Journal Article

A controlled evaluation of oral screen effects on intra-oral pressure curve characteristics

Michael Knösel, Klaus Jung, Gero Kinzinger, Oskar Bauss and Wilfried Engelke

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 32, issue 5, pages 535-541
Published in print October 2010 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
A controlled evaluation of oral screen effects on intra-oral pressure curve characteristics

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The purpose of this study was to quantify the impact of oral screen (OS) application on intra-oral pressure characteristics in three malocclusion groups.

Fifty-six randomly recruited participants (26 males and 30 females) who met the inclusion criteria of either an Angle Class I occlusal relationships or Angle Class II1 or II2 malocclusions, were assigned by dentition to group I (n = 31), group II1 (n = 12), or group II2 (n = 13). Two 3 minute periods of intra-oral pressure monitoring were conducted on each participant, using two different oral end fittings connected to a piezo-resistive relative pressure sensor: (1) a flexible OS and (2) a small-dimensioned air-permeable end cap (EC), which was placed laterally in the premolar region, thus recording intra-oral pressure independent of the influence of the OS. Pressure curve characteristics for both periods and between the malocclusion groups were evaluated with reference to the frequency of swallowing peaks, duration, and altitude of negative pressure plateau phases and the area under the pressure curve. Statistical analysis was undertaken using analysis of variance (ANOVA), the Wilcoxon Mann–Whitney test, and spearman correlation coefficient.

A median number of two peaks (median height −20.9 mbar) and three plateau phases (median height of −2.3 mbar) may be regarded as normative for normal occlusion subjects during a 3 minute period, at rest. OS application raised the median average duration and height of intra-oral negative pressure plateau phases in the II1 subjects, exceeding those of group I, but less than the plateau duration in group II2. Median peak heights were distinctively lower in groups I and II1 during OS application.

It is concluded that additional training for extension of intra-oral pressure phases may be a promising approach to pre-orthodontic Class II division 1 treatment.

Journal Article.  3637 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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