The Biomechanical Effect of Different Denture Base Materials on the Articular Disc in Complete Denture Wearers: A Finite Element Analysis


  • Mohamed M. El-Zawahry Prosthodontics Department, National Research Center, Giza
  • Ahmed A. El-Ragi Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Fayoum University
  • Mohamed I. El-Anwar Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Research Centre
  • Eman Mostafa Ahmed Ibraheem Prosthodontics Department, National Research Center, Giza



TMJ Articular disc, stresses, Finite element analysis, Denture base material


AIM: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of different denture base materials on the stress distribution in TMJ articular disc (AD) in complete denture wearers.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two three dimensional Finite Element (FEA) models of an individual temporomandibular joint (TMJ) were built on the basis CT scan. The FEA model consisted of four parts: the condyle, the articular disc, the denture base, and the articular eminence skull. Acrylic resin and chrome-cobalt denture base materials were studied. Static loading of 300N was vertically applied to the central fossa of the mandibular second premolar. Stress and strain were calculated to characterize the stress/strain patterns in the disc.

RESULTS: The maximum tensile stresses were observed in the anterior and posterior bands of (AD) on load application with the two denture base materials. The superior boundaries of the glenoid fossa showed lower stress than those on the inferior boundaries facing the condyle.

CONCLUSIONS: Within the limitations of the present study it may be concluded that: The denture base material may a have an effect in stress-strain pattern in TMJ articular disc. The stiffer denture base material, the better the distribution of the load to the underling mandibular supporting structures & reducing stresses induced in the articular disc.


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El-Zawahry MM, El-Ragi AA, El-Anwar MI, Ibraheem EMA. The Biomechanical Effect of Different Denture Base Materials on the Articular Disc in Complete Denture Wearers: A Finite Element Analysis. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2015 Jul. 13 [cited 2022 May 21];3(3):455-61. Available from:



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