Journal Article

Cephalometric correction factors for bite opening—a dry skull study

Emily Lam, Andrew N. Quick and Peter Herbison

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 28, issue 4, pages 378-382
Published in print August 2006 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online February 2006 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
Cephalometric correction factors for bite opening—a dry skull study

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The lateral cephalometric radiograph supplies the clinician with valuable information regarding the facial skeletal morphology of the patient, provided that it is taken correctly. These radiographs should be taken while the patient is occluding in maximum intercuspation, failing which the exposure is often repeated, leading to an increase in patient radiation dose as well as added cost in time and materials. This study investigated the relationship between limited bite opening and selected cephalometric variables. Thirty-one dry skulls were used and five splints were constructed for each skull giving increments of bite opening from 0 to 5 mm. Six lateral radiographs per skull were taken at each increment of bite opening. The radiographs were traced and the points plotted using a reflex metrograph.

A linear relationship was found between bite opening and SNB, ANB, SN–mandibular plane, and SN–Y-axis angles. Errors in digitization, superimposition, and landmark identification were determined and found to be acceptable. Regression analysis produced a highly significant (P < 0.001) gradient for each of these angular relationships, allowing a set of correction factors to be produced, which can be applied to bite openings up to 5 mm.

Journal Article.  2545 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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