Chapter-05 Surgical Cephalometric Analysis

BOOK TITLE: Surgical Correction of Facial Deformities

1. Kurian Binnoy
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1. Mar Baselios Dental College, Kothamangalam (Kerala) India
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A yard-stick for measuring beauty is the dream of every aspirant involved in the study of Esthetics in various disciplines of art and science. The complexities and perceptions involved in the subject make it a very distant possibility, turning the dream even dearer. Interestingly this perception contributes in planning the treatment as the ethnic and racial factors play a major role in defining beauty. The treatment outcome of a case largely depends on the esthetic outlook (perception) of the clinician, which in turn is influenced by a series of factors starting from the complaints and expectations of the patient to the social and racial perception about what is ‘normal’. This may vary from clinician to clinician, region to region, etc. Irrespective of the treatment goals, the treatment plan has to be based on a thorough data-base assimilated through various methods like Case history, Clinical examination, Model analysis and Radiographic studies. Among these the Cephalometric Analysis with the support of other investigations has been generally accepted as providing an insight into the underlying skeletal condition of the patient. Cephalometrics, the fusion of craniometry and radiography, has come a long way after its inception in1923 by Paccini. Most of the cephalometric analysis considers the cranium as a stable structure. Although this may not always be true, the fact remains that the cranial structures are seldom altered during orthognathic surgeries.

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