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September, 2005, Vol. 7, No. 3



Jaw tracking devices - historical review of methods development. Part I
67 - 71

Jaw tracking devices - historical review of methods development. Part II
72 - 76

The masticatory system - an overview
77 - 80

Oral parafunctions and positive clinical examination findings
81 - 83

Testing of the questionnaire on dental care satisfaction in a sample of adult patients visiting dental clinics at Faculty of Odontology, Kaunas University of Medicine. A Pilot study
84 - 89

Secretory function of neutrophilic leukocytes of the patients with periodontal diseases
90 - 94

5 year experience with lower lip cancer
95 - 98

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Jaw tracking devices - historical review of methods development. Part I

Una Soboļeva, Lija Lauriņa, Anda Slaidiņa


Chewing or mastication is one of the main functions of the stomatognathic system. The use of devices for quantitatively measuring mandibular motion has recently become more common in scientific and clinical use. Often, the goal has been to provide an objective basis for diagnosing musculoskeletal disorders of the jaws, to monitor the progress of active treatment methods or to evaluate prosthodontic treatment functional results. To better understand differences between various systems to record mandibular motion a review of recording methods presented over the years was made.

To give fundamental description for development of existing methods review was divided in three parts.

Part I includes analyses of methods using mechanical devices, photographic methods and roentgenographic methods, describing not only technologies by themselves, but also analyzing essential limitations, possible direction of the functional improvement and, specially, their scientific and clinical significance.

Key words: chewing movements, tracking devices, mandibular motion

Received: 19 04 2005

Accepted for publishing: 20 08 2005

*Riga Stradins University (Latvia), Department of Prosthodontics.

Una Soboļeva* - D.D.S., Assistant professor, Head of the Department of Prosthodontics, Institute of Stomatology, Riga Stradins University.
Lija Lauriņa* - D.D.S., lecturer.

Anda Slaidiņa* - D.D.S., PhD student.

Address correspondence to Department of Prosthodontics, Institute of Stomatology, 20 Dzirciema str., Riga LV 1007, Latvia.