with OI (DI type I) and DI type II. DDS in OI patients without clinical signs of DI was above that of control teeth. Both circumpulpal and mantle dentin showed increased DDS, although circumpulpal dentin was more severely affected. The median DDS was highest for the most severe type of non-lethal OI (type III). DDS increased significantly with form (severity) of OI. A significant association between DDS and CRS was found, although diagnosis of DI in less severe cases was not possible based on radiographic or clinical signs alone. Thus, the DDS system proved valuable when the CRS system based on radiographic/clinical manifestations failed, the most significant finding being subclinical histological manifestations of DI in patients with OI but without clinical or radiographic signs of DI. These subtle dysplastic changes are most likely an expression of genetic disturbances associated with OI and should not be diagnosed as DI, but rather be termed histologic manifestations of dysplastic dentin associated with OI.