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Volume 30 , Issue 6
November/December 2017

Pages 581–585


Comparative Evaluation of a Four-Implant–Supported Polyetherketoneketone Framework Prosthesis: A Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis Based on Cone Beam Computed Tomography and Computer-Aided Design

Ki-Sun Lee, DDS, MSc/Sang-Wan Shin, DDS, MPH, PhD, MSc/Sang-Pyo Lee, DDS, MSc/Jong-Eun Kim, DDS, MSD/Jee-Hwan Kim, DDS, MSD, PhD/Jeong-Yol Lee, DMD, MSc, PhD


DOI: 10.11607/ijp.5369

Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate and compare polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) with different framework materials for implant-supported prostheses by means of a three-dimensional finite element analysis (3D-FEA) based on cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and computer-aided design (CAD) data. Materials and Methods: A geometric model that consisted of four maxillary implants supporting a prosthesis framework was constructed from CBCT and CAD data of a treated patient. Three different materials (zirconia, titanium, and PEKK) were selected, and their material properties were simulated using FEA software in the generated geometric model. Results: In the PEKK framework (ie, low elastic modulus) group, the stress transferred to the implant and simulated adjacent tissue was reduced when compressive stress was dominant, but increased when tensile stress was dominant. Conclusion: This study suggests that the shock-absorbing effects of a resilient implant-supported framework are limited in some areas and that rigid framework material shows a favorable stress distribution and safety of overall components of the prosthesis.


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