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Journal of Craniomandibular Function

Editor in Chief: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang B. Freesmeyer, Berlin

Official publication of the International Society of Computerized Dentistry

ISSN 1868-4149

Publication:

Winter 2012
Volume 4 , Issue 4

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Taste function influenced by the maxillary complete denture

Jüch, Frits



Pages: 289-299

This article describes the localization, innervations and function of the human taste organ, the nature of the contribution of factors influencing taste perception in general, and the effect of covering the hard palate with dentures on taste acuity in particular. During eating, taste sensation is experienced everywhere in the oral cavity and is not restricted to areas comprising taste buds. The hard palate, which lacks gustatory receptors, plays a major role in the contribution to gustatory responses. It is generally accepted that by covering the hard palate, changes in temperature and texture perception of the food are the principal factors contributing to alterations in taste responses. Advice is provided as to how denture wearers experiencing changes in taste perception can be treated.

Keywords: taste, taste sensitivity, taste perception, denture, complete dentures

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