Stress distribution in resin-based CAD-CAM implant-supported crowns

Pietro Ausiello, Alessandro Espedito Di lauro, João Paulo Mendes Tribst, David C. Watts

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This study aimed to evaluate the influence of new resin-based CAD-CAM implant-supported materials on posterior crown restoration stress and strain concentrations.

A previous 3D implant model was edited to receive a cement-retained posterior crown manufactured with different CAD/CAM materials (Estelite P Block, Estelite Block II or Estelite Layered Block). Each solid model was exported to the computer-aided engineering software and submitted to the finite element analysis of stress and strain. Material properties were assigned to each solid with isotropic and homogeneous behavior according to the manufacturer information. A vertical load of 600 N was applied in the occlusal region of the crown, via a simulated food bolus, and stress was calculated in Von Misses (σVM) for the implant, abutment and screw, Maximum (σMAX) Principal Stresses for the crown and microstrain for the bone.

All simulated materials showed acceptable stresses levels with a similar stress pattern among the models. At the crown intaglio region and cement layer, however, differences were observed: Estelite P Block showed a lower tensile and shear stresses magnitude when compared to other resin-based materials with lower elastic modulus.

The stress effect of different resin-based CAD-CAM implant-supported crowns is predominant in the crown and cement layer, with Estelite P Block showing 7.4 % versus 9.3 % and 9.2 % for Estelite Block II and Estelite Layered Block of crown failure risk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-122
JournalDental Materials
Issue number1
Early online date23 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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