Edition V07N04 | Year 2013 | Editorial Caso Clínico | Pages 46 to 51
Introduction: The superiority of rough-surface implants over machined ones seems to be consensual today. Different surface treatment methods have been developed to improve potential tissue response. This study critically reviewed the information that some Brazilian companies provide to dentists about the characteristics of surface treatment, methods as well as the recommended loading time, and analyzed whether these important data are based on scientific findings.
Methods: Six Brazilian companies, Conexão®, Kopp®, Neodent®, P-I Branemark®, S.I.N® and Titaniumfix® received a questionnaire about their products and respective surface treatment, recommended loading time and scientific evidence.
Results: Different treatment methods were reported: acid etching, abrasion followed by acid etching, and plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII). According to the information provided, loading time ranged from 1 to 6 months.
Conclusions: Although some companies conduct scientific studies to evaluate their implants, this study found that there was no scientific evidence to support the recommended loading times and that the information provided was not accurate.