Simulated implant surgery in rabbit long bones: a descriptive study.

Gregory R Parr, D. E. Steflik, A. L. Sisk, F. T. Lake, L. K. Gardner, R. A. Sanchez

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The objectives of this study were: (a) to observe and describe the variability of bone healing in implant receptor sites which were prepared in rabbit femurs by use of different surgical methods; and (b) to determine if the animal model which was used was suitable for the detection of differences in healing reactions in implant receptor sites which were prepared by different surgical methods. Three 3-mm-wide implant receptor sites were prepared in the right and left femurs of four large New Zealand white rabbits. The surgical parameters used in preparation of the different sites included: low speed with no irrigation (LSO); low speed with internal irrigation only (LSI); low speed with external irrigation only (LSE); high speed with no irrigation (HSO); or high speed with external irrigation only (HSE). The sites were randomized so that each animal had one of each type of site in either the right or left femur. A non-treated control site was located in each animal for comparison with experimental sites. The animals were killed at 7, 14, 21, and 28 days post-operatively. The resultant samples were fixed, embedded, sectioned, and stained with basic fuchsin and toluidine blue. The results indicated that this was probably not a suitable animal model, since no discernible differences were detected in the various healed sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-378
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of oral implantology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery


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