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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5138950, 5 pages
Research Article

Evaluation of Sensibility Threshold for Interocclusal Thickness of Patients Wearing Complete Dentures

Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Pristina, Pristina, Kosovo

Correspondence should be addressed to Linda J. Dula

Received 31 March 2017; Accepted 24 May 2017; Published 18 June 2017

Academic Editor: Gilberto Sammartino

Copyright © 2017 Kujtim Sh. Shala et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The aim of this study was to evaluate sensibility threshold for interocclusal thickness in experienced and nonexperienced denture wearers after the insertion of new complete dentures. Materials and Methods. A total of 88 patients with complete dentures have participated in this study. The research was divided into two experimental groups, compared with the previous experience prosthetic dental treatment. The sensibility threshold for interocclusal thickness was measured with metal foil with 8 μm thickness and width of 8 mm, placed between the upper and lower incisor region. Statistical analysis was performed using standard software package BMDP (biomedical statistical package). Results. Results suggest that time of measurement affects the average values of the sensibility threshold for interocclusal thickness ( = 242.68, = 0.0000). Gender appeared to be a significant factor when it interacted with time measurement resulting in differences in sensibility threshold for interocclusal thickness (gender: = 9.84, = 0.018; = 4.83, = 0.0003). Conclusion. The sensibility threshold for interocclusal thickness was the most important functional adaptation in patient with complete dentures. A unique trait of this indicator is the progressive reduction of initial values and a tendency to reestablish the stationary state in the fifteenth week after dentures is taken off.