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Improving implant fixation by immediate loading

Objective

Problems associated with perrnucosal fixation of oral prostheses, using osseointegrated implants, are mainly found in the ageing population. Standard practice is to fit prostheses onto supporting implants after a period of unloaded healing. One-stage placement of implants and immediate loading are slowly emerging in the clinical field. Functional and social benefits for patients are evident: they can return earlier to normal function. The scientific rationale behind this new approach is not yet well understood. This project will study the effects of controlled mechanical loading on bone reaction and implant fixation. A combination of animal experiments and CT-image based finite element modelling will provide the scientific basis for a rehabilitation protocol, to be tested in a pilot study on ten patients. A "smart prosthesis" will help the patients cope with limited ooseoperception during the osseointegration period.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Kapucijnenvoer 33
3000 Louvain / Leuven
Belgium

Participants (5)

ASTRA TECH AB
Sweden
Address
Aminogatan 1
431 21 Molndal
MATERIALISE NV
Belgium
Address
Technologielaan 15
3001 Heverlee
MSC SOFTWARE GMBH
Germany
Address
Innsbrucker Ring, 15
81612 Muenchen
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
Address
25,Philips Van Leijdenlaan 25
6500 HB Nijmegen
THE ROYAL VETERINARY COLLEGE
United Kingdom
Address
Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms
AL9 7TA Welham Green,hatfieid