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Does wearing dentures change sensory nerve responses under the denture base?


This summary is based on the article published in Gerodontology: Does wearing dentures change sensory nerve responses under the denture base? (March 2014)

Nana Ito, Suguru Kimoto and Yasuhiko Kawai


The standard textbook on complete dentures suggests the necessity of relief for the incisive and posterior palatine foramina of denture wearers to prevent the impingement of the nerves and vessels passing through these foramina. However, concrete evidence of the effect of dentures on the sensory function of the nerves underlying dentures is lacking.

Purpose of the Study

The study aim was to investigate the influence of denture-induced compression on sensory nerve responses to stimulations.

Key Finding

Wearing removable partial dentures contributes to changes of responses to stimulations in the large fibre of the sensory nerve underlying the maxillary alveolar ridge.


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1 Comment

  1. John F. Miner July 22, 2014

    The key finding is interesting but what actually happens at the microscopic/molecular level to change this physiological response?


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