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Volume 19 , Issue 2
March/April 1999

Pages 117-129

A Human Histologic Analysis of Osseotite and Machined Surfaces Using Implants with 2 Opposing Surfaces

Richard J. Lazzara, DMD, MScD/Tiziano Testori, MD, DDS/Paolo Trisi, DDS, PhD/Stephan S. Porter, DDS, MSD, MS/Roberto L. Weinstein, MD, DDS, PhD

PMID: 10635177
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0309

A human histologic study was conducted to compare the percentage of bone-to-implant contact (BIC) at 6 months for Osseotite and machined, commercially pure titanium implant surfaces. To eliminate potential influences caused by differences in bone density at different intraoral locations, 2 mm 3 5 mm, threaded, 2-surfaced titanium implants were manufactured; 1 side received the Osseotite surface modification and the opposite side maintained a machined surface. In each of 11 patients, 1 test implant was placed in the posterior maxilla (Types III and IV bone) during conventional dental implant surgery. Following 6 months of unloaded healing, the conventional implants were uncovered, and the test implants and surrounding hard tissue were removed. Histologic analysis indicated that at 6 months of unloaded healing, the mean BIC value for the Osseotite surfaces (72.96% 25.13%) was statistically significantly higher (P < 0.05) than the mean BIC value for the machined surfaces (33.98% 31.04%). When the BIC values for the machined and Osseotite surface pairs were ranked from high to low based on the machined BIC value range of 93% to 0%, the upper 50th percentile (20 surface pairs) mean BIC value was 86.1% 16.7% for the Osseotite surfaces and 60.1% 18.3% for the machined surfaces. The lower 50th percentile (19 surface pairs) mean BIC value was 59.1% 25.3% for the Osseotite surfaces and 6.5% 10.8% for the machined surfaces. Differences between mean BIC values for the 2 surfaces in both the upper and lower 50th percentiles were statistically significant (P < 0.05). The results of this study indicate that in the poorer quality bone typically found in the posterior maxilla, a statistically significantly higher percentage of bone contacts Osseotite surfaces when compared to opposing machined surfaces on the same implant.

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