Researchers from Spain and Portugal conducted a pilot study to investigate the effects of implantoplasty on an implant’s fracture resistance.
Implantoplasty involves smoothening implant surfaces to remove contamination and it has been reported as a possible approach to treating peri-implantitis. It has shown favourable results in previous studies. The goal of this in vitro study was to determine if it interfered with fracture resistance. It also aimed to determine an appropriate sample size for a future study.
Three implants with implantoplasty were tested against three without. The implants all had healing abutments and were placed on a 30° metal support. Pressure was applied continuously until the first fracture was detected.
There was no significant difference it the fracture resistance between implants with and without implantoplasty. The authors recommend that future preclinical studies include a sample size of 13 implants per test group.
This study was presented as an e-poster at the 2017 EAO Congress.