Mechanical attachment of soft tissue to dental and maxillofacial implants with mesh structures: An experiment in percutaneous model

Seiji Asoda, Takayuki Arita, Kazuo Takakuda

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Abstract

Soft tissue attachment is a major concern for the improved design of dental and maxillofacial implants. This study evaluated the efficacy of mesh structures for soft tissue attachment in a rat percutaneous model. Four kinds of implant specimens were prepared-TI implants made of titanium cylinders, HA implants of hydroxyapatite-coated titanium, TI-Mesh implants with a titanium mesh covering a groove machined around a titanium cylinder, and similar HA-Mesh implants with a hydroxyapatite-coated mesh. These specimens were implanted percutaneously into the skin tissue of rats. The detachments of the implants were examined during the experimental period of 4 weeks. Survived implants were subjected to mechanical tests for the attachment strength and histological examinations. TI and HA implants demonstrated 0% of survival rates, while TI-Mesh and HA-Mesh showed significantly higher rates of 93.3% and 100% respectively. The attachment strengths were 159 ± 47 kPa in the TI-Mesh and 135 ± 16 kPa in the HA-Mesh. Histological observations revealed that collagen fibers originating from surrounding subcutaneous tissues were anchored to the mesh structures of the TI- and HA-Mesh implants. The results demonstrated the efficacy of the mesh structures for the attachment of soft connective tissues to implants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-559
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials
Volume101
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 1

Keywords

  • Dental implant
  • Implant interface
  • Maxillofacial implant
  • Mechanical attachment
  • Mesh structure
  • Soft tissue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering

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