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How Many Times Can a MultiPeg™ be Autoclaved?
How Many Times Can a MultiPeg™ be Autoclaved? The MulTipegsTM are made of titanium so that they can be sterilized and used multiple times. The manufacturer of MulTipegsTM claims that it could be autoclaved up to 20 times and reusable. The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effects of 50 times autoclaving on RFA measurements of MulTipegsTM. 12 implants were placed in a self-curing acrylic blocks. A total of 36 MulTipegsTM were used and grouped as group 1-control group, group 2-ultrasonic bath and autoclave, and group 3-chemical disinfection and autoclave. MulTipegsTM in each group underwent 50 consecutive autoclave and remounting processes. Between the autoclave processes the MulTipegsTM were mounted on implants with the recommended torque of 4–6 Ncm and ISQ measurements were performed and recorded. The ICC was used to assess the consistency of RFA measurements after 50 times autoclaving. For all groups the ICC values were above 0.7 and therefore the consistency of RFA measurements were considered as excellent. The reuses of Penguin MulTipegs™ after consecutive autoclave sterilization have no significant effects on the RFA measurements.