Osseointegration of Superhydrophilic Implants Placed in Defect Grafted Bones

Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2019 March/April;34(2):443–450. doi: 10.11607/jomi.7172. Epub 2019 Jan 31.


Purpose: Only limited information on the effect of implant surface hydrophilicity in conjunction with simultaneous bone augmentation is available. In this study, new bone growth around implants with a superhydrophilic modSLA (SLActive) and hydrophobic SLA (SLA) surface were compared in circumferential defects when grafted in conjunction with mineralized cancellous bone allograft (MCBA, maxgraft) or sintered bovine bone mineral (SBBM, cerabone).

Materials and methods: The osseointegration and bone formation in circumferential defects in minipig mandibles around Straumann Roxolid, Ø 3.3 mm, length 8 mm; either SLA or SLActive, were evaluated. Following implant placement, the 2-mm circumferential defects around the implants were filled with MCBA or SBBM. Distance from implant shoulder to first bone-to-implant contact (f-BIC), percentage of bone-to-implant contact (BIC), and bone aggregate percentage (amount of new bone and remaining graft) within the defect area were evaluated after 8 weeks of healing.

Results: In the SBBM group, lingual fBIC and buccal BIC were significantly lower for SLA (mean -0.404 ± 0.579 mm for modSLA versus -1.191 ± 0.814 mm for SLA, P = .021 and mean 62.61% ± 9.49% for modSLA versus 34.67% ± 24.41% for SLA, P = .047, respectively). Bone aggregate percentage was significantly higher for modSLA versus SLA implants in SBBM (77.84% ± 6.93% versus 64.49% ± 13.12%; P = .045). The differences between implant surfaces in MCBA showed a similar trend but were less pronounced than in the SBBM group and did not reach a statistically significant level.

Conclusion: The results suggest that implants with a superhydrophilic modSLA surface are more conducive to faster osseointegration even in conjunction with simultaneous bone grafting procedures.

MeSH terms

  • Alveolar Ridge Augmentation / methods*
  • Animals
  • Bone Transplantation / methods*
  • Dental Implantation, Endosseous / methods*
  • Dental Implants*
  • Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions
  • Hydroxyapatites
  • Mandible / surgery
  • Osseointegration / physiology*
  • Surface Properties
  • Swine
  • Titanium / chemistry


  • Dental Implants
  • Hydroxyapatites
  • cerabone
  • Titanium