Eri Makihara

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OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to evaluate the facial thermographic changes before and after low-level laser irradiation applied to the temporomandibular joint in normal subjects. BACKGROUND DATA Although this therapy has been reported to be effective in the pain management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative joint disease,(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate the blood flow changes of a superficial temporal artery before and after low-level laser irradiation was applied to the TMJ area of healthy subjects. METHODS Right TMJ areas of six healthy subjects were irradiated with a CO2 laser. Variation of diameter, blood flow rate, and blood flow volume of the vessel, on(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to determine a baseline value of tongue pressure on the palatal region in normal subjects that could then be used to assist in fabrication of a palatal augmentation prosthesis (PAP). MATERIALS AND METHODS A tongue-pressure measurement system with 36 rubber pressure sensors was constructed for this study. This system(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to quantify changes in brain activity during experimental occlusal interference. METHODS Fourteen healthy volunteers performed a rhythmical tapping occlusion task with experimental occlusal interference of the right molar tooth at 0 mm (no occlusion), 0.5 mm, and(More)
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