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Volume 27 , Issue 1
January/February 2014

Pages 7072

A Preliminary Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis of Mandibular Implant Overdentures

Cynthia S. Petrie, DDS, MS/Mary P. Walker, DDS, PhD/Yunkai Lu, PhD/Ganesh Thiagarajan, PhD

PMID: 24392480
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.3425

A treatment protocol that may lead to reduced mandibular posterior residual ridge resorption in patients with overdentures retained and supported by two interforaminal implants was investigated. The treatment included the addition of short implants in the posterior edentulous mandible for the presumed purpose of favorable provision of mechanical load stimulus to alveolar bone. Three-dimensional finite element analysis was used to model cited effective strains that may stimulate bone remodeling in two selected models. Based on this laboratory study, the addition of posterior short implants has a favorable effect in maintaining bone mass under implantretained overdentures. Int J Prosthodont 2014;27:7072. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3425

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