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Volume 24 , Issue 5
September/October 2009

Pages 866–876

Influence of Bone and Dental Implant Parameters on Stress Distribution in the Mandible: A Finite Element Study

Hong Guan, PhD/Rudi van Staden, BEng/Yew-Chaye Loo, PhD/Newell Johnson, PhD/Saso Ivanovski, PhD/Neil Meredith, PhD

PMID: 19865627

Purpose: The complicated relationships between mandibular bone components and dental implants have attracted the attention of structural mechanics researchers as well as dental practitioners. Using the finite element method, the present study evaluated various bone and implant parameters for their influence on the distribution of von Mises stresses within the mandible. Materials and Methods: Various parameters were considered, including Young’s modulus of cancellous bone, which varies from 1 to 4 GPa, and that of cortical bone, which is between 7 and 20 GPa. Implant length (7, 9, 11, 13, and 15 mm), implant diameter (3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.5 mm), and cortical bone thickness (0.3 to 2.1 mm) were also considered as parameters. Assumptions made in the analysis were: modeling of the complex material and geometric properties of the bone and implant using two-dimensional triangular and quadrilateral plane strain elements, 50% osseointegration between bone and implant, and linear relationships between the stress value and Young’s modulus of both cancellous and cortical bone at any specific point. Results: An increase in Young’s modulus and a decrease in the cortical bone thickness resulted in elevated stresses within both cancellous and cortical bone. Increases in the implant length led to greater surface contact between the bone and implant, thereby reducing the magnitude of stress. Conclusions: The applied masticatory force was demonstrated to be the most influential, in terms of differences between minimum and maximum stress values, versus all other parameters. Therefore loading should be considered of vital importance when planning implant placement. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2009;24:866–876

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