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The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement

Formerly World Journal of Orthodontics

Edited by
Rafi Romano, DMD, MSc (Editor-in-Chief)

ISSN 2160-2999 (print) / ISSN 2160-3006 (online)

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Fall 2009
Volume 10 , Issue 3

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A Pilot Study Of The Osseointegration Potential Of A Surface-Treated Mini-Implant: Bone Contact Of Implants Retrieved From Patients

Woonkyung Seo/ Seong-Hun Kim /Kyu-Rhim Chung/ Gerald Nelson

Pages: 202210
PMID: 19885421

Aims: To evaluate the osseointegration potential of surface-treated mini-implants retrieved from patients by examining bone-to-implant contact (BIC). Material and Methods: Five implants from four patients were inspected. The average patient age was 38.1 years, and the average treatment duration 11.4 months. The mini-implants were removed with a trephine bur under saline irrigation. After histologic preparation, the BIC was measured. Results: Under 3003 magnification, an active adherence of bone cells to the treated surface was seen. The mean BIC was 52.6%. Conclusion: This pilot study confirms the osseointegration potential of a surface-treated mini-implant. World J Orthod 2009;10:202210.

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