Tooth-size discrepancy: A comparison between manual and digital methods

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Edition V19N04 | Year 2014 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 107 to 113

Gabriele Dória Cabral Correia , Fernando Antonio Lima Habib , Carlos Jorge Vogel

Introduction: Technological advances in Dentistry have emerged primarily in the area of diagnostic tools. One example is the 3D scanner, which can transform plaster models into three-dimensional digital models. Objective: This study aimed to assess the reliability of tooth size-arch length discrepancy analysis measurements performed on three-dimensional digital models, and compare these measurements with those obtained from plaster models. Material and Methods: To this end, plaster models of lower dental arches and their corresponding three-dimensional digital models acquired with a 3Shape R700T scanner were used. All of them had lower permanent dentition. Four different tooth size-arch length discrepancy calculations were performed on each model, two of which by manual methods using calipers and brass wire, and two by digital methods using linear measurements and parabolas. Results: Data were statistically assessed using Friedman test and no statistically significant differences were found between the two methods (P > 0.05), except for values found by the linear digital method which revealed a slight, non-significant statistical difference. Conclusions: Based on the results, it is reasonable to assert that any of these resources used by orthodontists to clinically assess tooth size-arch length discrepancy can be considered reliable.

Dental models, Computer-assisted diagnosis, Three-dimensional imaging,

Correia GDC, Habib FAL, Vogel CJ. Model Discrepancy: A comparison between manual and digital methods. Dental Press J Orthod. 2014 July-Aug;19(4):107-13. DOI:

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