An in-vitro evaluation of the efficacy of oral devices to remove dental biofilm from three prosthodontic materials
Ahmed, Omnia Abdelmoneim Khidir
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Introduction: The evolution of Dentistry witnessed an increase in fixed prostheses as opposed to removable ones. Zirconia (ZrO2) and Lithium disilicate (LDS) are becoming the material of choice in implant or tooth retained prostheses. Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is a recent alternative as it is lighter and causes less wear of opposing retained teeth. Biofilm formation is a permanent daily struggle for patients as it can be found in nearly all surfaces exposed to the natural environment. Therefore, the interest in a new device capable of removing or reducing oral biofilm from fixed prostheses is increasing. Aquaflosser (AQ) and Waterpik (WP) are examples of these oral irrigating devices that were introduced to the dental market recently. They can be effective in removing dental biofilm from different surfaces. Purpose of study: The purpose of this study is to evaluate biofilm formation on three fixed dental substructures and to evaluate the efficacy of two oral irrigating devices on biofilm removal from these three substructures.