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Patrick John Prendergast
Daniel Kelly



computational analysis finite element modelling mandibular distraction osteogenesis tissue analysis bone regeneration orthodontic devices mechanobiology tissue differentiation

Tissue differentiation and bone regeneration in an osteotomized mandible: a computational analysis of the latency period (2008)

Abstract Mandibular symphyseal distraction osteogenesis is a common clinical procedure to modify the geometrical shape of the mandible for correcting problems of dental overcrowding and arch shrinkage. In spite of consolidated clinical use, questions remain concerning the optimal latency period and the influence of mastication loading on osteogenesis within the callus prior to the first distraction of the mandible. This work utilized a mechano-regulation model to assess bone regeneration within the callus of an osteotomized mandible. A 3D model of the mandible was reconstructed from CT scan data and meshed using poroelastic finite elements. The stimulus regulating tissue differentiation within the callus was hypothesized to be a function of the strain and fluid flow computed by the finite element model. This model was then used to analyse tissue differentiation during a fifteen day latency period, defined as the time between the day of the osteotomy and the day when the first distraction is given to the device. The following predictions are made: (i) the mastication forces generated during the latency period support osteogenesis in certain regions of the callus, and that during the latency period the percentage of progenitor cells differentiating into osteoblasts increases; (ii) reducing the mastication load by 70% during the latency period increases the number of progenitor cells differentiating into osteoblasts; (iii) the stiffness of new tissue increases at a slower rate on the side of bone callus next to the occlusion of the mandibular ramus which could cause asymmetries in the bone tissue formation with respect to the middle sagittal plane. Although the model predicts that the mastication loading generates such asymmetries, their effects on the spatial distribution of callus mechanical properties are insignificant for typical latency periods used clinically. It is also predicted that a latency period of longer than a week will increase the risk of premature bone union across the callus.
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Patrick John Prendergast
Trinity College Dublin
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Daniel Kelly
Trinity College Dublin
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