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Volume 20, Number 3, September 2008

Titanium Implant in a Vascularised Scapular Bone Graft after a 6-year Loading Period

Hideharu Hibi,1 Minoru Ueda,1 Shuhei Torii2
Departments of 1Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and 2Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan

Abstract
This report assessed the interface of a titanium implant retrieved from a vascularised scapular bone graft after a 6-year loading period. Lamellar mature bone surrounded most of the implant threads, except for the cervical region, and entered into the transversal hole in the apex. The amounts of bone-implant contact and the bone area within the threads were 79.3% and 82.6%, respectively. The resultant observation indicated that there was sufficient osseointegration of the implant in the vascularised scapular bone graft.

Key words: Bone transplantation, Internal fixators, Osseointegration, Scapula, Titanium

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008;20:148-151.
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