Biofilm formation on dental implant surface treated by implantoplasty: An in situ study

Francesco Azzola, Andrei Cristian Ionescu, Marco Ottobelli, Nicolò Cavalli, Eugenio Brambilla, Stefano Corbella, Luca Francetti

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Peri-implantitis is a biofilm-related disease whose characteristics are peri-implant tissues inflammation and bone resorption. Some clinical trials report beneficial effects after implantoplasty, namely the surgical smoothening of the implant surface, but there is a lack of data about the development of the bacterial biofilm on those smoothened surfaces. The aim of this study is to evaluate how implantoplasty influences biofilm formation. Three implants with moderately rough surfaces (control) and three implants treated with implantoplasty (test) were set on a tray reproducing the supra- and sub-gingival environment. One volunteer wore this tray for five days. Every 24 h, plaque coverage was measured and, at the end of the period of observartion, the implant surfaces were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy. The proportion of implant surface covered with plaque was 65% (SD = 7.07) of the control implants and 16% (SD = 0) of the test implants. Untreated surfaces showed mature, complex biofilm structures with wide morphological diversity, and treated surfaces did not show the formation of mature biofilm structures. This study supports the efficacy of implantoplasty in reducing plaque adhesion and influencing biofilm formation. These results can be considered a preliminary proof of concept, but they may encourage further studies about the effects of implantoplasty on biofilm formation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number40
JournalDentistry Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Biofilm
  • Confocal laser scanning microscopy
  • Implantoplasty
  • Peri-implantitis
  • Scanning electron microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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