The oral implantologist's goal is a long term functional and esthetic outcome.1 In planning for this, various data are collected and evaluated. One parameter that has not been seriously considered in the past is the patient's bite force capability (BFC).
Treatment planning centers around function, esthetics, and loading. This is accomplished by implant size selection, implant positioning, and prosthetic design. Jaw bite force is generally 2–3 times greater in the posterior jaws than the anterior. Overloading the supporting bone is a basic caveat. Thus, implant size and position are important to prevent an overload of the supporting bone.2–6 Nonetheless, the patient's BFC is the vector behind this occlusal load. It is important, then, for the clinician to have this value to consider implant size, position, and prosthetic occlusal scheme.2–6
Patient bite force capability ranges from 50 to 300 N. Thus, a...