Mucosal blood flow in the human palate was measured by a temperature controlled thermoelectrical method based on the thermal conductivity of mucosal tissue using a blood flow monitor and a non‐invasive surface probe. The effect of mechanical pressure on the palatal mucosal tissue was studied. Mechanical pressure (2.5, 5.0, 7.5, 10.0 or 15.0g mm−2) to the mucosal surface was exerted circumferentially around the surface probe. In five out of seven subjects, the blood flow showed a tendency to be almost constant under the mechanical pressures which are 10.0g mm−2 or higher. The effect of the duration of the pressure (10.0g mm−2) exertion on the blood flow was also investigated and it was revealed that the blood flow tended to be constant after 60s in every subject. In the present study, it was also demonstrated that the temperature controlled thermoelectrical method is appropriate for studying the blood flow dynamics in oral mucosa.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of oral rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1992|
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