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Volume 7 , Issue 4
Winter 1992

Pages 450-458

Comparison of Stress Transmission in the IMZ Implant System With Polyoxymethylene or Titanium Intramobile Element: A Finite Element Stress Analysis

David C. Holmes, DDS, MS/William R. Grigsby, DDS, PhD/Vijay K. Goel, MS, PhD/John C. Keller, PhD

PMID: 1299640

Using the finite element method, this study modeled a 4.0 13.0-mm IMZ implant, restored with a cast gold crown, to examine the influence of the polyoxymethylene (POM) intramobile element (IME) on the transmission of vertical and oblique forces. Stress concentrations in the bone and in components of the implant system were much greater under a 30-degree load than under an equal vertical load. Stress transmission to bone occurred chiefly in the crestal region, and these stresses were not reduced when the IME was modeled in POM rather than in titanium. Maximum stress concentrations occurred in the fastening screw. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1992;7:450-458.)

Key words: biomechanics, computers, implant-supported prosthesis, intramobile element, stress analysis

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