There is a direct correlation between the increased use of dental implants and peri-implantitis.
Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory process in tissues around dental implants, gradually leading to loss of supporting bone. The biofilm, which is predominantly made up with gram-negative bacteria and anaerobes, is highly associated with this condition.
In this in vitro study, Dr. Paweł Kubasiewicz-Ross and colleagues evaluated different methods of bacterial biofilm decontamination of dental implants with various types of surfaces.
The result: The Er: YAG laser irradiation promoted the highest implant decontamination for all different implants – machined-surface implant, SLA implant, and HA-coated implant.
Er: YAG laser irradiation was also the only approach capable to achieve up to 90% decontamination on HA-implant coated – The most difficult type of implant surface to decontaminate.
The conclusion: The LiteTouch™ Er: YAG laser was the superior method in decontaminating the different types of implant surfaces.
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