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The International Journal of Prosthodontics

Edited by George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS, MS, FRCD(C)

ISSN 0893-2174

March/April 2009
Volume 22 , Issue 2

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Numerical Investigation of the Mechanical Loading of Supporting Soft Tissue for Partial Dentures

Ludger Keilig/Helmut Stark/Stefan Bayer/Karl-Heinz Utz/Mathias Strazza/Manfred GrünerChristoph Bourauel

Pages: 201–203
PMID: 19418869

The aim of this research was to study the impact of loading on partial dentures within the supporting soft tissue with respect to different attachment techniques. A finite element model was developed to calculate the stress and strain distribution in this tissue. The model consisted of the left half of a mandible with three remaining teeth that had suffered an atrophy in the anterior region, and a partial denture over the toothless area that was connected at the left mandibular canine using an attachment system. Resulting stress/strain distributions are presented for different load cases using a commercially available prefabricated attachment system. Int J Prosthodont 2009;22:201–203

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