John Davies, BDS, PhD, DSc
It has long been established that implant surface topography has a profound effect on peri-implant healing and can, specifically, result in contact osteogenesis. However, our most recent work has illustrated that implant surfaces also change the spatio-temporal pattern of angiogenesis, or blood vessel formation, an essential prerequisite to osseogenesis. This discussion will focus on the mechanisms by which this may occur, and the implications for other bony healing challenges in dentistry.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) identify the most important phenomea in early peri-implant endosseous healing; 2) list the basic mechanisms by which implant surface topography orchestrates peri-implant healing; and 3) explain the role of angiogenesis in peri-implant healing.