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Volume 26 , Issue 3
May/June 2013

Pages 235238

Strain Comparisons for Splinted and Nonsplinted Cement-Retained Implant Crowns

Burak Yilmaz, DDS, PhD/Joseph Mess, DDS/Jeremy Seidt, PhD/Nancy L. Clelland, DDS, MS

PMID: 23626976
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.3254

The aim of this study was to compare strains generated by splinted and nonsplinted cement-retained implant crowns for two implants. A stereolithic resin cast was printed using computed tomography scan data from a patient. Two 4 X 6-mm implants were placed in the posterior left side of the cast. Splinted and nonsplinted cementretained crowns were made. The three-dimensional image correlation technique was used for the measurement of strains as crowns were loaded up to 400 N in vertical and oblique directions with an Instron machine. Patterns and magnitudes of strain for splinted and nonsplinted crowns were similar. Results of this in vitro study suggest that splinting has a minimal effect on the load sharing of adjacent cementretained crowns. Int J Prosthodont 2013;26:235238. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3254

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