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

Richard J. Lazzara, Tiziano Testori, Paolo Trisi, Stephan S. Porter, Roberto L. Weinstein

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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 × 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-129
Number of pages13
JournalThe International journal of periodontics & restorative dentistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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