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Volume 5 , Issue 4
Winter 1990

Pages 390-400

The Periotest Method as a Measure of Osseointegrated Oral Implant Stability

Jordi Olivé, MD, DDS/Carlos Aparicio, MD, DDS

PMID: 2094658

Oral implant stability is essential for optimal function. Results obtained from the Periotest measurement of the stability of 204 commercially pure titanium implants, consecutively placed in 22 maxillae and 24 mandibles according to the Brånemark procedure, are reported. Preliminary results suggest that the Periotest value of an oral implant is an objective and easily applied criterion for stability assessment. Since osseointegration is achieved gradually over time, this test may assist the clinician in deciding whether to extend the healing period before loading fixtures that seem clinically and radiologically integrated but give borderline Periotest values. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1990;5:390-400.)

Key words: clinical material, osseointegrated dental implants, Periotest, stability, tissue damping

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