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Volume 31 , Issue 3
May/June 2016

Pages 676–686


Implant Stability Development of Photofunctionalized Implants Placed in Regular and Complex Cases: A Case-Control Study

Makoto Hirota, DDS, PhD/Tomomichi Ozawa, DDS, PhD/Toshinori Iwai, DDS/Takahiro Ogawa, DDS, PhD/Iwai Tohnai, DDS, PhD


PMID: 27183088
DOI: 10.11607/jomi.4115

Purpose: The objective of this study was to compare the rate of implant stability development of as-received and photofunctionalized dental implants in regular and complex cases. Materials and Methods: Forty-nine implants (24 as-received and 25 photofunctionalized) placed in regular or complex cases (simultaneous guided bone regeneration, sinus elevation, or fresh extraction sockets) were studied. Photofunctionalization was performed by ultraviolet (UV) treatment of implants for 15 minutes using a photo device immediately prior to placement, and the generation of superhydrophilicity was confirmed. Implant stability was evaluated by measuring the implant stability quotient (ISQ) at placement (ISQ1) and at stage-two surgery (ISQ2). The rate of implant stability development was evaluated by calculating the osseointegration speed index (OSI), defined as the ISQ increase per month ([ISQ2–ISQ1]/healing time in months). The percentage of innate bone support at placement was evaluated clinically and radiographically. Results: The average OSI was considerably greater for photofunctionalized implants (3.7 ± 2.9) than for as-received implants (0.0 ± 1.0). The OSI in complex cases was 4.2 ± 3.2 for photofunctionalized implants and 0.2 ± 0.9 for as-received implants. The OSI in cases with simultaneous sinus elevation was 5.5 ± 3.5 for photofunctionalized implants and 0.2 ± 1.1 for as-received implants. Photofunctionalized implants showed significantly higher ISQ2 values than as-received implants. Photofunctionalized implant ISQ2 values were greater than 60, regardless of primary stability and innate bone support at placement. In multivariate analysis including the effects of photofunctionalization, age and sex of patients, and diameter and length of implants, photofunctionalization showed the strongest influence on the OSI for both regular and complex cases, while other factors influenced the OSI only in certain conditions. Conclusion: Photofunctionalization accelerated the rate and enhanced the final level of implant stability development compared with as-received implants, particularly for implants placed into poor-quality bone and other complex cases. Photofunctionalization was a stronger determinant of implant stability than all the other tested implant- and host-related factors.


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