A New Option for Implant Maintenance

home care rdh tips Sep 14, 2020

Biofilm management is critical to keeping implants healthy and disease free. Peri-implant issues such as peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis reduce implant success. Whether position or design the use of dental floss may or may not be effective to properly remove dental biofilm.  Patients home care routines and techniques are often a challenge for them and for us as clinicians. A long-standing device that has been tested and found safe to use around implants is the Waterpik Water Flosser.

An independent study by Tufts University School of Dental Medicine found that using a Waterpik, specifically the Plaque Seeker TM  tip was more effective for gingival bleeding reduction than brushing and flossing alone. More than 2 times as effective.1  Research indicates that the Water Flosser can disrupt periodontal pathogens up to 6mm and concludes that the Water Flosser does not push bacteria into the pocket, increase probing depth or traumatize soft tissue.2,3  The Plaque Seeker tip features three thin tufts of bristles to help access and remove biofilm. Patients should always begin using a water flosser at a low setting increasing to a medium high of 7 to be most effective.

The New Development

Waterpik has introduced a new tool specifically for cleaning implant retained prosthesis. The Implant Denture Tip are a must for the patients with fixed implant bridges and overdentures. Everyone's prosthesis is custom fit to their mouths, some having a shallow height from the base to the margin and some broader. The unique design can be used lingually with ease and comfort in those hard to access areas. Using both this tip and the Plaque SeekerTM can be effective in biofilm management for the implant patient.

Lunch and Learn opportunities:  https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/lunch-learn/

1. Magnuson B, Harsono M, Stark PC, Lyle D, Kugel G, Perry R. Comparison of the effect of two interdental cleaning devices around implants on the reduction of bleeding: A 30-day randomized clinical trial. Compend Contin EducDent. 2013;34(Spec. No. 8):2-7.

2. Gorur A, Lyle DM, Schaudinn C, Costerton JW. Biofilm removal with a dental water jet. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2009;30(Spec. No. 1):1-6.

3. Cobb CM, Rodgers RL, Killoy WJ. Ultrastructural examination of human periodontal pockets following the use of an oral irrigation device in vivo. J Periodontol. 1988;59(3):155-163.