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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2 (1987), No. 4     1. Dec. 1987
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2 (1987), No. 4  (01.12.1987)

Page 197-202


Analysis of plasma flame-sprayed coatings on endosseous oral titanium implants exfoliated in man: Preliminary results
Lüthy, H. / Strub, J. R. / Schärer, P.
The plasma flame-sprayed coatings on seven ITI-Hollow Basket Implants (types E, F, and K) and eight IMZ-Implants (Cylinder and Cylinder Extension), exfoliated in man, were analyzed metallographically and compared with nonused implants of the same types. Two thirds of the retrieved implants showed a significant decrease of the coating thickness. There was no correlation between the coating thickness reduction and the intraoral functional time. The microhardness of the ITI-Hollow Basket Implant bodies was significantly higher than that of the IMZ-Implants.