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The International Journal of Prosthodontics

Edited by George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS, MS, FRCD(C)

ISSN 0893-2174

November/December 2005
Volume 18 , Issue 6

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Intercommissural Width in 4 Racial Groups as a Guide for the Selection of Maxillary Anterior Teeth in Complete Dentures

Fabiana Mansur Varjo, DDS, MSc, PhD/Sergio Sualdini Nogueira, DDS, MSc, PhD

Pages: 513515
PMID: 16335171

Purpose: To determine whether intercommissural width is a reliable guide for the selection of maxillary denture teeth width. Materials and Methods: Casts were made of 160 subjects from 4 different racial groups. Locations of intercommissural width landmarks (the corners of the mouth) were made on the subjects and transferred to the casts. The distances between the corners of the mouth and the distal of the canines were measured on the casts and compared. Results: A weak correlation was found between the distal of the canines and the distance between the corners of the mouth in the 4 racial groups. Conclusion: The use of the corners of the mouth for the selection of artificial teeth is generally inaccurate.
Int J Prosthodont 2005;18:513515.

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