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Best technology for a failing dental implant - Galvosurge

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

Why do dental implants fail

Dental implants are one of the most successful treatments offered in dentistry with long term success rates of 95-97%. Failure with implants happens either at the beginning of their implantation where the implant does not properly integrate with the body or years later where bacteria colonizes the small porosities on the surface of the implant creating an inflammatory reaction leading to bone loss. This process called peri-implantitis is more likely to happen with people that have gum disease (periodontitis), diabetes or are smokers.

What is traditionally done to fix the issue

Traditionally if there is a lot of bone loss around an implant the recommendation was to remove the implant, wait for the bone to heal, and replace with a new implant and crown. This option is long, expensive and obviously not a patient favorite but is predictable and works.

Some clinicians attempted to graft bone around the implant in order to save it but the outcome was not always predictable due to the impossibility of fully cleaning the implant.... until Galvosurge was invented

What is Galvosurge and why is it the missing link in saving implants

The GalvoSurge is a health canada approved device that uses a unique mode of action, creating hydrogen bubbles on the implant surface, breaking away the bacteria (biofilm) and leaving the implant clean and prepared for bone grafting. In other words, it “resurfaces” the implant, making our implant like new and ready to be successfully saved.

Here is a visual demostration of how it works:

The patient experience with Galvosurge

The Galvosurge treatment is not painful. The first patients we used it on experienced a very salty taste in the mouth but this issue has been resolved by using rubber dam barriers. The Galvosurge treatment lasts around 10 minutes. In our clinical experience there were no side effects reported by patients.

Does Galvosurge work in all cases and is a bone graft still required?

Galvosurge will work in advanced bone loss cases where up to 75% of the bone was lost around the implant. A bone graft is always required but depending on the case it can vary from a non invasive filling of the void left by the bone loss with bone particles to a more advanced bone graft.

What does the scientific literature tell us on the success of the treatment?

Studies on the electrolytic cleaning, albeit limited, show that once the implant is cleaned the body re-integrates the implant in the bone like if it was new. Most studies available on humans show promising results but unfortunately these have a low sample size and are sponsored by the company selling the product. More independent studies with a larger sample sizes will help understand what is the actual success rate of this treatment.

What does our clinical experience tell us about this treatment?

Our clinical experience was positive, especially one case where we were able to save an implant with very severe bone loss in a diabetic patient. Because the alternative is to remove the implant or attempt to clean it with conventional means which we know is not predictable we consider Galvosurge the best treatment for failing implants.

post treatment
This case had a moving crown, severe bone loss and purulence coming out of the site. The crown was temporarily removed, the site cleaned with ultrasonics and Galvosurge. Bone particles were added and the crown was fixed back. We can see a couple of months later how the bone is repaired and the symptoms are gone.

Dr Dan Munteanu, DMD

Dentist and Director of Blanc Dental Centers

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