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Effectiveness of different devices for biofilm control used around dental implants

Compared to natural teeth, dental implants do not have an immune system. Consequently, biofilm formation can cause quick peri-implant inflammation. However, using the correct devices dentists can try to prevent this.

Every 12 hours occurs biofilm and plaque formation on all surfaces in the oral cavity. For oral bacteria it makes no difference on which type of surface they grow and build a biofilm, however, the rougher the surface the quicker and denser the plaque formation becomes. Bacteria also adhere to ceramic crowns, zirconium abutments, and titanium oxide of dental implants. According to the latest data, biofilm plays a major role in the development of peri-implant diseases. Peri‐implant diseases include peri‐implant mucositis, an inflammatory lesion of the peri‐implant mucosa; and peri‐implantitis, which also includes loss of supporting bone that can lead to implant failure if it is not treated. However, the prophylaxis of peri-implantitis is not so complicated if dental professionals understand the nature of biofilm, have the right tools and techniques and understand the essence of patient motivation. The main question this webinar tries to answer is how to effectively manage biofilm formation around dental implants using perfectly suited individual oral hygiene devices.

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