Combining virtual model and cone beam computed tomography to assess periodontal changes after anterior tooth movement

Sun Hyun Kim, Jong Bin Lee, Min Ji Kim, Eun Kyoung Pang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

9 Scopus citations


Background: Orthodontic force may affect not only periodontal ligaments, but also the alveoloar bone and the gingiva according to the type of tooth movements. The authors assessed changes in gingival thickness (GT) and alveolar bone thickness (ABT) after orthodontic treatment using a new method. Methods: This study included 408 teeth (208 central incisors, 200 lateral incisors) from the upper and lower 4 anterior teeth of 52 patients who had completed orthodontic treatment. GT and ABT were measured using virtual casts fabricated from impressions and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). Two sectioned images of every tooth axis were acquired by partitioning each tooth with a line connecting the midpoint of the incisal edge to the midpoint of the cementoenamel junction in the virtual models and the root apex in CBCT images. After superimposing the two sectioned images, GT and ABT were measured before and after orthodontic tooth movement. Correlations between GT and ABT before and after treatment, and changes in GT and ABT associated with sex, tooth arch, tooth position, orthognathic surgery, and tooth inclination and rotation were assessed. Results: Before orthodontic treatment, GT and ABT were significantly correlated. Patients who underwent orthognathic surgery exhibited an increase in GT thickness compared with those who did not. ABT was significantly decreased in proclined teeth and in rotated teeth. Conclusions: GT and ABT can be affected by the nature of tooth movement and can be accurately assessed by comparing sectioned CBCT images and virtual models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number180
JournalBMC Oral Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2018.


  • Alveolar bone thickness
  • CBCT
  • Gingival thickness
  • Virtual model


Dive into the research topics of 'Combining virtual model and cone beam computed tomography to assess periodontal changes after anterior tooth movement'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this