Dental Implant Success

The Waterpik® Water Flosser is ideal for all patients. The technology makes it quicker and easier to achieve excellent oral hygiene levels and water flossing is particularly useful for patients with braces or implants. This month we are focusing on the care of dental implants.

Dental implants are a popular option for the replacement of missing teeth, and the modality has now produced around a $1 billion industry. Many consider dental implants to be the next best thing to a healthy natural tooth; they are associated with security and stability and offer better improvements to oral health related quality of life than other treatment options.1 Survival rates are high2 and a great many patients enjoy cost-effective and successful outcomes.

However, dental implants are not immune to complications and there are several factors that can reduce the risk of implant failure. These include the patient’s nutrition, stress levels, smoking habits, systemic diseases such as diabetes and soft tissue response to biofilm.3 A history of periodontitis also increases the chance of peri-implant disease and adherence to a strict oral hygiene routine is one of the key influences on implant longevity.4

Dental professionals therefore require commitment to meticulous maintenance care. Research reveals that poor oral hygiene and the oral health issues resulting from it are one of the major causes of failure of dental implants, which may lead to additional surgery and/or bone loss.5 Gum health is vitally important and patients need to understand that brushing alone is not enough to keep the mouth healthy or to maintain the integrity and longevity of restorations.

Effective, daily biofilm removal is essential, which means thoroughly cleaning all surfaces above and below the gum line. The Waterpik® Water Flosser has been found to be up to 87% more effective in reducing bleeding and up to three times more effective in reducing gingivitis than rinsing with chlorhexidine following implant placement.6

Waterpik® Complete Care incorporates the Waterpik® Water Flosser with a Waterpik® Triple Sonic toothbrush in one convenient unit. The Waterpik® Triple Sonic toothbrush is clinically proven to remove 9X as much stain as a regular toothbrush. Plus, the Waterpik® Water Flosser used with the unique Plaque Seeker® Tip to clean around implants and above the gum line is more than twice as effective as string floss for dental implant patients.7 The special soft Pik Pocket® Tip is also ideal to effectively clean below the gum line, where pulsations of water gently flush out bacteria.

Take a look at the Waterpik® Complete Care 9.0 unit here.

Speaking of events - Grab a free lunch!

Yes, there is such a thing – when you book a Waterpik® Lunch and Learn at your practice.

Our professional educators are all practising dental hygienists and dental therapists with extensive experience. They can come to your dental practice on any convenient date and provide a live demonstration of the Waterpik® Water Flosser. They will also offer advice about getting the very best from the water flossing technology and show you the substantial body of clinical research that supports the Waterpik® products. The educator will be happy to answer all your questions, supply patient leaflets and best of all, there is a free lunch for you and your team!

Find out more here.


  1. Vogel R1, Smith-Palmer J, Valentine W. Evaluating the health economic implications and cost-effectiveness of dental implants: a literature review. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2013 Mar-Apr;28(2):343-56. [Accessed 3rd July 2018]
  2. Association of Dental Implantology. A dentist’s guide to implantology. 2012. [Accessed 2nd July 2018]
  3. Moldovan S, Lyle D. The failing implant: reducing risk. Inside Dentistry. June 2014; 10(6);50-56
  4. Renvert s, Persson Gr. Periodontitis as a potential risk factor for peri-implantitis. J Clin Periodontol. 2009;36 suppl 10:9-14. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2009. 01416.x.
  5. Romeo E., Ghisolfi M., Murgolo N. et al. Therapy of peri-implantitis with resective surgery. A 3-year clinical trial on rough screw-shaped oral implants. Part I: clinical outcome. Clin. Oral Implants Res. 2005; 16: 9–18. [Accessed 2nd July 2018]
  6. Felo A, Shibly O, Ciancio SC, et al. Effects of subgingival chlorhexidine irrigation on peri-implant maintenance. Am J Dent. 1997;10(2):107-110
  7. Magnuson B. et al. Comparison of the effect of two interdental cleaning devices around implants on the reduction of bleeding: a 30-day randomized clinical trial. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2013 Nov-Dec; 34 Spec No 8:2-7. [Accessed 2nd July 2018]