Categoria: Investigação

Autores: Duarte F., Silva JN., Ramos C., Hopper C.

Referência: Occlusal Force Diagnostic System – A Device for Clinical Application in Orthognathic Surgery​
International Journal of Modern Engineering Research| Vol. 14 | Iss. 1 | Jan.-Feb. 2024 | 46 |

Abstract: This research project was designed to apply several, newly developed and more sophisticated methods of measuring muscle structure and function to a situation where adaptation of muscle is pivotal to the success of a therapeutic approach, as is the case with orthognathic surgery.
The masseter muscle displays a penniform structure typically characterized by the presence of alternating muscular/aponeurotic layers. The anatomical sections and the MRI section in the same plane allowed the appearance of the intra-muscular aponeurotic layers on the MRI to be defined. Given these characteristics, the masseter muscle was chosen in preference to the medial pterygoid muscle.
A prototype device called the Occlusal Force Diagnostic System accompanied by a second prototype device called the Bite Training Machine were constructed to measure patients’ occlusal force. This system was applied in a repeatability test with 30 patients that attend the combined orthodontic/orthognathic surgery outpatient clinic of Clitrofa – Centro Médico, Dentário e Cirúrgico, in Trofa – Portugal.

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