Your Teeth and Force
According to a 1994 study by Zhao Y and Ye D, published in Pub Med, humans can generate approximately 120 kilograms of force. This is equal to about 265 pounds of force. The reason why this is so important is because patients should understand that our teeth take a constant amount of brute force on a daily basis. Furthermore; patients should compare their mouths to that of a nutcracker, with the most force generated in the back of the mouth and dissipating forward. Because the molar teeth take the majority of force when biting it is important that they are strong and do not obtain too many fractures over time. Also, any time patient’s present with missing teeth I always try to educate the patient on the importance of replacing missing teeth regardless of how they replace it. As a person begins to lose more and more teeth, especially back molar teeth, they should understand that their force will continue to be the same however how the force is being distributed will be very different. The less teeth a patient has the more force that is being allocated to the remaining teeth. So if a person were to present with 3 or more missing teeth it would not be surprising if evidence of fracture or wear will present itself on the remaining teeth present.
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