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Volume 14 , Issue 5
September/October 1999

Pages 729735

Histomorphometric Analysis of a Half Hydroxyapatite-Coated Implant in Humans: A Pilot Study

Francesco Iamoni, MD, DDS, PhD, Giulio Rasperini, DDS, Paolo Trisi, DDS, PhD, Massimo Simion, MD, DDS

PMID: 10531745

The aim of this study was to compare the characteristics of the bone-to-implant interface of hydroxyapatite-coated and non-coated commercially pure titanium threaded implants after different periods of healing in humans. To eliminate possible variations of the results from differences in bone quality and in surgical techniques used in the different test and control sites, only one half of each implant was coated with hydroxyapatite. The coated portions of the implants showed a tendency toward a higher percentage of direct bone-to-implant contact at each period of healing that was observed, although the small number of specimens does not allow definitive conclusions to be made. (Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 1999;14:729735) Key words: hydroxyapatite, osseointegration

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