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Analysis of the compressive strain below the removable and fixed prosthesis in the posterior mandible using a digital image correlation method

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It was the purpose of this study to determine and analyse strains in the bone of posterior mandible below the removable and fixed partial dentures using Digital Image Correlation Method. Dried mandible with shortened dental arch (Kennedy Class 1) was used in the experiment. The mandible model was prepared for accepting two types of restorations for bilaterally missing molars conventional therapy, and removable and fixed partial dentures were manufactured following standard prosthetic protocol. The models with prosthetic restorations placed in situ were subjected to loading of 50–300 N, and photographed using two digital cameras as part of the digital image correlation method equipment. Afterwards, the obtained data for strains within restored mandible during loading ciclus were analysed in the software Aramis and graphically presented. Percentage size of the mandible strains within the line section are from 0.14 to 0.19% for the removable partial denture experimental model and 0–0.14% for the fixed partial denture experimental model. The study has demonstrated that Digital Image Correlation method can be used to measure strain on the mandible surface and replacements during loading and that from biomechanical perspective both therapeutic modalities can be equally useful for the restoration of the mandible with bilaterally distal edentulous spaces.

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Tanasic, I., Milic-Lemic, A., Tihacek-Sojic, L. et al. Analysis of the compressive strain below the removable and fixed prosthesis in the posterior mandible using a digital image correlation method. Biomech Model Mechanobiol 11, 751–758 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10237-011-0348-5

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