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Volume 28 , Issue 2
March/April 2008

Pages 145-151


Bone Contact Around Osseointegrated Implants: Histologic Analysis of a Dual–Acid-Etched Surface Implant in a Diabetic Patient

Calogero Bugea, DDS/Roberto Luongo, DDS/Donato Di Iorio, DDS/Roberto Cocchetto, MD, DDS/Renato Celletti, MD, DDS


PMID: 18546810
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0791

The clinical applicability and predictability of osseointegrated implants in healthy patients have been studied extensively. Although successful treatment of patients with medical conditions including diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease has been described, insufficient information is available to determine the effects of diabetes on the process of osseointegration. An implant placed and intended to support an overdenture in a 65-year-old diabetic woman was prosthetically unfavorable and was retrieved after 2 months. It was then analyzed histologically. No symptoms of implant failure were detected, and histomorphometric evaluation showed the bone-to-implant contact percentage to be 80%. Osseointegration can be obtained when implants with a dual–acid-etched surface are placed in properly selected diabetic patients. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2008;28:145–151.)


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