Early Bacterial Colonization of Titanium Oral Implant: The Effect of Wettability and Surface Roughness
It has been found that titanium, with a high degree of polishing and low wettability, is able to quickly hamper bacterial colonization, probably because the titanium surface does not allow bacteria to establish a permanent link. This effect disappears if roughness and wettability increase. The titanium surface characteristics also seem to select the morphotypes. In the smoother group the morphotypes are limited to the cocci group. The frequency of short-rods and long-rods increase with roughness and wettability. This result is remarkable because the cocci morphotype is typically related to healthy bone and soft tissue around oral implants. This work is a preliminary in the study of surface treatments able to reduce bacterial adherence on titanium dental implants.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 5th World Biomaterials Congress, Toronto (CA), May 29 - June 2, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39717 ORA
Record Number: 199610632 / Last updated on: 1996-05-27
Original language: en
Available languages: en