One of the most pressing concerns for dental professionals and patients worldwide will always be the dental plaque, whether it’s related to your natural teeth or dental implants.
When you lose your teeth due to any reason, the risk of plaque doesn’t get eliminated along with them. Crowns or dental implants can produce inflammation or plaque deposits that can turn to be even more challenging during the cleaning. Scientists are researching for an easy method to help boost those cleaning efforts using bubbles. More specifically, microbubbles. The method doesn’t involve any tool or any advanced machinery, but simply refers to bursting the bubbles.
Latest Research on Microbubbles
A team of scientists, led by Hitoshi Soyama in Japan has been investigating ways to tackle both eliminations of plaque buildup and prevention of other related problems in patients. The study suggested a method to remove dental plaque using a tooth tray with microbubbles, and proved its cleaning proficiency through experiments. Their main focus was a cavity jet which injects high-speed fluids through the water. This system generates vapor bubbles and it’s worth noting that these bubbles explode or burst to trigger shockwaves that are strong enough to remove impurities.
During their study, these scientists attempted to compare the cleaning effectiveness of both cavity jet and water jet. Both systems are considered effective to keep the dental implants clean. After analyzing the quantity of plaque that persisted following the cleaning efforts, it was discovered that both systems achieved roughly the same magnitude of success. The cavity jet genuinely eliminated more plaque after three minutes and was in particular, able to remove a bigger quantity of plaque from both the root area of the screws and crest area. The research team concluded that through this process, dentists can greatly improve their cleaning efforts.
While water flow can successfully remove biofilm, this cavity jet supports the process with its own energy using the bubble bursts. It can remove the materials from the implant and relocate them from the scene entirely. Therefore, the two systems can be collectively useful in a cleaning activity to improve the results.
So, this research doesn’t focus much on the replacement of the already existent, effective methods of plaque removal. Dentists can simply include some microbubbles in their water and achieve better plaque-removal outcomes.