Two-dimensional real-time blood flow and temperature of soft tissue around maxillary anterior implants

Tetsuji Nakamoto, Masato Kanao, Yusuke Kondo, Norihiro Kajiwara, Chihiro Masaki, Tetsu Takahashi, Ryuji Hosokawa

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PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to (1) evaluate the basic nature of soft tissue surrounding maxillary anterior implants by simultaneous measurements of blood flow and surface temperature and (2) analyze differences with and without bone grafting associated with implant placement to try to detect the signs of surface morphology change. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty maxillary anterior implant patients, 10 bone grafting and 10 graftless, were involved in this clinical trial. Soft tissue around the implant was evaluated with 2-dimensional laser speckle imaging and a thermograph. RESULTS: Blood flow was significantly lower in attached gingiva surrounding implants in graftless patients (P = 0.0468). On the other hand, it was significantly lower in dental papillae (P = 0.0254), free gingiva (P = 0.0198), and attached gingiva (P = 0.00805) in bone graft patients. Temperature was significantly higher in free gingiva (P = 0.00819) and attached gingiva (P = 0.00593) in graftless patients, whereas it was significantly higher in dental papilla and free gingiva in implants with bone grafting. CONCLUSION: The results suggest that simultaneous measurements of soft-tissue blood flow and temperature is a useful technique to evaluate the microcirculation of soft tissue surrounding implants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-527
Number of pages6
JournalImplant Dentistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec


  • blood flow
  • bone grafting
  • laser speckle imaging
  • thermograph

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery


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