Dr. Rachel Sarig

School of Dentistry
ביה"ס לרפואת שינים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Rachel Sarig
Phone: 03-6406569
Another phone: 03-6409363
Fax: 03-6409363
Office: School of Dental Medicine, 04


2003-2005     Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
2005-2010 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.),  Department of Anatomy and Anthropology, The Sackler Faculty of Medicine  Tel Aviv University
2008-2012 Post graduate international program in Orthodontics, graduated with excellence. Department of Orthodontics, the Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University
2012-2014 Postdoctoral fellow. Anthropological collection, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv Universit



Facial and Dental Anthropology: Evolutionary Aspects in Physiological and Pathological Processes in Human Dentition


Many of the current oral diseases and malformations have their roots in our evolutionary history. Knowing the evolutionary processes that led to the current shape and size of our skull and mandible may greatly bear on our understanding of phenomena such as malocclusions (i.e., crowding, rotation, overbite), dental malformations ( i.e. impaction, missing and supernumerary teeth) and oral diseases (caries, attrition, periodontal diseases). Treatment strategy should take into consideration evolutionary reasoning involved in shaping our face and jaws, ignoring them may end, in the long run, in treatments’ failure.


Understanding the evolutionary constrains that have acted through time on our masticatory system may help us planning and establishing better treatment strategies. Long-term evolutionary processes such as decrease in jaws and teeth size, higher prevalence of impacted teeth and the loss of teeth in the arch, are all important factors that should be considered.



I. Hershkovitz, P. Smith, R. Sarig, R. Quam, L. Rodríguez, R. García, JL. Arsuaga, R. Barkai, A. Gopher. Middle Pleistocene dental remains from
Qesem Cave (Israel). American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 144, 575–592, 2011.


R. Sarig, N. Lianopoulos, I. Hershkovitz, AD. Vardimon. The arrangement of the interproximal interface in the human permanent dentition. Clinical
Oral Investigation, 17, 731–738, 2013.


J. Abbas, K. Hamoud, H. May, N. Peled, R. Sarig, D. Stein, D. Alperovitch-Najenson, I. Hershkovitz. Socioeconomic and physical characteristics of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis individuals. Spine, 38, 554-556, 2013.


N. Shpack, RG. Bar-Ness, D. Gazit, R. Sarig, AD. Vardimon. Efficacy of three hygienic protocols in reducing biofilm adherence to removable thermoplastic appliance. Angle Orthodontics, 84, 161-170, 2013.


R. Sarig, V. Slon, J. Abbas, H. May, N. Shpack, AD. Vardimon, I. Hershkovitz. Malocclusion in early anatomically modern human: a reflection on the etiology of modern dental misalignment. PloS One, 8, e80771, 2013.


V. Slon, R. Sarig, I. Hershkovitz, H. Khalaily, I. Milevski. The plastered skulls from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B site of Yiftahel (Israel) – A computed tomography-based analysis. PloS One, 9, e89242, 2014.


R. Sarig, AM. Tillier. Reconstructing cultural behavior from dental wear studies: Is para-facets analysis approach scientifically valid? HOMO-Journal of Comparative Human Biology, 65, 181-186. 2014.


R. Sarig, I. Hershkovitz ,N. Shvalb, T. Sella-Tunis, H. May, AD. Vardimon. Proximal Attrition Facet: morphometric, demographic and aging characteristic. European Journal of Oral Sciences. 122, 271-278, 2014


Hershkovitz, I., Spigelman, M., Sarig, R., Lim, D. S., Lee, I. S., Oh, C. S., May, H., Boaretto, E., Kim, Y.S., Lee, S.D., Peled, N., Kim, M.J., Toledano, T., Bar-Gal G.K., Shin, D. H. A possible case of cherubism in a 17th-Century Korean mummy. PloS One, 9, e102441, 2014


Shpack, N., Brosh, T., Mazor, Y., Shapinko, Y., Davidovitch, M., Sarig, R., Reimann, S., Bourauel, C., Vardimon, A. D. Long-and short-term effects of headgear traction with and without the maxillary second molars. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 146, 467-476,2014


Levartovsky, S., Matalon, S., Sarig, R., Baruch, O., & Winocur, E. The association between dental wear and reduced vertical dimension of the face: a morphologic study on human skulls. Archives of Oral Biology.2014


Sarig, R., Vardimon, A.D., Sussan, S., hhhBenny, L., Sarne, O., Hershkovitz I., Nir, S. Pattern of maxillary and mandibular proximal enamel thickness at the contact area of the permanent dentition from first molar to first molar. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 147, 435-444, 2014.


Sarig, R., Hershkovitz I., Nir, S., May H., Vardimon, A.D. Rate and pattern of Inter-Proximal Dental Attrition. European Journal of Oral Sciences 123, 276-281. 2015.


Hardy K., Radini A., Buckley., Sarig R., Copeland L., Gopher A., Barkai R. Dental calculus reveals potential respiratory irritants and ingestion of essential plant-based nutrients at Lower Palaeolithic Qesem Cave Israel. Quaternary International, 398, 129-135. 2015.


Hershkovitz, I., Weber, G.W., Fornai, C., Gopher, A., Barkai, R., Slon, V., Quam, R., Gabet, Y., Sarig R. New Middle Pleistocene dental remains from Qesem Cave (Israel) Quaternary International, 398, 148-158. 2016.


Sarig, R., Gopher, A., Barkai, R., Rosell, J., Blasco, R., Weber, G.W., Fornai, C., Sella-Tunis, T., Hershkovitz, I. How did the qesem cave people use their teeth? Analysis of dental wear patterns. Quaternary International, 398, 136-14. 2016.


Weber, G.W. Fornai, C., Gopher, A., Barkai, R., Sarig, R., Hershkovitz, I. The Qesem cave hominin material (Part 1): A morphometric analysis of the mandibular premolars and molar. Quaternary International, 398, 159-174. 2016.


Fornai, C., Benazzi, S., Gopher, A., Barkai, R., Sarig, R., Bookstein, F. L., Hershkovitz, I., Weber, G. W. The Qesem Cave hominin material (part 2): A morphometric analysis of dm 2-QC2 deciduous lower second molar. Quaternary International, 398, 175-189.2016 .


Sarig, R., Tillier, A. M. Dental wear patterns in early modern humans from Skhul and Qafzeh: A response to Luca Fiorenza and Ottmar Kullmer. HOMO-Journal of Comparative Human Biology, 67, 85-87. 2016.



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