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SEM surface analyses of 120 sterile-packed implants


EDI Journal 1/2015 contained an interim report presenting the results for 65 implant systems from the 2014/15 BDIZ EDI implant study. This interim report had focused on notable analytical results for titanium implants and on the presentation of various surface structures of popular implant systems in titanium and its alloys [1]. The present report now also presents implants made of zirconia, tantalum and PEEK. Now that this study has been completed, a total of 120 different systems from 83 suppliers in 16 countries have been examined by scanning electron microscopy, doubling the number of implant systems analyzed by the BDIZ EDI Quality and Research Committee since the first study in 2008 [2,3]. In cooperation with the University of Cologne, extensive material contrast images were obtained and qualitative and quantitative elemental analyses performed on each of the implants examined, using the same study protocol.

Dental implants are an integral part of the therapeutic armamentarium of contemporary dental practices. With their excellent success rates, they have become the globally established treatment alternative to purely prosthetic solutions for tooth loss. And with the variety of implant systems offered, it has become ever more difficult for the dentist to choose just the right system for his or her practice and patients. Specific surface topographies, material properties that promote osseointegration or surface treatments are often emphasized in advertising as significant advantages to distinguish a given system from its many competitors. According to the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI), more than 1,300 different implant systems are currently available worldwide. Northern Italy alone probably has a hundred micro-enterprises that manufacture implants, primarily for regional dentists.

But even though only a fraction, namely 120, of all the implant systems available in Europe could be included in this study, these represent the most important brands or major suppliers of implants.


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