LAURENTIU DRAGUS, ALBERTA SIMONA TINU, COSTIN COMAN, RALUCA MONICA COMANEANU, DOINA LUCIA GHERGIC PRELIMINARY STUDIES ON THE BIOMECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF METAL-CERAMIC RESTORATIONS In order to increase the patient’s quality of life, interdisciplinary studies on dental materials are becoming more and more frequent in an attempt to assess as accurately as possible the resistance of dental restorations over time. One of the methods of analysis of resistance to the masticatory forces of dental restorations is the finite element method (FEM). We studied a 3-element dental bridge made of a metallic Co-Cr-Mo alloy and dental ceramics, designed for the prosthesis of a tooth 3.6. On each element of the dental bridge we applied a force of 250 N in the direction Z and a force of 100 N in the Y direction. The most vulnerable areas, where the highest stresses occur, are located predominantly in the neck regions and around the points of contact between the elements of the dental bridge. However, the experimentally determined values have low intensities that would not endanger the resistance of the restoration unless it is overloaded.