The Gothic arch (needle point) tracing and condylar inclination.

Original article


el-Gheriani AS, Winstanley RB.

Department of Prosthodontics, Arab Medical University, Faculty of Dentistry, Benghazi, Libya.

J Prosthet Dent. 1987 Nov;58(5):638-42.


The records of 11 patients referred for treatment of TMJ disorders were used to compare condylar inclination found by drawing a tangent and by using a mathematic technique. Needle point tracing angles were also measured for the same patients and were compared with the condylar inclination. It can be concluded that (1) the mathematic technique outlined records a more accurate condylar angulation, and (2) there is a great variation in condylar inclination values between patients and between left and right sides of the same patient, and (3) there is no direct relationship between condylar inclination and the needle point tracing angle.

Keywords: The Gothic arch (needle point) tracing and condylar inclination.