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Volume 11 , Issue 1
January/February 1996

Pages 67-72

A Computerized Method for Evaluating Distribution of Occlusal Load on Implant-Supported Fixed Cantilever Prostheses

Yoshiro Matsui, DDS, PhD/ Friedrich Wilhelm Neukam, MD, DDS, PhD/Manfred Wichmann, DDS, PhD/Kohsuke Ohno, DDS, PhD

PMID: 8820124

An investigation was conducted to determine whether Dental Prescale, a material that undergoes a graded color-producing chemical reaction when force is applied, could be used to evaluate occlusal load distribution objectively and quantitatively when combined with computer analysis. Ten patients with an implant-supported fixed cantilever prosthesis and a complete conventional maxillary denture were studied. The results indicated that the system can be used to evaluate occlusal load distribution with sufficient reproducibility. However, in its present form, the system is somewhat cumbersome, and its use must now be considered experimental. Further refinement is necessary to allow easier clinical use. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1996;11:6772)

Key words: complete denture, dental implant, occlusal equilibration

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