Indexed on: 15 Jun '07Published on: 15 Jun '07Published in: Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the push-out load-bearing capacity of threaded fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) devices for use as bone-anchored devices. The purpose was also to evaluate the possibility to use bioactive glass (BAG) granules on the experimental FRC devices in terms the mechanical behavior. Three experimental FRC devices (n = 15) were fabricated for the study: (a) threaded device with smooth surface; (b) threaded device with BAG granules (S53P4, Vivoxid Ltd, Turku, Finland) and supplementary retention grooves, and (c) unthreaded device with BAG granules. Threaded titanium devices were used as controls. The FRC devices were prepared from a light-polymerized dimethacrylate resin reinforced with preimpregnated unidirectional and bidirectional E-glass fibers (EverStick, StickTech Ltd, Turku, Finland). Experimental and control devices were embedded into dental plaster to simulate bone before the mechanical push-out test was carried out. ANOVA and Weibull analysis were used for the statistical evaluation. Threaded FRC devices had significantly higher push-out strength than the threaded titanium device (p < .001). The push-out forces exceeding 2,500 N were measured for threaded FRC devices with supplementary grooves and BAG coating. No thread failures were observed in any FRC devices. The unthreaded FRC devices with BAG lost 70% of glass particles during the test, while no BAG particles were lost from threaded FRC devices. It can be concluded that threaded FRC devices can withstand high push-out forces in the dental plaster without a risk of thread failure under physiological load.