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The new technology completely removes biofilm from hard-to-reach areas on any bacteria-infected titanium implant surface. (Video: Nobel Biocare)

Nobel Biocare launches new dental implant cleaning technology

By Nobel Biocare
July 15, 2021

ZURICH, Switzerland: Peri-implantitis is one of the greatest unsolved problems in dental implantology, and its prevalence is expected to increase over time as implant treatment becomes more widespread.1 Implant cleaning is a difficult but essential step in treating peri-implantitis, and the recently launched GalvoSurge Dental Implant Cleaning System offers a new solution that is compatible with most implants on the market.

Contaminated versus clean titanium implant surface after cleaning with GalvoSurge. (Image: Nobel Biocare)

The GalvoSurge Dental Implant Cleaning System has a unique mode of action that breaks away the biofilm with hydrogen bubbles, leaving the implant completely clean and prepared for additional therapy such as bone regeneration.2,3

An easy-to-use system, the process takes 2 minutes per implant and cleans hard-to-reach areas including threads, undercuts and microstructures.3 Whereas cleaning methods such as mechanical or instrumental debridement can destroy the implant surface while still leaving bacteria behind, the GalvoSurge system lifts the biofilm matrix from the surface with hydrogen bubbles. This is achieved by spraying an electrolyte solution around the implant and activating an extra-low voltage which produces electrolysis. This cleaning method does not harm healthy soft and hard tissue.

The first randomised controlled clinical trial showed excellent results.2 All implant sites treated with the GalvoSurge system were free from inflammation, and full or significant bone fill was achieved in all implants depending on the bone defect. Cleaning with GalvoSurge attained an implant surface where complete re-osseointegration was possible.2 In an in vitro study, the GalvoSurge Dental Implant Cleaning System removed oral biofilm and bacteria significantly better than other methods of cleaning dental implants currently available on the market.3

The spray head of the GalvoSurge system. (Image: Nobel Biocare)

Invented and manufactured by the Swiss company GalvoSurge Dental, this dental implant cleaning system is distributed exclusively by Nobel Biocare.

The Swiss Medical Technology Association (Swiss Medtech) has announced that GalvoSurge Dental is one of the top three finalists out of 50 candidates for the Swiss Medtech Award 2021, which “recognises outstanding achievements in the Swiss medical technology industry”. The winner will be declared on 8 September.

Co-inventor and co-founder of GalvoSurge Dental Dr Urs Brodbeck said: “As an implant specialist, I have seen at first hand the need to rethink the ways that implant surfaces can be cleaned. With several years’ research and development, we created a cleaning system that’s proven to completely remove biofilm using a mode of action that outperforms conventional methods.”

He added: “We are delighted to partner with Nobel Biocare in making the GalvoSurge Dental Implant Cleaning System available to as many practices as possible.”

GalvoSurge is CE marked and available in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. It is recommended in combination with creos regenerative solutions, another brand from the Nobel Biocare family.

More information on GalvoSurge is available at nobelbiocare.com/galvosurge. The company can be contacted at www.nobelbiocare.com/en-int/customer-service.

Editorial note: A list of references is available from the publisher.

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