Characteristics and osteoblast cell responses of the anodized titanium and sandblasted and acid-etched titanium surfaces

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Kamonmard Moungthong
Wareeratn Chengprapakorn


Objectives: The purpose of this article was to study the topographic properties and cellular responses of the anodized titanium surface and sandblasted and acid-etched surface.

Material and Methods: Nine titanium discs were fabricated and treated with 3 types of titanium surface treatment (3-machined surface, 3-sandblasted and acid-etched surface, and 3-anodized surface). Each titanium surface was tested with profilometer to measure the surface roughness and captured 3D profile images. MC3T3-E1 cells were seeded onto titanium disc to test the cell viability. Cells were seeded on each surface treatment at 4 hours and 6 hours, fixed with glutaraldehyde solution, dehydrated, and then gold coated to study surface morphology with scanning electron microscope image.

Results: The anodized titanium surface and sandblasted and acid-etched surface exhibited more favorable topographical characteristics compared to the machined surface (control group), with an average roughness of 1.34, and 1.05 μm respectively. The spreading of osteoblast-like cells on the anodized titanium surface was similar to the sandblasted and acid-etched surfaces. While the spreading of osteoblast-like cells on the anodized titanium surface was observed more cytoplasmic projections and cell size than the cell observed in the machined surface. Cellular viability showed a statistically significant difference between the anodized and machined surface (p<0.05). No statistically significant difference was found between the anodized and sandblasted
and acid-etched surface (p<0.05).

Conclusions: The topography and the spreading of osteoblast-like cells on the anodized titanium surface exhibit statistically significant differences compared to the machined surface. However, there is no statistically significant difference in the spreading of osteoblast-like cells between the anodized titanium surface and the sandblasted and acid-etched surface.


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Moungthong K, Chengprapakorn W. Characteristics and osteoblast cell responses of the anodized titanium and sandblasted and acid-etched titanium surfaces. M Dent J [Internet]. 2023 Oct. 19 [cited 2023 Dec. 4];43(suppl):S19-S26. Available from:
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