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Volume 9 , Issue 2
March/April 1994

Pages 156-162

Effects of Subgingival Irrigation With Chlorhexidine on the Periodontal Status of Patients With HA-Coated Integral Dental Implants

Salme E. Lavigne, RDH, MS/Kimberly S. Krust-Bray, RDH, MS/Karen B. Williams, RDH, MS/William J. Killoy, DDS, MS/Frank Theisen, DDS

PMID: 8206550

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of chlorhexidine irrigation on the periodontal status of patients with HA-coated dental implants as measured by clinical, microbiological, and immunological measures. Thirty non-adjacent implants were randomly assigned to receive a one-time irrigation with either 0.12% chlorhexidine or sterile saline, or no irrigation. All parameters were measured at baseline, 2, 5, and 8 weeks. Results showed no significant differences between any treatment modalities at any time interval. A statistically significant decrease in probing depth (P < .05) occurred within the chlorhexidine and no treatment groups at all time intervals compared to baseline. (INT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC IMPLANTS 1994;9:156162)

Key words: chlorhexidine, Integral implants, implant maintenance, irrigation

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