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  1. 1. RESEARCHAND EDUCATION Fit of implant frameworks fabricated by different techniques Stephen I. Riedy, DDS, MS, ~ Brien R. Lang, DDS, MS, b and Beth E. Lang, BAc School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. P u r p o s e . This study evaluated the precision of fit betwcen an implant framework and a patient simulation model that consisted of five implant abutments located in the mandibular symphysis area. One-piece cast frameworks were compared with Procera machined and laser-welded frameworks with laser videography. M a t e r i a l a n d m e t h o d s . Five frameworks of each type were measured with a laser digitizer and a graphics computer program to determine a single point represented as the "Centroid" for each framework component and each implant abutment. Differences between the paired centroids for each framework/ abutment interface are reported as x- and y-axis displacements, and z-axis gaps. The direction of the x- and y-axis displacements was determined. Results. There were significant differences (p < 0.05) in the precision of fit between both the one-piece cast frameworks and the Procera frameworks, when compared with the abutments in the patient simulation model. The laser-welded tYamework exhibited a more precise fit than the one-piece casting, with significant differences at four of the five prosthodontic interfaces, when evaluated by the mean z-axis gap at the centroid points. (J Prosthet Dent 1997;78:596-604.) The precision o f fit or the closeness o f the clear- niques that are currently used in a majority o f clinicalance between the bearing surfaces o f the implant abut- situations. One is the conventional lost wax technique,m e n t and implant c o m p o n e n t housed within a prosthe- which is used to cast one-piece full-arch implant frame-sis framework 1 has been questioned as being a signifi- works. The other involves copy milling sections o f ancant factor in: stress transfer, 2 the biomechanics o f an acrylic resin framework pattern in grade 2 titanium andimplant system, 3,4 the occurrence o f complications, ~ 10 then laser welding the sections together (Procera sys-and the response o f the host tissues at the biological tem, N o b e l Biocare, AB, G/Steborg, Sweden). The pre-interface.ll,12 An i m p o r t a n t question asked by clinicians cision o f fit achieved with these two techniques has beenis: ~What precision o f fit is achievable in clinical prac- reported by several investigators. Cart and Stewart 13tice, and is the fit different when frameworks are fabri- determined that the conventional lost wax technique,cated by different techniques?" to produce a one-piece full-arch implant framework, was I f the precision o f fit or gap between a framework and imprecise and inaccurate as judged against their passivethe abutments is excessive, then the effect o f fit on the fit requirements. However, White 14 has claimed that thebiologic interface may become extremely important. cast one-piece Sheffield frameworks satisfy the one-screwThere are m a n y factors that can influence the precision fitting test. According to White, .4 corrective solderingo f fit achieved, including the manufacture o f implant has not been required with the Sheffield frameworks,components and the several clinical and laboratory steps and no implant or implant prosthodontic c o m p o n e n tinvolved in the restoration o f the edentulous situation. has broken since 1985. This information is based onImpression maldng, production o f the master cast, and retrospective observations and has not been subjectedframework fabrication can accumulatively influence the to scientific validation. Jemt and Linden is found thatfit observed by the clinician when the framework is fit- machined and laser-welded titanium frameworks have ated to the abutments in the oral environment. better fit to the abutments than do the cast frameworks. There are two implant framework fabrication tech- Recognizing the need for additional scientific docu- mentation on the precision o f fit achieved by these twoPresented before the Academy of Prosthodontics Annual Meeting, framework fabrication techniques, this study was initi- Orlando, Fla., May 1994. ated to examine thc null hypothesis that there are no~Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics.bprofessor and Chair, Department of Prosthodontics. differences in the precision o f fit between the abutmentsCResearch Assistant, Department of Prosthodontics. o f a patient simulation model and the prosthetic corn-596 THE JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY VOLUME 78 NUMBER 6
  2. 2. RIEDY, LANG, A N D LANG THE JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRYFig. 1. Acrylic resin patient simulation model replicates eden- Fig. 2. Framework positioned on abutments of patient simula-tulous mandibular arch containing five osseointegrated im- tion model to "best fit" relationship.plants in symphysis region. Black reference spheres are essen-tial for computer matching of framework to abutments. (Ar-rows identify three reference spheres essential for computer as opposed to selecting one specific laboratory. This ap-matching of framework to abutments). proach was chosen because it would better represent the reality o f clinical practice. It would also reduce a situa- tion of bias, where the frameworks produced in one com-ponents in (a) the one-piece cast framework or (b) the mercial laboratory would not represent the variablesmachined and laser-welded titanium framework. encountered with this fabrication process. For standardization in the design o f the cast one-pieceMATERIAL AND METHODS framework, the commercial laboratories were provided An acrylic resin patient simulation model replicating with detailed written instructions that included: (a) thean edentulous mandibular arch was designed for this type o f alloy, which dictated the investment, (b) waxingproject (Fig. ]). Five titanium implants (SDCA 062, technique and materials, (c) sprue design, (d) castingNobel Biocare, Inc., Chicago, Ill.), 3.75 x 10 mm, were technique, and (e) finishing sequence to be followed.positioned in 1:he mandibular symphysis region, ante- Instructions to the Procera laboratory included: (a) typerior to the mental foremen. Standard 5.5 m m titanium o f metal, (b) welding technique, and (c) the finishingabutments (SDCA 005, Nobel Biocare, Inc.) were joined sequence to be followed. Photographs o f the exact pat-to the implants with abutment screws and tightened to tern o f the framework design to be fabricated on the20 Ncm. master cast were also provided to the laboratories. All Ten standardized master casts were made o f the simu- frameworks were evaluated for compliance with theselated mandible, model from 10 separate impressions by directions when they were returned to the investigators.using a controlled and repeatable technique. The tray Laser videography ( M i t u t o y o / M T I Corp., Aurora,design and the use o f an impression splint with an ap- Ill.) was the m e t h o d selected to measure the precisionpropriate impression material were factors to be consid- o f fit between the abutments and the framework com-ered in controlling the impression technique. Standard ponents. This system combines a laser digitizer with astainless steel abutment replicas were joined to square graphic computer program for both visual and numeri-impression copings used in this impression procedure. cal displays o f the linear data collected. The optic sourceDie stone was poured into each impression to create 10 is a Gallium Arsenide laser ( M i t u t o y o / M T I Corp.) withmaster casts. a wavelength o f 780 nm capable of measuring at the To control any influence that differences in the mas- micron level. System software allowed plotting o f theter cast would have on the framework fabrication pro- collected x-, y-, and z-axis data in a three-dimensionalcess, the master casts were randomly assigned to one o f mode. The system accuracy is ±0.001 ram, and repeat-two groups. For group 1, the master casts were assigned ability tests measuring a calibration cast with five abut-to the Procera laboratory for fabrication o f the machined ments during five measurement sessions resulted in aand laser-welded titanium frameworks. For group 2, the standard deviation o f the mean x-axis o f 0.010 ram, themaster casts were randomly assigned to commercial den- y-axis o f 0.010 ram, and the z-axis o f 0.001 ram.tal laboratories selected in the Midwest United States Three reference spheres essential to the computerfor fabrication o f a cast one-piece framework. Five dif- matching of the framework to the abutments were in-ferent laboratories, with a minimum o f 8 years experi- corporated into the patient simulation model (Fig. 1).ence in implant framework fabrication with the lost wax One sphere was placed in the area o f the tongue space,technique, were selected to fabricate the cast frameworks while the other two were positioned on either side o fDECEMBER 1997 597
  3. 3. THE JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY RIEDY, LANG, AND LANGFig. :3. Transfer impression in dental stone records "best fit" Fig. 5. Nobel Biocare standard abutment cylinder is digitizedorientation of framework to patient simulation model and with laser videography system, and 1600 x-axis and y-axisnegatives of reference spheres (arrows). measurement points are illustrated in computer graphic ren- dering. Z(0,0,0) ore|.. | o,o ~ , w ~, j . ojO ,w~....I i oe I o~ ... o "-- a o ele ,,p~ ~w~" "- o -" Fig. 6. After series of computer commands to remove hex head, remaining 450 data points are used to determine cen- troid point of abutment cylinder. X the most anterior (center) a b u t m e n t location and pro-Fig. 4. X-, y-, and z-axis coordinate values for abutment cen- gressing posteriorly, the framework-bearing surfaces weretroid point@ (xl, yl, zl) at a specific prosthodontic interface is fitted to their respective abutments. When the "best fit"compared with centroid point 0 (x2, y2, z2) for framework at was achieved, guide pins were positioned and tightenedthis location to calculate linear differences in precision of fit. until initial resistance was met. A transfer impression in dental stone was used to record the orientation o f the framework to the patient simulation model and to thethe midline, anterior to the mandible. The patient simu- reference spheres (Fig. 3). The stone impression withlation model was positioned in the digitizer, and the ar- the framework and the recorded "negatives" o f the ref-eas to be measured were identified by the linked com- erence spheres were positioned in the digitizer, and ar-puter. A 6.0 m m 2 area that covered each a b u t m e n t was eas similar in dimensions to those used for the abut-digitized with an x- and y-axis measurement matrix and ments and reference spheres were digitized. Each frame-0.100 m m between each data point. The area to be digi- work c o m p o n e n t - b e a r i n g surface was digitized threetized on each reference sphere was identified. Each bear- times.ing surface area o f the implant a b u t m e n t was digitized The centroid m e t h o d previously reported by Lie andthree times. Jemt, ]6 and Tan et al) 7 was used to reduce the x-, y-, To measure the framework components, the frame- and z-axis data collected from the bearing surface forwork was positioned on the abutments o f the patient b o t h the abutments and framework components to asimulation model, using a technique r e c o m m e n d e d in single point for fit measurements. This m e t h o d initiallythe clinic to achieve a "best fit" (Fig. 2). Beginning with locates the center point and long axis o f each compo-598 VOLUME 78 NUMBER 6
  4. 4. RIEDY, LANG, AND LANG THE JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY l I I l Il I l Sphere A of Sphere BFig. 7. Gold cylinder is digitized in manner similar to abut- iment, and 450 data points used to determine centroid pointare illustrated in graphic rendering. Centroid point ~ ~-~ t ~ J nent. The mean z-axis plane of the bearing surface is Z I then calculated, and the center point of the component I I is projected along its long axis to the z-axis plane as the I I centroid point. Comparisons between the two centroid I X I points, one for the abutment and the other for the frame- I Iwork component, provide the measurements of preci- I sion of fit as x-axis, y-axis displacements, and z-axis gaps (Fig. 4). The laser videography software was capable of defin- Fig. 8. Centroid point and long axis of abutment (AB) was ing the centroid points, thus this method was used. The located by matching spheres of known diameter (spheres A abutment illusllated in Figure 5 represents approximately and B) to inner edge of bearing surface. 1600 x- and y-axis measurement points, collected by thelaser videography system. Data points that do not con-tribute to the location of the centroid point are elimi-nated from the abutment data set. The remaining points (approximately 450) and their respective x-, y-, andz-axis coordinate values formed the database used to deter-mine the centroid point (Fig. 6). Data for determining thecentroid points for the framework component-bearing sur-faces were managed in a similar manner (Fig. 7). The center point and long axis of each abutment waslocated by matching balls of a lr~nown diameter to therecorded data set (Fig. 8). The mean z-axis plane of thebearing surface was computed from the 450 data points,and the centroid point was determined by projectingthe center point onto the bearing surface plane (Fig. 9).Differences bewveen the various centroid points for the Fig. 9. Centroid point was determined by projecting centerframework and for the abutments were determined by point onto mean bearing surface plane of abutment.matching the reference spheres recorded during the mea-surement of the patient simulation with the sphere nega-tives recorded when measuring the framework (Fig. 10,A and B). This; computer function positioned the sets of Calculation of a proper sample size was necessary tocentroid points in the same orientation that was used in assure adequate levels of significance and power to de-the clinic to achieve a "best fit." Once matched, the tect differences in the area of clinical interest. The pur-centroid poincs for the framework could be compared pose of this study was to estimate the differences in pre-with those of the abutments and the x- and y-axis dis- cision of fit between a one-piece cast framework (lain)placements and z-axis gaps calculated (Fig. 11, A and and those fabricated by copy milling and laser weldingB). (gmw). The null hypothesis was as follows:DECEMBER 1997 599
  5. 5. THE JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY RIEDY, LANG, AND LANGFig. 10. A, Centroid points (arrows) were determined for all Fig. 11. A, Fit between prosthetic gold cylinder in frameworkabutments (green) and bearing surface components of frame- (yellow) and abutment (green) in patient simulation model iswork (yellow). Reference spheres are also pictured. B, Com- illustrated by computer graphic rendering. B, To demonstrateputer-matched reference spheres of patient simulation model relationship of centroid point for abutment (AB) to that ofwith their negative representations recorded in stone transfer framework component, computer graphic representation hasimpression. This matching procedure produced same relation- been illuminated to illustrate "best fit."ship in computer at each prosthodontic interface that wasinitially recorded when framework components (yellow) werepositioned on abutments (green) to "best fit." (50 to 10) or 0.045 m m . T h e standard deviation (6) for an experimental p o p u l a t i o n can be estimated as oneTable I. Establishing the experimental population f o u r t h o f the range; that is sigma = r a n g e / 4 or 0 . 0 4 5 / 4 = 0.011 m m . For this study, an acceptable precision o f a za/2 1 - fJ zf~ fit was established as o n e that w o u l d d e m o n s t r a t e a0.100 1.645 0.800 0.840 z-axis gap between the framework and a b u t m e n t at the0.050 1.960 0.850 1.030 centroid point o f less than 0.025 mm. The needed sample0.025 2.240 0.900 1.282 size was calculated using the following formula:0.010 2.576 0.950 1.645 N = 2(Zc~/2 + z[3) 2 x (~2/62 T h e values for cq Zc~/2, 1 - ]5, and Z[3 are listed in H o : Bm c = ~ m w T a b l e I. F o r this s t u d y , n = 2 ( 1 . 9 6 + 1 . 2 8 ) 2 "while the alternative hypothesis was as follows: ( 0 . 0 1 1 ) 2 / ( 0 . 0 2 5 ) 2 , or n = 4.25, and therefore a sample size o f 5 was n e e d e d for each framework group. 18 F o r Ha: p m c ~ ~ m w. this study, p o w e r = 1 - [3, and 13 = 0.1; therefore, p o w e r A n 0t "alpha" o f 0.05 and ~ " b e t a " o f 0.10 were used = 1 - 0.1 = 0.9, m e a n i n g that a difference in the preci-as levels o f statistical significance. I t was estimated that sion o f fit o f the one-piece cast frameworks versus thethe range in precision o f fit for the one-piece castings m a c h i n c d and laser-welded framcworks will be detectedw o u l d be 0 . 0 2 0 to 0 . 0 5 0 m m at the z-axis centroid 90% o f the time with a sample size o f n = 5.points, and for the m a c h i n e d and laser-welded frame- T h e statistical test selected for the analysis o f the dataw o r k w o u l d be 0.010 to 0.025 ram. Therefore the maxi- was a t w o - w a y analysis o f variance (ANOVA). T h e levelm u m range differences w o u l d be - 5 (20 to 25) to 40 o f significance to reject the null-hypothesis w a s p _<0.05.600 VOLUME 78 NUMBER 6
  6. 6. RIEDY, L A N G , A N D L A N G THE J O U R N A L O F PROSTHETIC DENTISTRYTable II. Two-way ANOVA on abutment x-, y-, and z-valuesSource df Sum of squares Mean square F-value P-valueX-valueFramework 1 0.0226 0.0226 11.0807 0.0009Abutment 4 0.2663 0.0666 32.6092 0.0001Framework*abutment 4 0.0314 0.0079 3.8507 0.0044Residual 440 0.8983 0.0020Y-valueFramework 1 0,0137 0.0137 12.7377 0.0004Abutment 4 0,1360 0.0340 31.7269 0.0001Framework*abutment 4 0.0651 0.0163 15.1935 0.0001Residual 440 0.4715 0.0011Z-valueFramework 1 0.0052 0.0052 25.21 76 0.0001Abutment 4 0.0038 0.0010 4.6709 0.0011Framework*abutment 4 0.0032 0.0008 3.9066 0.0040Residual 440 0.0903 0.0002*interaction between framework and abutment.Table !11. The mean x-, y-, and z-axis coordinate values and standard deviations in mm for the patient simulation model (PSM) andgroup 1 (laser-welded) and group 2 (one-piece) frameworks X Y ZCentroid point PSM FR group 1 FR group 2 PSM FR group 1 FR group 2 PSM FR group 1 FR group 2/~eanAB1 -16,268 -16.198" -16.187" 6.346 6.364 6.323 4.316 4.334* 4.343*AB2 -9.297 -9.185" -9.198" -2.251 -2.288* -2,281" 4.153 4,173" 4.I70"AB3 -0,249 -0.139" -0.131" -5.165 -5.210" -5,213" 4.275 4.292* 4.301"A84 8.805 8.892* 8.925* -2.325 -2.356 -2.337 4.361 4.381" 4.387*AB5 16.930 17.065* 17.097* 5.575 5.592 5.554 4,924 4.945* 4.959*SDAB1 0.005 0.032 0.037 0.004 0.035 0.045 0.000 0,015 0.013AB2 0.008 0.033 0.032 0.005 0,025 0.019 0.002 0.010 0.015AB3 0.007 0.024 0.044 0.005 0.033 0.020 0.004 0,013 0.015AB4 0.004 0.034 0.048 0.006 0.037 0.024 0.005 0,014 0.015AB5 0.005 0.035 0.092 0.003 0.049 0.020 0.003 0.005 0.020*Level of statistically significance P = 0.05.RESULTS (p = 0.0001), abutments (p = 0.0011), and the interac- The data collected consisted o f different x-, y-, and tions between framework and abutments (p = 0.0040).z-axis values :For the patient simulation model and the The mean x-, y-, and z-axis values for the centroidframework centroid points for each o f the 10 frameworks points for the five abutment locations for the patient(5 in each group) at five abutment locations. Thus a re- simulation model and the frameworks in group I (laser-peated measm:es ANOVA was performed for frameworks, welded) and group 2 (one-piece casting) are presentedabutments, and interactions between the frameworlcs and in Table III. The abutments (AB) were numbered be-abutments. The factors and interaction results for this ex- ginning AB 1 in the mandibular right canine area o f theperimental design are presented in Table II. patient simulation model and proceeding around the arch For the x-a~ds values, significant differences were found to AB5 in the left canine region. A significant differenceb e t w e e n f r a m e w o r k s (p = 0 . 0 0 0 9 ) , a b u t m e n t s was found between the centroid point mean x- and(p = 0.0001), and the interactions between framework and z-axis coordinate values for frameworks in groups 1 andabutments (p = 0.0044). Significant differences were also 2 when compared with the patient simulation model at allfound between frameworks (p = 0.0004), abutments abutment locations (p < 0.05). In the y-axis, significant(p = 0.0001 ), and the interactions between framework and differences were found only at AB2 and AB 3 locations.abutments (p = 0.0001) in the y-axis values. The z-axis The mean differences and standard deviations betweenvalues revealed significant differences between frameworks the ccntroid point data for the frameworks in groups 1DECEMBER 1997 601
  7. 7. THE JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY RIEDY, LANG, AND LANG Y rior than the patient simulation at AB1 (6.346 mm ver- 2O sus 6.364 ram) and AB5 (5.575 mm versus 6.592 mm), whereas the centroid points for the one-piece cast frame- works were positioned more anterior 6.323 m m and 5.554 mm, respectively. ABI AB5 DISCUSSION The experimental question in this study was to deter- mine the precision o f fit o f implant frameworks in the --I x -20 oral environment when fabricated by the two techniques, AB4 the conventional lost wax cast method and the machined titanium and laser-welded fabrication process. A patient simulation model was chosen for the experimental de- sign that would permit the measurement o f abutments ~ Patlent Simulation Model with the laser digitizer. ~/~~ Framework group 1 Every attempt was made to control the variables en- ~Fra~work group 2 countered in making the impression, pouring the mas- ter cast, and making the stone transfer impression that could potentially alter the fit o f the frameworks to theFig. 12. X-axis and y-axis mean data for cast one-piece frame- abutments. Controlling these factors and randomly as-works and machined titanium laser-welded frameworks are signing the master casts to two groups (one for the castplotted with data representing patient simulation model. frameworks and the other for the laser-welded method) eliminated bias related to these variables. Similarly, any differences introduced by positioning o f the frameworksand 2 and for the patient simulation model in all three on the patient simulation model before making the stoneaxes are presented in Table IV. When the differences transfer impression were controlled, because the samebetween the framework and the abuunents in group 1 procedure was used for both framework groups. Differ-were compared with group 2, significant differences were ences in the precision o f fit between the abutments andfound in the x- and y-axis arAB4 and AB5. A significant the framework components may be due to the frame-difference was found at AB1 only in the y-axis. In the work fabrication process alone, or they may representz-axis, significant differences were found at locations the cumulative differences caused by the several steps inAB1, AB3, AB4, and AB5. the different techniques. In either situation, these dif- An evaluation o f the raw data for all frameworks in ferences are inherent in each fabrication process.the z-axis demonstrated a range from 0.002 to 0.047 H o o k e 19 demonstrated that two points separated bym m for group 1 with 20% o f the gaps greater than 0.025 1 minute arc, or no closer than 0.100 mm and locatedram. For group 2, the mean z-axis gap data ranged approximately 25 cm or 10 inches from the eye, can befrom 0.002 to 0.068 m m with 48% o f the gap dimen- seen as two distinct individual points. The explanationsions greater than 0.025 m m (data not provided in this for this p h e n o m e n o n is directly related to the neuro-stu#). physiology o f the human eye. Because visual acuity is no The x- and y-axis displacements for both framework better than 0.100 m m when an object is viewed 25 cmgroups are illustrated in Figure 12 as determined from an away, one could expect a sensitivity o f 0.050 m m whenanalysis o f the x- and y-axis mean data in Table II. For the objects are viewed under magnification loops withboth framework groups, the centroid point for the center ×2 magnification. The human optical senses might en-framework component was centered at AB3. This com- counter difficulty at precise measurements less thanputer assembly was similar to the process performed when 0.050 m m and thus, for this investigation, a z-axis gapthe frameworks were fitted on the patient simulation size greater than 0.025 m m was the estimate used as amodel. The x-axis distance between the centroid points measure o f clinical significance.at locations AB2 and AB4 was less for the laser-welded In this study, the mean x-, y-, and z-axis coordinateframeworks (18.077 mm) and greater for the one-piece values for both framework groups were measured by la-castings (18.123 ram) than the 18.102 mm for the pa- ser videography, as were the abutments in the patienttient simulation model. For both framework groups, the simulation model. The centroid points for the frame-distance between the centroid points was greater on the work components and the patient simulation abutmentsx-axis at AB1 and AB5 (group 1 = 33.263 ram; group were computed, and the mean x-, y-, and z-axis differ-2 = 33.284 mm) than the 33.198 mm for the patient ences between the frameworks and the abutment cen-simulation model. The centroid points in the y-axis for troids were then calculated. These centroid differencesthe laser-welded frameworks were located more poste- were then subjected to a two-way ANOVA to determine602 VOLUME 78 NUMBER 6
  8. 8. RIEDY, LANG, AND LANG THE JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRYFig. 13. A, Prosthodontic interface (arrow) between AB5 Fig. 14. A, Prosthodontic interface (arrow) between AB5 (abut-(abutment) and framework component for cast one-piece ment) and framework component for machined titanium la-framework. B, C o m p u t e r graphic representation of ser-welded framework. B, Reference spheres can be seen inprosthodontic interface illustrated in A; reference spheres computer graphic representation of prosthodontic interfacecan be seen. of A.whether significant differences existed between the two the flat bearing surface. Either of these reasons can resulttechniques for fabricating an implant framework. in a gap at the centroid point and other locations at the Comparisons o f the mean coordinate values for the interface (Figs. 13, A and B, and 14, A and B).x-, y-, and z-axes for both framework groups to the pa- Calculation o f the mean x-, y-, and z-axis differencestient simulation model exhibited significant differences between the framework groups and the patient simula-(p < 0.05) (Table III). Obviously, something affected tion abutments revealed significant differences in thethe precision o f fit o f the frameworks to the patient simu- z-axis for framework to abutment interfaces at AB 1, AB 3,lation model. The differences observed demonstrated AB4, and AB5 (Table IV). For the laser-welded frame-an influence by the techniques themselves. works (group 1), the mean z-axis gaps were 0.018 m m In every instance, a significant difference was found and 0.021 mm for AB 1 and AB5, respectively. The meanin the mean z-axis data for both framework groups, when z-axis gaps for the one-piece frameworks at AB1 wascompared with the mean z-axis measurements for the 0.027 mm and, at AB5, the gap was 0.035 mm. A sig-patient simulation model (Table III). These differences nificant difference was also found at AB3 or the centerare more precisely determined because o f the 0.001 m m a b u t m e n t l o c a t i o n w i t h the m e a n z-axis gap o fresolution used[ to make the measurements and are in- 0.018 mm for laser-welded frameworks (group 1), andfluenced by the: framework fabrication techniques. the one-piece castings (group 2) being 0.026 mm. For The presence: o f a z-axis gap does not mean that there abutment position AB4, the mean z-axis gap o f 0.019is no contact at this interface. Contact may be occurring m m was measured for the laser-welded frameworkssomewhere else around the circumference o f the bearing (group 1), whereas the gap for the one-piece castingssurface. Contact may be occurring on the facial, lingual, (group 2) was determined to be 0.026 mm.mesial, or dista][ areas o f the bearing surface, or contact The mean z-axis gaps were greater for the one-piecemay be occurring between the framework component and castings. The magnitude o f the z-axis gap at the cen-the inner vertical inclines o f the abutment, leading up to troid points for the laser-welded frameworks ranged fromDECEMBER 1997 603
  9. 9. THE JOURNAL OF PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY RIEDY, LANG, AND LANGTable IV. The mean x-, y-, and z-axis differences and standard deviations in mm of the framework - a b u t m e n t PSM x y zCentroid point Group 1 Group 2 Group 1 Group 2 Group 1 Group 2MeanAB1 0.069 0.081 0.018* -0.023 0.018* 0.027AB2 0.112 0.099 -0.036 -0.029 0.020 0.01 7AB3 0.110 0.118 -0.045 -0.048 0.01 8* 0.026AB4 0.087* 0.120 -0.032* -0.012 0.01 9* 0.026AB5 0.135* 0.166 0.01 7* -0.020 0.021 * 0.035SDAB1 0.033 0.037 0.036 0.045 0.015 0.013AB2 0.034 0.033 0.025 0.020 0.010 0.016AB3 0.025 0.044 0.033 0.021 0.013 0.015AB4 0.034 0.048 0.038 0.025 0.015 0.016AB5 0.035 0.092 0.049 0.020 0.006 0.020*Level of statistically significance P = m m at AB3 (center) and AB1 (fight posterior) to system -- clinical studies. Aust Prosthodont J 1993;7(Supp):45-9.0.021 m m at AB5 (left posterior). The small mean vari- 5. Gregory M, Murphy WM, Scott J, Watson CJ, Reeve PK. A clinical study of the Br&nemark dental implant system. 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