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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 8 (1993), No. 2     1. Mar. 1993
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 8 (1993), No. 2  (01.03.1993)

Page 173-178


Qualitative Mechanoperception of Natural Teeth and Endosseous Implants
Ulrich, Rolf / Mühlbradt, Lars / Möhlmann, Hans / Schmid, Harald / Hoss, Axel
The responses of 100 patients to load on Tübingen ceramic implants and natural teeth were analyzed to learn about the facets of qualitative mechanoperception. This approach revealed four factors of mechanoperception: dullness, intensity, localization, and persistence. Dullness, localization, and persistence were discriminated between teeth and implants. Intensity perception, however, depended on load only.

Keywords: endosseous implants, qualitative mechanoperception