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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery
Minerva Stomatologica 2001 July-August;50(7-8):271-8
Baropodometric examination for complete diagnosis of patients with cranio-cervico-mandibular disorders
Chessa G., Marino A., Dolci A., Lai V.
Background. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between craniomandibular disorders and postural alterations using baropodometric examination.
Methods. All tests were carried out in the Department of Dentistry at Sassari University in a population of patients with cranio-cervico-mandibular disorders (CCMD) of various types and severity. A total of 10 subjects (mean age approximately 30 years) with this pathology were evaluated over 7 months. All patients were treated using the following protocol: objective functional and clinical examination, radiographic tests, occlusal treatment using acrylic resin plate, baropodometric test with static and dynamic posture assessment, with eyes open and closed, before and after treatment with orthesis.
Results. An improved postural position was observed in 80% of cases, of which 30% showed an improvement in both static and dynamic posture, 20% only in static and 30% only in dynamic; these results highlighted the importance of baropodometric analysis in the correct treatment of patients with CCMD and postural disorders.
Conclusions. This study confirms the need for a holistic approach to odontostomatological disciplines and the importance of a modern preventive and/or therapeutic approach to orthodontic problems and CCMD, especially when fixed or removable biomechanical devices are used.