, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 27-39

Differences in the Striaton Pattern in individuals with Unilateral Buccal Pathologies

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Abstract

A sample of individuals with different unilateral pathologies affecting the masticatory apparatus has been studied. Replicas of the same teeth (first or second molar) on both sides have been obtained and observed by SEM. The number, length and orientation of buccal striations have been determined for each individual. Differences in the microwear pattern have been observed between pathological sides. Each individual displays a particular striation pattern, especially referred to the striation number variables. It is concluded that individuals exhibiting pathologies likely to affect mastication should be excluded from studies relating striation patterns to diet.