Labrida AS


Frequently Asked Questions

What is LABRIDA BioClean®?

LABRIDA BioClean® is a dental instrument with a working end made of chitosan attached to a stainless steel stem covered with polypropylene. This product is used in an oscillating dental handpiece. The recommended rotation speed is 600 – 1000 rpm. As an oscillating handpiece LABRIDA recommends NSK ER10, with head TEQ–Y.

Shall LABRIDA BioClean® be used wet or dry?

LABRIDA BioClean® must be soaked in sterile saline for at least 2 minutes prior to use. This makes the chitosan fibres swell, and thus they become soft and flexible, leading to optimal strength. The soft chitosan fibres make the brush a gentle treatment method.

Can LABRIDA BioClean® be used more than once?

The LABRIDA BioClean® is a disposable implant cleaning instrument. The instrument cannot be re-sterilised and used a second time.

What are the advantages of LABRIDA BioClean®?

The LABRIDA BioClean® allows effective cleaning of implants without damaging the implant surface. The LABRIDA BioClean® chitosan instrument is gentle on tissue and does not leave residue that may induce a foreign body inflammatory reaction. The polypropylene covering of the stem protects against damage or discoloration of the prosthetic supra construction.
The patient experiences less pain during the treatment, which may increase patient compliance.

What are the indications for LABRIDA BioClean®?

Labrida BioClean® is designed for cleaning of osseointegrated dental implants and/or teeth (pocket depths ≥ 4mm). Labrida BioClean® is no replacement for surgery but maintenance of dental implants is key for reducing the risk for peri-implantitis and the need for surgery.

What is the intended use of LABRIDA BioClean®?

The intended use is regular maintenance cleaning of titanium dental implants and teeth. The device is for professional use by dentists and dental hygienists only and is to be used in an oscillating handpiece. LABRIDA BioClean® is a sterile, single use device.

Is chitosan allergenic, being derived from shellfish (shrimps)?

Chitosan is non-allergenic. It is chemically modified and not considered to be animally derived. Thus, Labrida BioClean® can be used in patients with shellfish allergy.

How often should maintenance treatment with Labrida BioClean® be performed?

It is recommended that maintenance treatment is performed 2 – 4 times per year. If Bleeding on Probing occurs, the brush should be used, and the patient scheduled for control after three months. Hygiene instructions should be given on an as needed basis. Infection control is of utmost importance. Verify access for approximal measures of dental hygiene (i.e., brushes or floss).

Why cannot Labrida Bioclean® be used in a rotating handpiece?

The brush is difficult to control in a rotating handpiece, and too high rotation speed may lead to breakage of the brush between the polypropylene stem and the mandrel. Using an oscillating handpiece ensures optimal performance of the brush, - it is easier to perform the probing movements when cleaning, it is easier to handle the brush in the implant pocket, the chitosan fibers last longer and there is no risk that the brush will break due to too strong rotating forces.The oscillating handpiece has been used in our clinical studies with positive clinical outcome.