SilverPlug® is a medical device designed to fill up the implant tunnel and made by polymer containing Silver Zeolite. SilverPlug® considerably reduces the percentage of the anaerobic bacteria, the most pathogenic bacteria for peri-implants tissue. The reduction of bacteria contamination preserves surrounding soft tissue from inflammatory processes. Silver is generally used as an antiseptic agent in medical topical gels and bandages to reduce the bacterial count and improve the healing of wound infection (Wilkinson et al. 2011). A recent preliminary study reports the potential effect of a silver-based gum (SilverPlug®) on reducing the total bacterial amount and the percentage of anaerobic bacteria in the inner space of the fixture (Rasperini et al. 2012).
no release of chemicals
In prosthetic rehabilitation of dental implants, the abutments remain unsealed or plugged up with several types of material (e.g. cotton pellets, gutta-percha, Teflon or wax). These techniques do not permit to create an antibacterial sealing, with consequent bacterial growth and oral malodour in the internal parts of the implants (Rimondini et al. 2001, Park et al. 2012) (Gross et al. 1999, Al-Omari et al. 2010). Quirynen and van Steenberghe (1993) observed the presence of a significant quantity of microorganism in the apical part of the abutment screw and claimed the microbial leakage at the abutment fixture interface as the most probable origin of bacterial contamination. In a further study, Quirynen et al. (1994) proved the existence of bacterial leakage along with the components of the Brånemark implant system, both at A-I interface and from the access hole of the abutment. Hermannet al. (2001) and Broggini et al. (2003) suggested that bacterial leakage at the level of alveolar bone was one of the most important causes of chronic inflammation and marginal bone resorption around two-piece implants.
The mucositis around implants, combined with low adherence to a protocol of oral hygiene at home, increases the risk of peri-implantitis. (5th ITI Consensus Conference). Thanks to SilverPlug®, the mucositis decreases drastically. Healthier gums are more efficient to prevent peri-implantitis.
The use of inadequate materials to seal the implant tunnel is responsible for the persistence of bacteria which provoke peri-implantitis and very serious systemic diseases.
The use of material specifically designed and certified to seal the implant tunnel protects your implants from peri-implantitis thus avoiding any legal implication.