In collaboration with Dr. Constant Crohin, DMD, MMSc.
Good plaque control is essential following placement of a dental implant, as it ensures proper healing of the site to support implant integration and to enhance gum health in that area.
American Periodontist, Dr. Constant Crohin, has developed a protocol for optimal results following implant placement.
Dr. Crohin offers this advice for during the first week post-implant placement:
Avoid brushing the surgical site and its immediate surroundings
Use 0.12% chlorhexidine mouthwash twice daily for 30-60 seconds. Do not rinse with water and avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after use.
Stick to a softer diet, avoiding spicy, crispy and very hot food and drink
Always avoid smoking, but particularly during the delicate implant healing phase
After this first week, Dr. Crohin examines the surgical site, removes any residual sutures, and monitors healing. He then issues the patient with the edel+white UltraSoft Flosserbrush, so that they can gently, yet thoroughly, return to cleaning around the implant. Because of the toothbrush’s UltraSoft Konex HD® bristles, they are perfectly safe and comfortable to brush the tender peri-implant area. Additionally, their ultra-fine tapered tips extend the reach to provide a deeper clean without causing harm or discomfort.
After three months, the patient receives the implant restoration and Dr. Crohin advises a protocol designed to optimise both the longevity of the implant and the health of the surrounding tissues. This protocol is as follows:
Brush for 2 minutes with the edel+white Sonic Generation 8 Winner® using the Focus® Brush Head to clean around the implant on the buccal and lingual sides
Follow this with the Target® Brush Head to clean the interdental space between the implant and its adjacent teeth
Alternatively in the absence of a sonic toothbrush, the patient can continue to use their CleanCurl 3D, which is the manual equivalent to the Sonic Generation 8 Winner®. CleanCurl 3D can also be a beneficial addition if the patient has crowns and/or bridges. With both tools, the patient can achieve superior care and maintenance at home, and can mix-and-match according to occasion and preference.
“Using this protocol has much improved the quality of the dental implant treatment that I provide both in the immediate post-surgical phase and in the longer-term maintenance phase.”
— Dr. Constant C. Crohin