A downloadable meshed human canine tooth model with PDL and bone for finite element simulations

Andrew Boryor*, Ansgar Hohmann, Martin Geiger, Uwe Wolfram, Christian Sander, Franz Günter Sander

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Objective: The aim of this study is to relieve scientists from the complex and time-consuming task of model generation by providing a model of a canine tooth and its periradicular tissues for Finite Element Method (FEM) simulations. Methods: This was achieved with diverse commercial software, based on a micro-computed tomography of the specimen. Results: The Finite Element (FE) Model consists of enamel, dentin, nerve (innervation), periodontal ligament (PDL), and the surrounding cortical bone with trabecular structure. The area and volume meshes are of a very high quality in order to represent the model in a detailed form. Material properties are to be set individually by every user. The tooth model is provided for Abaqus®, Ansys®, HyperMesh®, Nastran® and as STL files, in an ASCII format for free download. Significance: This can help reduce the cost and effort of generating a tooth model for some research institutions, and may encourage other research groups to provide their high quality models for other researchers. By providing FE models, research results, especially FEM simulations, could be easily verified by others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e57–e62
Number of pages6
JournalDental Materials
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009


  • Cortical bone
  • Finite Element Mesh
  • Finite Element Method
  • Periodontal ligament (PDL)
  • Segmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Medicine


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