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Effect of Different Surface Treatments on Titanium Dental Implant Micro-Morphology

Department of Neurosciences, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II”, Via Pansini 5, 80131 Naples, Italy
Department of Chemical, Materials and Industrial Production Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II”, P.le Tecchio 80, 80125 Napoli, Italy
Department of Biology and Biotechnology “L. Spallanzani”, University of Pavia, Via Ferrata 1, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Institute of Dentistry, I. M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, 119146 Moscow, Russia
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Materials 2019, 12(5), 733;
Received: 7 February 2019 / Revised: 27 February 2019 / Accepted: 1 March 2019 / Published: 4 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current and Future Trends in Dental Materials)
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Background: Titanium dental implants are today widely used with osseointegration mainly dependently on the implant surface properties. Different processing routes lead to different surface characteristics resulting, of course, in different in situ behaviors of the implants. Materials: The effect of different treatments, whether mechanical or chemical, on the surface morphology of titanium implants were investigated. To this aim, various experimental methods, including roughness analysis as well scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations, were applied. Results: The results showed that, in contrast to the mechanical treatments, the chemical ones gave rise to a more irregular surface. SEM observations suggested that where commercial pure titanium was used, the chemical treatments provided implant surfaces without contaminations. In contrast, sandblasted implants could cause potential risks of surface contamination because of the presence of blasting particles remnants. Conclusions: The examined implant surfaces showed different roughness levels in relation to the superficial treatment applied. The acid-etched surfaces were characterized by the presence of deeper valleys and higher peaks than the sandblasted surfaces. For this reason, acid-etched surfaces can be more easily damaged by the stress produced by the peri-implant bone during surgical implant placement. View Full-Text
Keywords: dental implant; titanium; Ti6Al4V; surface morphology; treatments dental implant; titanium; Ti6Al4V; surface morphology; treatments

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Marenzi, G.; Impero, F.; Scherillo, F.; Sammartino, J.C.; Squillace, A.; Spagnuolo, G. Effect of Different Surface Treatments on Titanium Dental Implant Micro-Morphology. Materials 2019, 12, 733.

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