The cephalometric literature is rich with different craniofacial analyses. However, since these analyses are only descriptive for the clear skeletal discrepancies and somewhat handicapped for borderline cases, an investigation was designed to assess the dental base relationship in the human lateral skull cephalostat radiograph. A number of existing measurements were reviewed, and a new measurement, based upon anatomical points which could prove to be more reliable, was introduced.

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Author notes

O.A. Sarhan is an Associate Professor in the College of Dentistry at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. This paper was presented at the Egyptian Dental Conference in Cairo in 1987