The role of periodontal mechanoreceptors in mastication

Kemal S. Türker*, Paul F. Sowman, Meltem Tuncer, Kylie J. Tucker, Russell S A Brinkworth

*Corresponding author for this work

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The aim of this review is to discuss what is known about the reflex control of the human masticatory system by the periodontal mechanoreceptors and to put forward a method for standardised investigation. To deliver mechanical stimulus in a reproducible way, the following precautions are suggested: the stimulus should be brought into secure contact with the area of stimulation, and slack between the probe and the area to be stimulated should be taken up by the application of a preload. It is also important to ensure that there is minimal simultaneous activation of receptor systems other than the periodontal mechanoreceptors. It is also necessary to standardise the method for recording and analysing the response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-364
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


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