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Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1997 Feb;26(1):23-8.

Descriptive and metric classification of jaw atrophy. An evaluation of 104 mandibles and 96 maxillae of dried skulls.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery-Regional Plastic Surgery-University Hospital Knappschafts-Krankenhaus, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany.


A study was carried out on 104 mandibles and 96 maxillae from anthropologic collections to challenge or support the studies of Cawood & Howell (1988, 1991). The data provided reveal considerable individual variations that cast some doubt on the practical use of the classification. It is suggested that the use of individual three-dimensional models will largely replace current modes of depicting resorbed jaws.

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