Osseointegration of a Zirconia Implant: A Histologic Assessment
SourceInternational Journal of Prosthodontics, 30, 4, (2017), pp. 370-372
Article / Letter to editor
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
International Journal of Prosthodontics
SubjectRadboudumc 10: Reconstructive and regenerative medicine RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 10: Reconstructive and regenerative medicine RIMLS: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to describe the histologic and histomorphometric features of a retrieved, functional endosseous zirconia implant in a human subject. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A maxillary zirconia implant (ZV3) placed in a 52-year-old man was retrieved after 2 years of uncompromised service and prepared for light microscopic evaluation. RESULTS: Histologic examination demonstrated good osseointegration. Bone contact measurements revealed a mean percentage of bone-to-implant contact of 55.8% (SD 3.8%). CONCLUSION: The histologic data provide further evidence of the potential of zirconia implants to osseointegrate to a similar degree as titanium in humans.
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