alexa Abstract | Quantification of tooth-tapping forces

Journal of Research and Development
Open Access

OMICS International organises 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events every year across USA, Europe & Asia with support from 1000 more scientific Societies and Publishes 700+ Open Access Journals which contains over 50000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.

Open Access Journals gaining more Readers and Citations

700 Journals and 15,000,000 Readers Each Journal is getting 25,000+ Readers

This Readership is 10 times more when compared to other Subscription Journals (Source: Google Analytics)

Research Article Open Access


Objective: Percussion of teeth with a handle of a mouth mirror is a common method of diagnosis in dentistry. Pain or discomfort in response to the percussive force can indicate a variety of problems including diseased periodontium or pulp via eliciting pain. The main objective was to instrument a mouth mirror to assess the forces that dentists routinely use in such percussion, as compared to maximum bite forces. Methods: The instrumented handle of a mouth mirror was used by one clinician to tap healthy teeth in 15 subjects. These percussive forces were compared to maximum voluntary forces produced by the subjects. A pilot study of 15 dentists was then run, who percussed the teeth of two healthy subjects. Results: In the preliminary study, biting forces were variably two orders of magnitude higher than for tapping, being higher on posterior teeth (p < 0.001). In the multi-dentist dataset, tapping forces remained consistently in the low-Newton range, being significantly higher on posterior than anterior teeth and when male dentists were performing the percussion (p < 0.001). Conclusions: Knowledge of the physiological sensitivity is important in formulating guidelines for training dentists in these techniques such that forces are kept appropriate for diagnosis.

To read the full article Peer-reviewed Article PDF image | Peer-reviewed Full Article image

Author(s): Manal Maslamani*, Sreeja Saji, Peter Lucas


 , ,, Basic and Applied Science, Basic research, Applied research, Research and Development, Technology life cycle

Share This Page

Additional Info

Loading Please wait..
Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version