Abstract

This paper seeks to explore the numerical analysis methods used in dentistry in general and those regarding teeth contacts, in particular. Typically, such an analysis consists of the following steps: modelling the actual object, mesh generation, numerical modelling and computer programming. The best known and mostly used of all is the finite element method. The paper also presents other more refined methods, for instance: CATIA and fast Fourier transform. The study of the living tissue based on numerical analysis exceeds the limitations of in vivo experiments but computers can never replicate the body adaptation capacity.

Keywords

Dental stress analysis, Finite element analysis, Dental occlusion.