The use of stereophotogrammetry in oral surgery: Measurement of area changes after secondary epithelization and grafting vestibuloplasties

ÖZTÜRK A., Dolanmaz D., Celik S., Isik K., Karabork H., Yildiz F., ...More

Indian Journal of Dental Research, vol.23, no.6, pp.770-773, 2012 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.4103/0970-9290.111257
  • Journal Name: Indian Journal of Dental Research
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.770-773
  • Keywords: Photogrammetry, stereophotogrammetry, vestibuloplasty
  • Ankara University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Stereophotogrammetry (SPT) is a method in which three-dimensional coordinates are calculated from multiple two-dimensional projections. The purpose of this study was to compare the surface area changes between the secondary healing and grafting vestibuloplasty techniques in the mandible by using a stereophotogrammetric technique (SPT). Patients and Methods: Thirteen patients were included in this study: six patients were managed by using full-thickness skin or palatal mucosa grafts (two full-thickness palatal mucosal grafts and four full-thickness skin grafts); the remaining seven patients, who did not accept a second surgery for graft harvesting, underwent secondary epithelization vestibuloplasties. Postoperative changes of surgical areas were measured by using SPT. Statistical Analyses: The Wilcoxon (intragroup comparisons) and Mann-Whitney U (intergroup comparisons) tests were used for analysis of data. Results: In the grafting vestibuloplasty group, the surface area gain was statistically significant (P < 0.05). In the secondary epithelization vestibuloplasty group, there was no significant difference (P > 0.05), with even decrease of surface area being noted in some cases. Conclusion: SPT is a valid method for measurement of intraoral soft tissue changes.