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Volume 28 , Issue 2
March/April 2008

Pages 111-121

Human Histologic Evidence of a Connective Tissue Attachment to a Dental Implant

Myron Nevins, DDS/Marc L. Nevins, DMD, MMSc/Marcelo Camelo, DDS/Janie Lee Boyesen, DDS, DMSc/David M. Kim, DDS, DMSc

PMID: 18546807
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0793

This human proof-of-principle study was designed to investigate the possibility of achieving a physical connective tissue attachment to the Laser-Lok microchannel collar of a dental implant. Its 2-mm collar has been micromachined to encourage bone and connective tissue attachment while preventing apical migration of the epithelium. Implants were harvested with the surrounding implant soft and hard tissues after 6 months. The histologic investigation was conducted with light microscopy, polarized light, and scanning electron microscopy. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2008;28:111121.)

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