A 10 μm (length) × 75 μm (depth) open channel is fabricated in fibre Bragg gratings (FBG) by femtosecond laser micromachining. The FBG Fabry-Perot (FP) cavity formed by this complex structure has a length of 4 mm; value estimated from interference spectrum for the air open channel. Reflection spectra of FBG FP cavity as a function of the temperature shows the cavity phase change. The sensor is thermally characterized by filling polymer in the channel and subsequent UV curing; the results show a period shift of approximately 12 x10-3, value obtained of interferometer pattern for 30°C temperature range.
This study describes the evolution of a punctual method to determine the bite force. Now the fiber Bragg grating sensor is encapsulated in minimal material between uppers and lowers first molars, at the moment of occlusion, avoiding precontacts between the other teeth in a dentition model. The gypsum dentition castings were performed in semi-adjustable articulator in the occluded situation to maintain angulations of the occlusal plane of a volunteer. The sensor was characterized using loads from 0 to 90 N. Forces of about 0.0112 nm/N were found between right uppers and lowers first molars.