SILVIA IZABELLA POP, DANA CRISTINA BRATU, VIOLETA VALENTINA MERIE, MARIANA PACURAR, CATALIN PETRU SIMON, GEORGE POPA, RAZVAN TAS, ILDIKO KRISZTINA MARTHA EFFECT OF DIFFERENT CLEANING AND STERILIZATION METHODS ON THE SURFACE MORPHOLOGY OF MINI-IMPLANTS The objective of this study was to analyse morphological and surface topography variations of two types of mini-implants after using different chemical and physical cleaning methods and autoclaved sterilization. One hundred mini-implants from two different manufacturers were used in this study. The mini-implants from each manufacturer were divided in five groups, each consisting of ten samples: G0 new, unused, G1 ultrasonically cleaned, G2 chemically cleaned, G3 sandblasted, G4 cleaned with distilled water. SEM analyses of the mini-implants were performed. Only procedures used in samples from group G2 and G3 removed the tissue remains from the mini-implants surface.
Keywords: mini-implants, scanning electron microscopy, sterilization, morphology