BACKGROUND: Resonance frequency (RF) analysis is frequently used to monitor implant stability in patients. The influence of transducer orientation on RF of implants placed in jawbone has not been evaluated. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate to what extent transducer orientation influences RF. The second aim was to evaluate if measurements taken with any particular orientation would best relate to marginal bone levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine patients edentulous in the upper jaw received 55 implants 3 years before this study. They underwent clinical and radiographic evaluation. Using Osstell (Integration Diagnostics AB, Göteborg, Sweden), four RF measurements were made for each implant. Measurements were obtained with the transducer cantilever placed buccally (B), distally (D), palatally (P), and mesially (M). RESULTS: All implants were clinically stable. Significant differences resulted between the measurements perpendicular to the bony crest (B, P) and the parallel ones (M, D). A tendency of negative correlation was found between marginal bone levels and implant stability quotient (ISQ) measurements; however, this correlation was not statistically significant. CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, when measuring the RF of dental implants using the Osstell, it has to be taken into account that the transducer orientation influences the measurement. It seems therefore advisable to standardize the orientation. Moreover, although there was a tendency, any statistical significant correlation between ISQ values and marginal bone levels could not be established.
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|Titolo:||Influence of transducer orientation on Osstell stability measurements of osseointegrated implants.|
|Rivista:||CLINICAL IMPLANT DENTISTRY AND RELATED RESEARCH|
|Citazione:||Veltri, M., Balleri, P., & Ferrari, M. (2007). Influence of transducer orientation on Osstell stability measurements of osseointegrated implants. CLINICAL IMPLANT DENTISTRY AND RELATED RESEARCH, 9(1), 60-64.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|