Implant care must be tailored to the individual patient
Kriens, August 2014 – In an interview, Kirsten Warrer tells us what is so special about the new Curaprox implant care product and what to pay attention to when teaching implant care. Ms Warrer, DDS, Ph.D., is a specialist in periodontology and an international lecturer.
Prof. Warrer, Curaprox has brought out a new type of dental floss called Implant-Saver. Do implants need special care?
Of course they do, implants are in a microbial environment. Oral cavity bacteria adhere to the interdental spaces, the sulcus is damaged, the periodontal ligament is missing. Special care is definitely needed.
What is so special about the Implant-Saver?
It has two special features: elasticity and volume. In its relaxed state, dental floss is very voluminous and that is why you can clean so well with it around the implants as well as in the indentations.
How is the product used?
There are two ways of using it. Firstly, the Implant-Saver can simply be threaded into the interdental space using its special ends. Secondly, the Implant-Saver can also be used like normal dental floss by pressing over the point of contact.
But isn’t Implant-Saver much too voluminous for that?
That is precisely what is so astonishing about this product – despite its volume, the Implant-Saver can be stretched so much that it goes over the point of contact; maybe not quite as well as with normal dental floss, but almost.
How do you recommend using it?
Threading-in is the safest method, but that’s only possible for nimble-fingered people and then probably only around the front teeth. However, only the threading-in method will work for bridges and that works very well thanks to the threader at both ends. To guide the Implant-Saver over the point of contact, you tension it and press it through carefully.
And how do you clean with it?
Since the Implant-Saver cleans best when it generates as much volume as possible, you tension it slightly, release it again and so on. This alternating tensioning and releasing results in cleaning movements.
Who do you recommend this product for?
Anyone who has an implant or bridge. However, this must be tried out individually at the dentist’s, otherwise people can use interdental brushes.
What is the ideal implant care?
Care that is individually tailored to the patient. As a dentist, you have to find out what best suits the patient. You look at the anatomical situation and the patient’s dexterity or ability. Then you decide whether dental floss is right and which sort or whether interdental brushes are preferable and which ones.
Are there no instructions that apply for all patients?
If all patients are given exactly the same thing, cleaning will not be careful. For example, if you simply give every patient interdental brushes, but many cannot use them at all, you need a different solution, such as a specific type of dental floss. You notice it when a patient comes back for a check-up and you see deposits between the teeth. You have to ask why this is so and find a solution.