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Clinical Study Title

A molecular and cellular comparison of bone inductive properties of trabecular metalĀ® vs. titanium among Healthy, diabetic and osteopenic subjects

Description/Purpose of the Study

Certain environmental and systemic conditions affect wound healing after dental implant surgery. After your body undergoes a surgery, a series of events is triggered to promote wound healing. Human studies have demonstrated that for the same type and extent of wound, some people can heal faster and have fewer complications. The purpose of this research study is to investigate whether genetic changes will show advantageous wound healing differences between two different metals (Trabecular vs. Titanium), traditionally used for implants. In addition, we are interested in determining whether these genetic expressions will show which of these two metals promotes healing best when used in patients that have diabetes or osteoporosis.

IRB Study #: 11-2539
Principal Investigator: Steven Offenbacher, DDS, PhD, MMSc
UNC Department: Periodontology


Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible to participate if you are:

Exclusion Criteria

You should not be in this study if you:

Contact Information

If you are interested in seeing if you qualify for this Clinical Study, please send an email to
or call 919-537-3424.

Name: S.T. Phillips
Phone: 919-537-3424