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Electrochemical Behaviour and Galvanic Effects of Titanium Implants Coupled to Metallic Suprastructures in Artificial Saliva

Clínica Dental Martínez y Mellado, S.L. Private Practice, 46930 Valencia, Spain
Institute for Industrial, Radiophysical and Environmental Safety, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, P.O. Box 22012, 46071 Valencia, Spain
Prosthodontics and Occlusion Teaching Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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Materials 2018, 11(1), 171;
Received: 9 January 2018 / Revised: 9 January 2018 / Accepted: 17 January 2018 / Published: 22 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dental Implant Materials)
The aim of the present study is to analyze the electrochemical behavior of five different dental alloys: two cobalt-chromium alloys (CoCr and CoCr-c), one nickel-chromium-titanium alloy (NiCrTi), one gold-palladium alloy (Au), and one titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V), and the galvanic effect when they are coupled to titanium implants (TiG2). It was carried out by electrochemical techniques (open circuit measurements, potentiodynamic curves and Zero-Resistance Ammetry) in artificial saliva (AS), with and without fluorides in different acidic conditions. The studied alloys are spontaneously passivated, but NiCrTi alloy has a very narrow passive domain and losses its passivity in presence of fluorides, so is not considered as a good option for implant superstructures. Variations of pH from 6.5 to 3 in artificial saliva do not change the electrochemical behavior of Ti, Ti6Al4V, and CoCr alloys, and couples, but when the pH of the artificial saliva is below 3.5 and the fluoride content is 1000 ppm Ti and Ti6Al4V starts actively dissolving, and CoCr-c superstructures coupled to Ti show acceleration of corrosion due to galvanic effects. Thus, NiCrTi is not recommended for implant superstructures because of risk of Ni ion release to the body, and fluorides should be avoided in acidic media because Ti, Ti6Al4V, and CoCr-c superstructures show galvanic corrosion. The best combinations are Ti/Ti6Al4V and Ti/CoCr as alternative of noble gold alloys. View Full-Text
Keywords: galvanic corrosion; ion release; dental alloys; implant supraestructures galvanic corrosion; ion release; dental alloys; implant supraestructures
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Mellado-Valero, A.; Muñoz, A.I.; Pina, V.G.; Sola-Ruiz, M.F. Electrochemical Behaviour and Galvanic Effects of Titanium Implants Coupled to Metallic Suprastructures in Artificial Saliva. Materials 2018, 11, 171.

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