The all-on-four concept, which is used to rehabilitate edentulous patients, can present with mechanical complications such as screw loosening and fracture. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the stress patterns induced in the prosthetic screws by the different prosthetic screw and abutment designs in the all-on-four concept, using finite element analysis. Von Mises stress values on six groups of each screw-type, including short and narrow screw, short abutment; short and wide screw, short abutment; long and wide screw, short abutment; short and narrow screw, long abutment; short and wide screw, long abutment; and long and wide screw, long abutment, were compared under a cantilever loading of 200 N that was applied on farther posterior to the position of the connection between the distal implant and the metal framework. Posterior prosthetic screws showed higher stress values than anterior prosthetic screws. The stress values in posterior prosthetic screws decreased as the length and diameter increased. In conclusion, the long and wide screw design offers advantages in stress distribution when compared to the short and narrow design.
Stress Distribution on the Prosthetic Screws in the All-on-Four Concept: A Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis
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Ji-Hyeon Oh, Young-Seong Kim, Joong Yeon Lim, Byung-Ho Choi; Stress Distribution on the Prosthetic Screws in the All-on-Four Concept: A Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis. J Oral Implantol doi: https://doi.org/10.1563/aaid-joi-D-19-00090
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