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Schaan, Liechtenstein – 3 March 2016

Study: Intensive oral care with Cervitec Gel improves the clinical treatment results of peri-implant mucositis.

Personal oral health care plays an important part in the long-term maintenance of implant-retained restorations. These measures are of particular importance in situations where mucositis has already developed, in other words, if the peri-implant soft tissue is inflamed. A successful treatment strategy for this type of case has been devised in the course of a clinical study conducted in Sweden.

Thirty-eight people participated in the double blind study of Hallström et al. (2015). Their average age was 69 years. All the subjects showed peri-implant mucositis around at least one implant. After the initial examination, the patients were instruced in oral hygiene maintenance. In addition, any plaque and tartar was mechanically removed from their teeth by a dental professional. Then, the participants were allocated to either the test or the control group. Over a period of 12 weeks, the members of the test group brushed their teeth with Cervitec Gel instead of toothpaste in the evening. This gel contains 0.2% chlorhexidine and 900ppm fluoride. In contrast, the control group used a placebo gel containing 900ppm fluoride, but no chlorhexidine.

Reduction in the bleeding on probing
The additional use of the oral care gel had a statistically significant effect on the reduction of the bleeding on probing (BOP) compared with the placebo gel. Moreover, the local plaque index in the test group improved and the periodontal pocket depth decreased.

High level of compliance
Throughout the study period, no staining of the teeth or disgeusia was observed or reported. The participants showed a high level of compliance for using the mild-tasting gel.

Cervitec® is a registered trademark of Ivoclar Vivadent AG.

Literature: Hallström H, Lindgren S, Twetman S: Effect of a chlorhexidine-containing brush-on gel on peri-implant mucositis. Int J Dent Hyg 2015; doi: 10.1111/idh.12184