This study compared peak insertion torque values of six commercially available self-drilling mini-implants [Mini Spider® screw (1.5 × 8 mm), Infinitas® (1.5 × 9 mm), Vector TAS® (1.4 × 8 mm), Dual Top® (1.6 × 8 mm), Tomas Pin® (1.6 × 8 mm), and Ortho-Easy® (1.7 × 6, 8, and 10 mm)]. Twenty implants each were drilled into acrylic rods at a speed of 8 rpm using a motorized torque measurement stand, and the values were recorded in Newton centimetres (Ncm). A further 20 Ortho-Easy® implants with a length of 6 and 10 mm were tested at 8 rpm; 20 implants of 6 mm length were also tested at 4 rpm. Kaplan–Meier estimates of the peak torque values were compared using the log-rank test with multiple comparisons evaluated by Sidak’s test.
There were significant differences in the maximum torque values for different mini-implants with the same length. The Mini Spider® screw and Infinitas® showed the lowest average torque values (6.5 and 12.4 Ncm) compared with Vector TAS®, Dual ToP®, Tomas Pin®, and Ortho-Easy® (30.9, 29.4, 25.4, and 24.8 Ncm, respectively). There was no correlation between the diameter of the implants and torque values. The Tomas Pin® showed the largest standard deviation (7.7 Ncm) and the Dual Top® implant the smallest (0.6 Ncm). Different insertion speeds did not result in significant differences in peak torque values but the 6 mm mini-implants showed significantly higher torque values than the 8 and 10 mm implants. Using a ‘torque limiting’ screwdriver or pre-drilling cortical bone to reduce insertion, torque appears justified for some of the tested implants.