Influence of surface characteristics on survival rates of mini-implants

Academic Article


  • Objective: To compare the clinical performance and the survival rate of two mini-implant systems with different surface characteristics under immediate orthodontic loading. Materials and Methods: Seventeen machined titanium (MT) mini-implants and 15 sandblasted, large grit, acid-etched (SLA) mini-implants were placed in 10 patients. The mini-implants were immediately loaded and the patients seen at 7, 14, 30, 60, and 150 days. Clinical parameters such as anatomical location, character of the soft tissue at the screw head emergence, type of mini-implant system, diameter, and length were analyzed. In addition, the insertion torque recorded at the time of insertion was also assessed. Survival rate and clinical parameters were evaluated by the chi-square exact tests using the SAS version 9.1. Results: The overall survival rate was 87.5%. Over the four failing mini-implants, three were MT and one SLA resulting in an individual survival rate of 82.4% and 93.4%, respectively. In the failure group, all the fixtures had their screw emergence at the oral mucosa and recorded a torque range of less than 15 Ncm. The insertion torque statistically influenced the survival rate of the mini-implants (P < .05). Surface treatment, anatomical location, as well as soft tissue emergence were not statistically significant. Conclusion: Surface characteristics did not appear to influence survival rates of immediately loaded mini-implants. © 2008 by The EH Angle Education and Research Foundation, Inc.
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  • Angle Orthodontist  Journal
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    Author List

  • Chaddad K; Ferreira AFH; Geurs N; Reddy MS
  • Start Page

  • 107
  • End Page

  • 113
  • Volume

  • 78
  • Issue

  • 1