Computer-aided design and finite element methods (FEM) have interested dental researchers because of its use in the computer simulation and design of dental implants, a process greatly facilitated by the development of new computer technology and more accurate modeling technologies. FEM allows for a better understanding of stresses along the surfaces of an implant and in surrounding bone. This will aid in the optimization of implant design and placement of the implant into the bone; it will also help when designing the final prostheses to minimize stresses. The purpose of this review is to elucidate the role of FEM and the impact of this technology in clinical dentistry in the new millennium.

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