|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 154-158
A study of correlation between posterior palatal seal width and soft palatal angulation with palatal contour
Rupal J Shah, Sanjay B Lagdive, Divyeshkumar B Modi, Bhavyata Darji, Vedanshi A Amin, Ghanshyambhai C Patel
Department of Prosthodonontics, Government Dental College and Hospital, Asarwa, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
|Date of Submission||15-Jun-2015|
|Date of Acceptance||30-Dec-2015|
|Date of Web Publication||28-Mar-2016|
Divyeshkumar B Modi
102/2, Samratnagar, Isanpur, Ahmedabad - 382 443, Gujarat
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Context: The spatial relationship of posterior palatal seal (PPS) width and vibrating lines varies among individuals. Such variability could be related to contour of the palate.
Aims: The study was carried out to evaluate the relationship between PPS width of the patient intra-orally and cephalometric tracing of the same patient. Second part of the study was formulated to determine whether the anterior and posterior vibrating lines can be distinguished as two separate lines by different observers.
Materials and Methods: A lateral cephalogram was made to trace the hard and soft palatal contour, and the angle of the palatal contour was measured with the v-ceph program. Correlation analysis was conducted to examine the relationship between the distance from anterior to posterior vibrating lines and the angle of the palatal contour at the junction of the hard and soft palate.
Statistical Analysis Used: The data were analyzed using the Karl Pearson Correlation test.
Results: Correlation of the angle of the palatal contour to PPS width, showed perfectly positive value; whereas, correlation of angle between anterior nasal spine-posterior nasal spine (ANS-PNS) and PNS-Uvula (U) to PPS width showed partially positive value.
Conclusion: The correlation of angle between hard tissue and soft tissue to PPS width, and the angle between ANS-PNS and PNS-U to PPS width, increases with an increase in PPS width.
Keywords: Anterior nasal spine-posterior nasal spine line, posterior nasal spine-Uvula line, posterior palatal seal, vibrating line
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Shah RJ, Lagdive SB, Modi DB, Darji B, Amin VA, Patel GC. A study of correlation between posterior palatal seal width and soft palatal angulation with palatal contour. J Indian Prosthodont Soc 2016;16:154-8
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Shah RJ, Lagdive SB, Modi DB, Darji B, Amin VA, Patel GC. A study of correlation between posterior palatal seal width and soft palatal angulation with palatal contour. J Indian Prosthodont Soc [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Jul 19];16:154-8. Available from: http://www.j-ips.org/text.asp?2016/16/2/154/176519
| Introduction|| |
Patient's expectations are considered as paramount factor in designing of the prosthesis for giving a successful treatment. They expect a good prosthesis which is well-retained in mouth for a long duration that can work efficiently during stomatognathic function (mastication, phonation, etc.). 
A well-fitting and retentive complete denture requires a well-fitting tissue surface, a peripheral border compatible with the muscles, and tissues which make up the mucobuccal and mucolabial spaces so that a peripheral seal is created by the soft tissue draping over them. It is usually obtained by labial and buccal seal. In the posterior region, it is mainly by the posterior palatal seal (PPS). 
The accuracy or fit of complete dentures is essential for providing retention.  However, even with the presence of newly improved dental materials spaces may develop under dentures. ,,,,, For this reason, a compensating mechanism is required. Whereas, the form of the anterior alveolar bone may resist the deformation when the denture is removed from its cast,  the posterior area of the maxillary denture is flat. Therefore, it does not restrict the release of internal stresses during processing of the acrylic base and cannot prevent the deformation occurrence.  Providing sufficient PPS of a maxillary denture is necessary for retention. ,
The PPS may be defined as an area of soft tissue along the junction of the hard and soft palate on which pressure, within physiologic limits of the tissues, can be applied by a denture to aid in its retention. 
The definition of the vibrating line seems to be controversial and indefinite. In the glossary of prosthodontic terms, the vibrating lime is defined as an imaginary area rather than a line at the junction of the movable and immovable tissue across the posterior part of the palate that can be seen extending up to soft palate and extends bilaterally to the hamular notch.
The currently used techniques for determining the location of the vibrating line are based on: ,,,
- Phonation of 'ah' sound
- The palpatory method
- The nose-blowing method (valsalva maneuver)
- The swallowing method.
Location of the vibrating line relies on visual observation. Hence, a difference exists between different observers in determining anterior and posterior vibrating lines. Moreover, by that variation occurs in the PPS location and size.  This study focused on location and size of PPS boundaries in different individual having different angles between hard and soft palate.
The study was carried out to evaluate the relationship between PPS width of the patient intra-orally and that in the cephalometric tracingt. A second part of the study was formulated to determine whether the anterior and posterior vibrating lines can be distinguished as two separate lines of flexion by unbiased observers and compare it with lateral cephalometric tracings of angulations related to soft palate position.
| Materials And Methods|| |
Prior to the initiation of the study, approval was granted by the Ethical Committee of the Institute. Seven dental postgraduate clinical students were selected as observers. Forty-two dentulous patients were randomly selected. The students were asked to record the anterior and posterior vibrating line on one patient each using colored marking pencils. The anterior vibrating line was also marked by the palpatory method (using t-burnisher) using a different colored marking pencil. The marked lines were then transferred to the previously made impression of irreversible hydrocolloid material.
Each subject was instructed by the study coordinator to rehearse the valsalva maneuver until he/she became acquainted with it. The subject was then instructed to say 'ah' in a normal unexaggerated manner. He was then requested to perform the above maneuvers when required to do so [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. 
The study commenced by measuring the PPS width. PPS width was measured in patient's mouth using Vernier calipers.
A lateral cephalogram was made to trace the hard and soft palate contour, and the angle of the palatal contour was measured with the v-ceph program. Correlation analysis was conducted with statistical software to examine the relation between the width of PPS (the distance from anterior to the posterior vibrating line) and the angle of the palatal contour at the junction of the hard and soft palate.
The tracing points were anterior nasal spine (ANS), posterior nasal spine (PNS), Uvula (U), and shadow of the hard and soft palate.
In contiguity with the second part of the study, observations recorded in the study were made by two observers, the study coordinator and the observer. The study coordinator first dried the PPS area with a gauze sponge. The subject was asked to perform the first maneuver (saying 'ah' in an unexaggerated manner). The hamular notch was located by palpation and marked using a pointed violet-colored pencil. The observer was then asked to mark the beginning of the line of motion of the soft palate with the violet-colored pencil. The dried impression was then placed in the mouth by the study coordinator to transfer the marking.
The violet marking on the palate was then wiped off. The hamular notch was again located and marked with a pointed tip dipped in pink food color, and the subject was asked to perform the next maneuver (nose blowing). When the soft palate moved after gently pinching the subject's nose and having the subject attempt to blow air through the nose, the line of flexion was marked in violet color by the student; the dried impression was again placed by the study coordinator in the mouth to transfer the second marking. The marking was wiped off the palate.
The anterior vibrating line was confirmed by the study coordinator by using the palpation method, wherein t-burnisher was used. This marking was done using a pointed tip dipped in violet food color, and the impression was repositioned in the mouth to transfer the third marking
A comparison of the two colored lines was made on the impression
| Results|| |
Correlation of the angle between hard tissue and soft tissue to PPS width and difference of marking errors of anterior and posterior vibrating lines, marked by different observers, showed a perfectly positive value. It means with increasing angle between hard tissue and soft tissue, there was also an increment of PPS width [Table 1].
|Table 1: Correlating angle between hard and soft tissue to posterior palatal seal width |
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Correlation of angle between hard tissue and soft tissue to difference between anterior and posterior vibrating line showed a partially positive value. It means when increasing angle between hard tissue and soft tissue, there was also increment in error determining anterior and posterior vibrating lines, but in higher numbers [Table 2].
|Table 2: Correlating angle between anterior nasal spine-posterior nasal spine and posterior nasal spine-uvula to posterior palatal seal width |
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Whereas the correlating angle between ANS-PNS and PNS-U tissue to PPS width and difference of marking errors of anterior and posterior vibrating lines, marked by different observer, there is partially positive value. It means when increasing angle between hard tissue and soft tissue there was also an increment of PPS width but on higher numbers.
| Discussion|| |
It has been agreed that the PPS area lies between these anterior and posterior vibrating lines. In order to correctly locate these lines, careful observation and palpation of the tissue are necessary, as their locations vary with the contour of the soft palate.  In addition, the palatal tissues anterior to the posterior border need to be palpated with a blunt instrument to determine their compressibility in width and depth. The termination of the glandular tissues usually coincides with the anterior vibrating line. Thus, a combination of the palpatory and visual methods has been used in the present study. The dimension of the vibrating area may vary depending on the configuration of the soft palate. Use of this average dimension for determining the palatal seal area can deprive the patient of up to several millimeters or more of tissue coverage, which can have a direct effect upon the retentive potential of the denture base.
The angle of the junction between the hard and soft palates measured from the lateral cephalogram was correlated to the distance between the anterior and posterior vibrating lines as measured from the left and right sides.
Palate at the junction of the hard and soft palates is butterfly shaped. The boundary is relatively recessed anteriorly at the sides and projects posteriorly in the central region. , When these anatomic characteristics of the soft palate are considered with image overlapping in the lateral cephalogram, the point at which the soft palate meets the hard palate is seen toward the lateral side of the palate rather than at the palatal midline.
In addition, the angle size formed by the ANS-PNS line and the PNS-U line showed no correlation with the distances from the foveae palatinae to the anterior and posterior vibrating lines and no correlation with the distance between the anterior and posterior vibrating lines. This result may be because the angle is created between the base of the hard palate and the soft palate, rather than between the surfaces of the soft and hard palates.
There was a constant change in PPS width with change in the angle between hard and soft palates and ANS-PNS line and the PNS-U line.
| Conclusion|| |
There is far more correlation of angle between hard tissue and soft tissue to PPS width than the angle between ANS-PNS and PNS-U tissue to PPS width. With increasing angle, there is also increase in PPS width. A significant difference between errors in marking PPS was also noted. With increasing angle, there was an increase in error while marking vibrating lines.
The authors would like to thank Dr. Ghanshyam C. Patel for helping with the statistical analysis of the data.
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Conflicts of interest
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