INTRODUCTION: Etching is currently the most popular method used to texture the surface of dental implants. Sandblasting prior to etching (SLA) is the only method to achieve a macro- and micro-surface texture with a Sa in the 1-2 μm range, a ‘moderately rough’ surface considered to be an optimized surface. However, SLA surfaces harbor remnant particles from the sandblasting process [l]. Some manufacturers consider the residual alumina particles as a foreign material worth getting rid of. Subsequently, they forgo an optimized moderately rough surface and stick to a ‘minimally rough’ micro-roughened surface displaying a Sa < 1 μm [l]. It has been recently claimed  that acid etching is typically not an appropriate treatment for α-β alloys because its biphasic nature leads to an enrichment of the Vanadium-rich β-phase on the surface. The aim of the present paper is to show that it is feasible to achieve an optimized ‘moderately rough’ macro- and micro-textured surface on titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) through etching only, without any prior sandblasting and to characterize the resulting surface.
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|Titolo:||Achieving macro- and micro-roughness on Ti alloy by etching without prior sandblasting: a surface characterization|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Tipologia:||1.5 Abstract in rivista|