Elmhurst Oral Surgery

February 2019 – Blog

Effectiveness of Different Commercial Chlorhexidine-Based Mouthwashes after Implant Surgery

Chye RM, Perrotti V, et al.
Implant Dent 2019 Jan 14

The purpose of this study was to review the effectiveness, side effects, and patient acceptance of different concentrations and formulation of chlorhexidine-based mouthwashes used after implant surgery. The PRISMA guideline was adopted in the search strategy using electronic databases PubMed and MEDLINE to identify randomized and case-control prospective studies. A total of 10 articles were selected for a total of 344 patients. Because of the significant heterogeneity of the outcome measures, the data were summarized into tables.

A positive relationship between the use of chlorhexidine and reduction of plaque was found, demonstrating the effectiveness of the substance in terms of antisepsis and decrease of inflammation after implant surgery. Chlorhexidine is recognized as the primary agent for plaque control and the gold standard in preventing infection. The authors believe that research should be directed at finding chlorhexidine formulation with negligible adverse effects, without compromising or even increasing its effectiveness as the antiseptics and antiplaque agent.

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