Three-dimensional analysis of the correlation between anterior tooth form and face shape

Philipp G. Wegstein, Sebastian D. Horvath, Johannes Stemmann, Marcel Lüthi, Markus B. Blatz

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Traditional esthetic guidelines and denture-tooth selection protocols suggest a correlation between a patient's face and anterior tooth shapes. This study examined the correlation between face shape, maxilla shape, and maxillary anterior tooth form with fully automated algorithms. Three-dimensional digital datasets of the faces and maxillae were obtained from 117 people. Correlation was analyzed using canonical correlation analysis, ridge regression, and the Hausdorff-distance. A weak but not statistically significant correlation between face and tooth shape could be identified. However, a good prediction of tooth shape from the facial data was not possible. The described approach revealed a weak correlation between face shape and tooth shape, but the outcome was not accurate enough for clinical use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-771
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontics


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