One-year bacterial colonization patterns of Staphylococcus aureus and other bacteria at implants and adjacent teeth

Salvi, Giovanni E; Fürst, Mirjam M; Lang, Niklaus P; Persson, G Rutger (2008). One-year bacterial colonization patterns of Staphylococcus aureus and other bacteria at implants and adjacent teeth. Clinical oral implants research, 19(3), pp. 242-8. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/j.1600-0501.2007.01470.x

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AIMS: (i) To assess the pattern of early bacterial colonization on titanium oral implants after installation, at 12 weeks and at 12 months, (ii) to compare the microbiota at submucosal implant sites and adjacent subgingival tooth sites and (iii) to assess whether or not early colonization was predictive of 12-month colonization patterns. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Submucosal/subgingival plaque samples from 17 titanium oral implants and adjacent teeth were analyzed by checkerboard DNA-DNA hybridization 30 min, 12 weeks and 12 months after implant installation. RESULTS: At 12 months, none of the inserted implants had been lost or presented with signs of peri-implantitis. The distribution of sites at implants and teeth with bleeding on probing varied between 2% and 11%. Probing pocket depths < or =3 mm were found at 75% of implant sites. At 12 months, the sum of the bacterial counts of 40 species was statistically significantly higher at tooth compared with implant sites (mean difference: 34.4 x 10(5), 95% confidence interval -0.4 to 69.4, P<0.05). At 12 months, higher individual bacterial counts at tooth sites were found for 7/40 species compared with implant sites. Detection or lack of detection of Staphylococcus aureus at implant sites at 12 weeks resulted in the highest positive (e.g. 80%) and negative (e.g. 90%) predictive values, respectively. Between 12 weeks and 12 months, the prevalence of Tannerella forsythia increased statistically significantly at implant sites (P<0.05). Lack of detection of Porphyromonas gingivalis at 12 weeks yielded a negative predictive value of 93.1% of this microorganism being undetectable at implant sites at 12 months. CONCLUSIONS: Within the limits of this study, the findings showed (i) a few differences in the prevalence of bacterial species between implant and adjacent tooth sites at 12 months and (ii) high positive and negative predictive values for selected bacterial species.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Periodontology

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Salvi, Giovanni; Lang, Niklaus Peter and Persson, Gösta Rutger








Eveline Carmen Schuler

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04 Oct 2013 15:02

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25 Jan 2017 12:17

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