Research on a Segmentation and Evaluation Method Combining Tooth Morphology Features

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Huifang Yang & Siwei Wang


To explore a new semi-automatic method to segment the teeth from the three-dimensional volume data which acquired from cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner. Scanned dental cast models are used to evaluate the segmentation accuracy. The CBCT data are loaded to ORS software. Based on gray value, a semi-automatic method was used to segment teeth and then the segmented teeth were saved in STL format data. Smooth the mesh data in the Geomagic Studio software. The upper and lower dental cast models were scanned by a white light scanner and the data was saved in STL format too. After registering the model data to teeth data, the deviation between them was analyzed in the Geomagic Qualify. All teeth could be obtained, the method is simple to use and applied in orthodontic biomechanics. The entire process took less than 30 minutes. The actual measured Root Mean Square (RMS) value is 0.39 mm, less than 0.4 mm. This method can segment teeth from the jaw quickly and reliably with a little user intervention. The method has important significance for dental orthodontics, virtual jaw surgery simulation and other stomatology applications.

KEY WORDS: Cone beam computed tomography; 3D scanner; Segmentation; Digital orthodontics.

How to cite this article

YANG, H. & WANG, S. Research on a segmentation and evaluation method combining tooth morphology features. Int. J. Morphol., 38(5):1325-1329, 2020.