In full-arch implant rehabilitations, when the anterior screw abutment channel compromises the aesthetic of the patient, the OT-Bridge system used with its Seeger rings may provide the necessary retention of the prosthesis. However, no studies have evaluated the forces generated at the Seeger level during loading. This Finite Element Analysis aims to investigate the mechanical behavior of Seeger rings in a mandibular model with four implants and an OT-Bridge system, used without one or two anterior prosthetic screws. A 400 N unilateral load was virtually applied on a 7 mm distal cantilever. Two different variables were considered: the constraint conditions using two or three screws instead of four and the three different framework materials (fiberglass reinforced resin, cobalt-chrome, TiAl6V4). The FEA analysis exhibited tensile and compressive forces on the Seeger closest to the loading point. With the resin framework, a tension force on abutment 3.3 generates a displacement from 5 to 10 times greater than that respectively expressed in metal framework materials. In a full-arch rehabilitation with four implants, the case with three prosthetic screws seems to be a safer and more predictable configuration instead of two. Considering the stress value exhibited and the mechanical properties of the Seeger, the presence of only two prosthetic screws could lead to permanent deformation of the Seeger in the screwless abutment closest to the loading point.

Evaluation of Load Distribution in a Mandibular Model with Four Implants Depending on the Number of Prosthetic Screws Used for OT-Bridge System: A Finite Element Analysis (FEA) / Grande, F.; Pozzan, M. C.; Marconato, R.; Mollica, F.; Catapano, S.. - In: MATERIALS. - ISSN 1996-1944. - 15:22(2022), p. 7963. [10.3390/ma15227963]

Evaluation of Load Distribution in a Mandibular Model with Four Implants Depending on the Number of Prosthetic Screws Used for OT-Bridge System: A Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Grande F.;
2022

Abstract

In full-arch implant rehabilitations, when the anterior screw abutment channel compromises the aesthetic of the patient, the OT-Bridge system used with its Seeger rings may provide the necessary retention of the prosthesis. However, no studies have evaluated the forces generated at the Seeger level during loading. This Finite Element Analysis aims to investigate the mechanical behavior of Seeger rings in a mandibular model with four implants and an OT-Bridge system, used without one or two anterior prosthetic screws. A 400 N unilateral load was virtually applied on a 7 mm distal cantilever. Two different variables were considered: the constraint conditions using two or three screws instead of four and the three different framework materials (fiberglass reinforced resin, cobalt-chrome, TiAl6V4). The FEA analysis exhibited tensile and compressive forces on the Seeger closest to the loading point. With the resin framework, a tension force on abutment 3.3 generates a displacement from 5 to 10 times greater than that respectively expressed in metal framework materials. In a full-arch rehabilitation with four implants, the case with three prosthetic screws seems to be a safer and more predictable configuration instead of two. Considering the stress value exhibited and the mechanical properties of the Seeger, the presence of only two prosthetic screws could lead to permanent deformation of the Seeger in the screwless abutment closest to the loading point.
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