BS-SEM evaluation of the tissular interactions between cortical bone and calcium-phosphate covered titanium implants


  • J Franch Laboratorio de Tejidos Calcificados, Unidad de Anatomía-Campus de Bellvitge, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
  • P. Carvalho Lobato Universitat de Barcelona
  • AM Belmonte Laboratorio de Tejidos Calcificados, Unidad de Anatomía-Campus de Bellvitge, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
  • J Tusell
  • B Franch
  • JM Fernandez
  • L Clèries
  • JL Morenza


The improvement of the reliability of the contact between the osseous tissues and the implant materials has been tested by recovering the metallic implants with ceramic materials, usually calcium phosphates. In our study, the calcium phosphate recovering layers were deposited by means of a pulsed-laser deposition technique. Our aim was to to evaluate the tissue interactions established between cortical bone and titanium implants covered by five different layers, ranging from amorphous calcium phosphate to crystalline hydroxyapatite, obtained by altering the parameters of the laser ablation process. The surgical protocol of the study consisted in the simultaneous implantation of the five types of implants in both the tibial dyaphisis of three Beagle dogs, sacrificed respectively one, two and three months after the last surgical procedures. After the sacrifice, the samples were submitted to a scheduled procedure of embedding in plastic polymers without prior decalcification, in order to perform the ultrastructural studies: scanning microscopy with secondary and backscattered electrons (BS-SEM). Our observations show that both in terms of the calcified tissues appearing as a response to the presence of the different coatings and of time of recovering, the implants coated with crystalline calcium phosphate layers by laser ablation present a better result than the amorphous-calcium-phosphate-coated implants. Moreover, the constant presence of chondroid tissue, related with the mechanical induction by forces applied on the recovering area, strongly suggests that the mechanisms implied in osteointegration are related to endomembranous, rather than endochondral ossification processes.






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