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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter September 7, 2017

Numerical design studies on a novel electrostimulative osteosynthesis system for the mandible

  • Hendrikje Raben EMAIL logo , Christian Schmidt , Karthik Sridhar , Peer W. Kämmerer and Ursula van Rienen


Fractures or other major bone defects in the mandible are commonly treated by mounting a reconstruction plate at the fracture site. To avoid complications due to loosening of the implant or the fixation screws, electrical stimulation presents a possibility to accelerate bone healing. The aim of this study was to investigate different combinations of activated electrodes and plate designs regarding their feasibility for electrostimulation of the mandibular bone. The electric field distribution for multiple implant designs was computed using the finite element method. The results suggest that the electrode insulation renders a crucial parameter, which influences substantially the stimulation impact and its power consumption.

Published Online: 2017-09-07

©2017 Hendrikje Raben et al., published by De Gruyter

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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