Effectiveness of a sonic toothbrush in maintenance of dental implants. A prospective study

Larry Wolff, Alex Kim, Martha Nunn, Bashar Bakdash, James Hinrichs

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This study assessed the efficacy of a sonic and a manual toothbrush in reducing plaque and gingivitis around dental implants. Subjects were randomly assigned to either sonic (n=16) or manual (n=15) study groups. Groups were balanced according to baseline levels of plaque and gingivitis. The plaque (PI), gingival (GI), and bleeding (BI) indices as well as probing depths were determined at baseline, and at 4, 8, 12, and 24 week follow-up visits. Mean scores per person were calculated for each clinical parameter. Oral hygiene habits, compliance and acceptance were also evaluated over the study period. Within group comparisons from baseline throughout the study, as well as between group comparisons (i.e., sonic versus manual), were determined. Overall, plaque, gingival, and bleeding indices in both groups were lower at each follow-up visit when compared to the baseline. Within group comparisons demonstrated that both the sonic toothbrush subjects and the manual toothbrush subjects had significantly lower PI, GI, and BI scores at each post-baseline visit (4, 8, 12, and 24 weeks) than at baseline (p0.05). No implant problems (e.g., loose screws) were attributable to the sonic toothbrush. Relevant to oral hygiene habits, subjects in both groups demonstrated a high level of compliance with their assigned toothbrush. Overall, the results of this study demonstrated that sonic toothbrushing significantly reduced plaque, gingival inflammation and bleeding, and probing pocket depths around implants over the 6-month trial period. It is concluded that sonic brushing is an effective means of dental implant maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-828
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of clinical periodontology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Periodontics


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