Surface analytical studies of maxillofacial implants: Influence of the preoperational treatment and the human body on the surface properties of retrieved implants

Gábor Kiss, Béla Sebok, Péter J. Szabó, Árpád F. Joób, György Szabó

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In the present work, surface analytical investigation of unimplanted as well as retrieved pyrolytic carbon-covered carbon/carbon composite implants and Ti osteosynthesis plates is reported. The Ti plates were covered by a 200-nm-thick, anodically and thermally formed TiO2 layer. Our results suggest that although the oxide layer on the Ti miniplates remained stable during the time spent in the human body, there is still material transport between the implant and the human body. In case of the carbon/carbon composite implants, damage of the carbon fibers constituting the material was found on one side of the sterile implant and attributed to the manufacturing process. The NaCl crystals originally present on the surface of the sterile material disappeared during the time spent in the human body. As a result of the interaction with the human body, a new surface layer (mainly constituted of carbon) appeared on the implant. The results indicate that both the time spent in the human organism and the preparation of the implants before operation can have detectable effects on the investigated surface properties. Surface analytical investigations could therefore provide information not only about the biocompatibility of these materials but also about the effect of their treatment before operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1062-1067
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2014



  • C/C composite
  • Implant interface
  • SEM techniques
  • Surface analysis
  • Ti

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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