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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 7 (1992), No. 4     1. Dec. 1992
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 7 (1992), No. 4  (01.12.1992)

Page 450-458


Comparison of Stress Transmission in the IMZ Implant System With Polyoxymethylene or Titanium Intramobile Element: A Finite Element Stress Analysis
Holmes, David C. / Grigsby, William R. / Goel, Vijay K. / Keller, John C.
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.

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