Capturing deformation of bone using strain gauges is still a common approach in biomechanics. So far, the bone surfaces had to be sanded and cleaned using various solvents prior to attaching the sensors using cyanoacrylate. This work proposes a novel approach employing common bonding procedures to enamel and dentin as used in restorative dentistry. Bovine ribs were obtained and osteotomies were created following clinical protocols for dental implant insertion. A unidirectional strain gauge was attached to the outer surface of the bone specimens using the steps of acid etching with phosphoric acid, application of a three-bottle dentin adhesive and light curing. Emerging strains were then captured during implant insertion as well as during static loading of the implants in a universal testing machine. The method described here allowed for the reliable fixation of strain gauges on unaltered bone surfaces. Both, compressive and tensile strains emerging in the surrounding of the dental implants could be captured.
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