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Evaluation of the Periotest Method in Dental Traumatology

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School Identifier:
First received: May 19, 2009
Last updated: May 20, 2009
Last verified: May 2009

Background/Aims: The Periotest® method represents a technique for objective tooth mobility assessment. The aims of this study were: 1. receiving information about normal Periotest® values in vertical and horizontal dimension on periodontally healthy teeth for individuals aged 20-35, 2. investigating the reliability of the Periotest® method in terms of intra-serial and inter-serial reproducibility before splinting and with an applied dental trauma splint, 3. evaluating the splint effect of two different wire-composite splints in vivo.

Materials and Methods: On periodontally healthy dental students (n=33; mean age 24.7 years) Periotest® values were measured on reproducible measuring points, in vertical and horizontal dimension and before splinting and after splint insertion. Three readings were taken per serial to observe the intra-serial reproducibility, and for testing inter-serial reproducibility three serials were measured (Friedman-test; P ≤ 0.001). Two different wire-composite-splints (1 = Dentaflex 0.45 mm, 2 = Strengtheners 0.8x1.8) were inserted, the Periotest® values were measured and the splint effects were calculated and compared (Whitney-Mann-U-test; P ≤ 0.001).

Condition Intervention
Dental Trauma
Device: Wire Composite Splint (Dentaflex 0.45 mm)
Device: Wire Composite Splint (Denture Strengtheners)

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Evaluation of the Periotest Method as a Tool for Tooth Mobility Monitoring and Splint Rigidity Assessment in Dental Traumatology

Further study details as provided by University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School:

Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
no periodontal disease
33 dental students (13 male, 20 female) with a mean age of 24.7 years (min. 19.8; max. 36.5) with no periodontal disease or dental trauma
Device: Wire Composite Splint (Dentaflex 0.45 mm)
Wire-Composite-Splint: Dentaflex 0.45 mm (Dentaurum, Pforzheim, Germany) attached with Tetric flow (IvoclarVivadent, Schaadn, Liechtenstein) to the teeth
Device: Wire Composite Splint (Denture Strengtheners)
Wire-Composite-Splint: Denture Strengtheners 0.8x1.8 mm (Dentaurum, Pforzheim, Germany) attached with Tetric flow to the teeth


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 36 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Dental students Dental Clinic 1 and 2

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 19-36
  • healthy upper front teeth

Exclusion Criteria:

  • periodontal disease
  • orthodontic treatment during the investigation period
  • history of dental trauma
  • fillings or restorations on upper front teeth
  • endodontically treated teeth
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00904930

Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany, 91054
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  More Information Identifier: NCT00904930     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PT-WCS1-WCS2-Hu
Study First Received: May 19, 2009
Last Updated: May 20, 2009

Keywords provided by University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School:
Tooth mobility assessment
Splint Rigidity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Tooth Mobility
Periodontal Diseases
Mouth Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases processed this record on May 23, 2017