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Bite Back: Issue 2 - Dental Case Study

This issue of Bite Back focuses on putting a real-life face to the issues surrounding excessive bite force through a patient case. We also ask you to tell us a little more about yourself and your practice to help us continue to provide news, tools, and resources you can use.

Bite Force Analysis: The Key to Transitioning Treatment Plans Into Action

Dentists are skilled at diagnosing functional issues such as bite force, however, communicating the urgency for treatment to patients can be difficult. Measuring bite force using the Innobyte can demonstrate the need for treatment unequivocally.

Case Study Of Craig

At 33 years old, Craig was concerned with the look of his teeth and smile. He felt that his teeth had become “flattened” in appearance leading him to see his dentist.

Courtesy of Dr. Dan Hagi, DDS, FAGD, FICOI, (A)FAAID

Using Bite Force

His dentist used the Innobyte to measure his bite force which came back with a reading of 1470 Newton, one of the highest his dentist had ever measured, putting Craig in the “excessive” range and well over the 650 to 1000 Newton bite force that is considered normal. To put this measurement in perspective, 1470 Newton is equivalent to a force of 330 pounds or 150 kilograms!

Did you know that a Cheetah has a bite force of 1800 Newton and a Lynx has a bite force of 1000 Newton? This puts Craig’s bite force right between these two fierce predators

Craig had a minimal gingival infection, little periodontitis, and light previous restoration work. Tooth number 2,6 (first upper left molar) had cracks in the enamel and a fracture in the tooth was suspected due to the excessive bite force measured.