Mathematical definition of the curve of Spee in permanent healthy dentitions in man

V. F. Ferrario, C. Sforza, A. Miani, A. Colombo, G. Tartaglia

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The intrinsic morphology of the mandibular curve of Spee (i.e. independent from reference planes) was studied in 50 men and 45 women with sound dentitions. Left and right curves were reconstructed by a second-order quadratic interpolation of buccal cusp tips. Gender differences were found in both sides, while side differences were found only in the male sample. Male and female curves had similar concavities, but the position of the interpolating second-order quadratic curve relative to the dental arch was significantly different. The right and left male sides showed different concavities, the right-hand side being flatter than the left. Male curves appeared larger than female ones, and the left-hand side was significantly larger than the right regardless of gender. The reported second-order quadratic curves could be used as reference for prosthetic and orthodontic reconstructions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-694
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • curve of Spee
  • dental arch
  • morphometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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