Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 26 (2011), No. 6 15. Dec. 2011
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to exploit potential methods of surface modification for improving the seal between the neck portion of a dental implant and the surrounding soft tissue.
Materials and Methods: Titanium surfaces were modified by machining (SM-Ti group); machining and acid etching (AE-Ti group); or machining, acid etching, and depositing 4.5 collagen/hyaluronic acid (col/HA) polyelectrolyte bilayers (CHC-Ti group). These were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, scanning force microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, contact angle measurement, and quartz crystal microbalance measurement. The degradation behavior of the col/HA multilayer coating was measured. Next, human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) were cultured on the different surfaces, and cell morphology and spreading were observed using fluorescence microscopy and a shape factor measurement. Cell proliferation was examined by fluorometric quantification of the amount of cellular DNA. Matrix formation of HGFs was determined via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Gene expression was analyzed via reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction.
Results: Similar surface topology for these three groups was observable on a microscopic scale, and morphologic differences were apparent on the nanoscale. Both acid etching and col/HA deposition improved the hydrophilicity of the titanium surface, in contrast to machining alone. Each col/HA bilayer was about 5 nm thick. The col/HA coating degraded in about a week. Attachment and spreading of HGFs was better on the CHC-Ti surface than on the SM-Ti or AE-Ti surfaces. Moreover, the proliferation and differentiation of HGFs were greatly stimulated when cultured on CHC-Ti.
Conclusion: In contrast to two control surfaces (one machined, one machined and acid-etched), col/HA treatment of Ti improved the attachment, spreading, proliferation, and differentiation of HGFs.
Keywords: coating, dental implant, implant neck, soft tissue integration, surface properties