Stress analysis of a complete maxillary denture under various drop impact conditions: a 3D finite element study

Emin Sunbuloglu*

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Complete maxillary dentures are one of the most economic and easy ways of treatment for edentulous patients and are still widely used. However, their survival rate is slightly above three years. It is presumed that the failure reasons are not only due to normal fatigue but also emerge from damage based on unavoidable improper usage. Failure types other than long-term fatigue, such as over-deforming, also influence the effective life span of dentures. A hypothesis is presumed, stating that the premature/unexpected failures may be initiated by impact on dentures, which can be related to dropping them on the ground or other effects such as biting crispy food. Thus, the behavior of a complete maxillary denture under impact loading due to drop on a rigid surface was investigated using the finite element method utilizing explicit time integration and a rate-sensitive elastoplastic material model of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Local permanent deformations have been observed along with an emphasis on frenulum region of the denture, regardless of the point of impact. Contact stresses at the tooth–denture base were also investigated. The spread of energy within the structure via wave propagation is seen to play a critical role in this fact. Stress-wave propagation is also seen to be an important factor that decreases the denture's fatigue life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1543-1554
Number of pages12
JournalComputer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2015

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  • complete maxillary denture
  • drop impact
  • explicit method
  • finite element analysis
  • impact simulation


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