The effect of periodontitis on biting abilities

Arzu Alkan, Ilker Keskiner, Selim Arici, Shuichi Sato

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Background: The aim of this study was to compare the biting abilities (bite force [BF] and occlusal contact area [OCA]) of chronic periodontitis patients with those of control patients with healthy periodontia by using pressure-sensitive sheets. Methods: The study population consisted of 20 patients with chronic periodontitis whose initial periodontal therapy was completed and 20 control subjects with healthy periodontia. Periodontitis was diagnosed by radiographs and measurements of probing depth and clinical attachment level. Pressure-sensitive sheets were used for the quantitative analysis of BF and OCA. Results: Both mean BF and OCA values were greater in the healthy control group compared to those of the study group. The differences between the groups were statistically significant at the 95% confidence level. Conclusion: Reduced periodontal support in the absence of inflammation negatively affected biting abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1442-1445
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of periodontology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug


  • Bite force
  • Periodontitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Periodontics


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