Torque Loss After Miniscrew Placement: An In-Vitro Study Followed by a Clinical Trial

Marco Migliorati1, Sara Drago1, Fabrizio Barberis2, Irene Schiavetti3, Domenico Dalessandri4, *, Stefano Benedicenti5, Armando Silvestrini Biavati1
1 Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Genova, Viale Benedetto XV 6, 16132 Genova, Italy
2 Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (DICCA), University of Genova, Via Montallegro 1, 16145 Genova, Italy
3 Department of Health Sciences (DISSAL), University of Genova, Via Pastore 1, 16132 Genova, Italy
4 Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Brescia, Piazzale Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia, Italy
5 Department of Surgical and Diagnostic Integrated Sciences, University of Genova, Largo Benzi 8, 16132 Genova, Italy

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To evaluate torque loss a week after insertion, both in an in vivo and an in vitro experimental setup were designed. In the in vivo setup a total of 29 miniscrews were placed in 20 patients who underwent orthodontic treatment. Maximum insertion torque (MIT) was evaluated at insertion time (T1). A week later, insertion torque was measured again by applying a quarter turn (T2); no load was applied on the screw during the first week. In the in vitro setup a total of 20 miniscrews were placed in pig rib bone samples. MIT was evaluated at insertion time (T1). Bone samples were kept in saline solution and controlled environment for a week during which the solution was refreshed every day. Afterwards, torque was measured again by applying a quarter turn (T2). The comparison of MIT over time was done calculating the percentage difference of the torque values between pre- and post-treatment and using the parametric two independent samples t-test or the non-parametric Mann–Whitney test. After a week unloaded miniscrews showed a mean loss of rotational torque of 36.3% and 40.9% in in vitro and in in vivo conditions, respectively. No statistical differences were found between the two different setups. Torque loss was observed after the first week in both study models; in vitro experimental setup provided a reliable study model for studying torque variation during the first week after insertion.

Keywords: Anchorage, Anchorage, Bone implant contact, Bone relaxation, Implant design, Orthodontic mini-implant, Orthodontic miniscrews.