SIGNIFICANCE BETWEEN VERTICAL DIMENSION OF OCCLUSION AND FINGER LENGTH IN NORTH INDIAN POPULATION
Sabzar Abdullah, Ajmal Mir, Geeta Rajput, Pranshu Varshney*, Brijesh Gupta and Dr. Shraddha Rathi
Introduction: Precise measurement of vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO) is primary consideration to a dentist especially a Prosthodontist. Though there are many methods that have been proposed in recording VDO but none of them fulfills the criteria of precision, reproducibility and ease. This study employs the use of length of fingers to measure VDO in North Indian population. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on 100 dentulous subjects including 50 males and 50 females in the age range of 18 to 25 years. Measurement of VDO and length of fingers was recorded using a digital vernier caliper. Correlation between VDO and length of fingers was studied using Spearman’s coefficient. Result: Vertical dimension of occlusion was found to be almost the length of index finger in males and little finger in females in North Indian population. Conclusion: The study revealed that length of index finger is almost equal to VDO in males and length of little finger is almost equal to VDO in females.
Keywords: Anthropometric Measurement, Centric Occlusion, Vertical Dimension of Occlusion.
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