A novel approach to bite force measurements in a porcine model in vivo

V. A. Bousdras, J. L. Cunningham, M. Ferguson-Pell, M. A. Bamber, S. Sindet-Pedersen, G. Blunn, A. E. Goodship

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A novel device for a bite force measurement system in a porcine model is described. A single polyethylene layer was vacuum-formed into a splint, and a force sensor was fitted on to the splint occlusal surface and seated with a silicone layer. This design enabled the measurement of bite forces on selected teeth in a large animal model with either natural dentition or single implant crowns and could be used in assessing information on biomechanical adaptation of the bone-implant interface to masticatory loads. Preliminary recordings of force values obtained during mastication in the premolar region (200-560 N) and various limiting factors of the technical design are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-667
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006


  • Animals
  • Bite Force
  • Calibration
  • Dental Implants, Single-Tooth
  • Dental Stress Analysis
  • Equipment Design
  • Mastication
  • Models, Animal
  • Swine
  • Transducers, Pressure
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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