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Volume 26 , Issue 1
January/February 2013

Pages 4244

The Effect of Glycine-Powder Airflow and Hand Instrumentation on Peri-implant Soft Tissues: A Split-Mouth Pilot Study

Federico Mussano, DDS, PhD/Stefania Rovasio/Gianmario Schierano, MD, DDS/Ileana Baldi, BSc, PhD/Stefano Carossa, MD, DDS

DOI: 10.11607/ijp.3063

Fifteen edentulous patients with overdentures supported by two implants in the mandibular canine regions received periodontal therapy using both hand instrumentation with Teflon curettes and a glycine-based airflow system. Periodontal probing depth (PPD), bleeding on probing (BOP), and bacterial content (BC) within the gingival sulcus were analyzed. A significant effect modification of the glycine airflow with respect to time was found for PPD (P = .01), BOP (P < .001), and BC (P = .004), which were treated as ordered categorical variables. Glycine airflow may be more effective than Teflon curettes for the maintenance of periimplant soft tissues. Int J Prosthodont 2013;26:4244. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3063

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