Influence of posterior dental arch length on brain activity during chewing in patients with mandibular distal extension removable partial dentures.

@article{Shoi2014InfluenceOP,
  title={Influence of posterior dental arch length on brain activity during chewing in patients with mandibular distal extension removable partial dentures.},
  author={Kaori Shoi and K Fueki and Nobuo Usui and Masato Taira and Noriyuki Wakabayashi},
  journal={Journal of oral rehabilitation},
  year={2014},
  volume={41 7},
  pages={
          486-95
        }
}
It is well known that shortened dental arch decreases masticatory function. However, its potential to change brain activity during mastication is unknown. The present study investigates the effect of a shortened posterior dental arch with mandibular removable partial dentures (RPDs) on brain activity during gum chewing. Eleven subjects with missing mandibular molars (mean age, 66.1 years) on both sides received experimental RPDs with interchangeable artificial molars in a crossover trial design… CONTINUE READING
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