Tooth dimensions in hypodontia patients, their unaffected relatives and a control group measured by a new image analysis system

Eur J Orthod. 2002 Apr;24(2):131-41. doi: 10.1093/ejo/24.2.131.


Tooth dimensions were compared between index patients with severe hypodontia (six or more congenitally missing teeth), their relatives with a full complement of teeth, and a control group. The groups consisted of 12 index cases (seven females and five males), 21 relatives without hypodontia (13 females and eight males), and a control group of 10 males and 10 females with complete dentitions, and no family history of hypodontia. All formed teeth were imaged buccally and occlusally from study models, with a digital camera linked to a computer. The images were acquired and measured using Adobe Photoshop and Image Pro Plus, respectively. Mesiodistal, buccolingual, or occlusogingival area and perimeter measurements were determined from each image. In the index hypodontia group tooth dimensions were significantly smaller (P < 0.001, Bonferroni corrected level) for maxillary and mandibular canines, and first premolars for all dimensions from the buccal view, and for maxillary and mandibular canines and first premolars, maxillary central incisors, maxillary first molars, mandibular lateral incisors, and mandibular second premolars for all dimensions from the occlusal view. In the relatives without hypodontia compared with the control group, mesiodistal dimensions from the buccal view were significantly smaller (P < 0.001) for the central incisors and maxillary first and second premolars, and for the maxillary and mandibular first premolars for all dimensions from the occlusal view. There was a trend for the tooth dimensions of all teeth in the index group to be smaller compared with the control group. The tooth dimensions of the relatives without hypodontia also tended to be smaller than the control group, but were larger than those of the index cases.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Anodontia / genetics
  • Anodontia / pathology*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Family
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Male
  • Odontometry
  • Tooth / pathology*