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PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) is a synthetic coumpound that is used in the process of making PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene). So when "PFOA Free" is mentioned, it usually means the PTFE was made without the use of PFOA in the manufacturing process.
To address health and environmental concerns associated to PFOA, many manufacturers of PTFE products have transitioned to PFOA-free manufacturing processes. By eliminating PFOA from the production process, manufacturers can eliminate the potential risks to human health and the environment associated to PFOA. Additionally, the shift towards PFOA-free alternatives aligns with regulatory requirements and consumer preferences for safer and more environmentally friendly products.
Related product: Biotex Suture
Composition of the Monoglyc™ suture.
Monoglyc™ is a sterile synthetic absorbable monofilament surgical suture produced from a copolymer of glycolic acid and e-caprolactone.
e-Caprolactone or simply caprolactone is a lactone possessing a seven-membered ring. Its name is derived from caproic acid. This colorless liquid is miscible with most organic solvents and water. It was once produced on a large scale as a precursor to caprolactam.
Monoglyc™ Product Overview
Monoglyc's tensile strength versus absorption/resorption time.
One place references "Maintains 50% tensile strength for 14-28 days" another says "Absorbable in approximately 4 weeks (5/0)" and yet another states "Absorption is fully complete in approximately 90 days". Clinically, what does all of this mean?
The 90 days time frame is for the Monoglyc suture material to be 100% absorbed by the body so that there is no trace of the suture material.
The 4-week time frame is for the strength of the suture material to be sufficient to keep the flap closed without tension before it disintegrates further.
The 14-28 days time frame is the time that the suture retains 50% of its tensile strength.
- 90 days - 100 % absorption
- 4 weeks - enough strength to keep flap and incision line stable
- 14-28 days - the range of time depending on the suture size
Did you know?
The Monoglyc sutures will absorb in five weeks for the 4.0, four weeks for the 5.0, and three weeks for the 6.0.
Application of wound dressings in dentistry.
One of the most common uses of Neoplug is for molar extractions. You can insert one or more for hemostatic control. NeoTape and NeoCote are often used in palatal wounds or oral abscesses. They can also be used on top of a membrane as an external covering, on burns or periosteal defects.
Can Neoplug replace a membrane when using a flap procedure?
Many articles have discussed the use of a collagen plug, such as NeoPlug, during ridge preservation procedures. The authors conclude that sufficient short term coverage and protection is achieved provided that there is sufficient thickness and quality of the buccal bone. Extraction sockets with good quality bony walls (typically referred to as a 5 walled socket) show the best results for collagen plug use.
As soon as any bony wall is compromised (thin or missing), then a membrane is recommended for long term protection and containment of the graft material such as Raptos Allograft particulates.
Can a wound dressing replace a dental membrane?
Wound dressings (NeoTape, NeoCote, NeoPlug) are not meant to be used as membranes as they are too porous.
They do not act as a barrier and are resorbed within 1 to 2 weeks.
Features & Benefits
Features of Monoglyc™ sutures that minimize tissue damage.
The Monoglyc™ suture glides smoothly through the tissue because of the single strand monofilament construction aided by the super sharp needles.
Tissue trauma from suturing is virtually non existent with Monoglyc™, and the monofilament structure prevents bacterial wicking. Monoglyc™ smooth surface provides excellent handling properties, combined with the sharp and high quality needle allow for atraumatic passage through tissue.
Characteristics of Monoglyc™ sutures.
- Monoglyc™ is dissolved by the body’s own processes.
- No foreign material remains in the body
- No removal is necessary - Absorbable in approximately 4 weeks (5/0)
- Smooth Surface
- Little tissue damage
- No bacterial accumulation and no plaque buildup
- No capillarity (volume of fluid absorbed along the suture line)
The importance of no memory with the Biotex™ sutures.
Because it has no memory, the Biotex™ suture can be removed from the package without coiling, keeping the suture straight. Less handling allows the surgeon to focus on getting a nice clean suture line, to prevent sutures from tangling when they are pulled through the tissue.
Benefits of Monoglyc™ vs non-resorbable PTFE sutures.
For those who are used to PTFE sutures, sometimes if the suture is left in for a prolonged period, it tends to get buried, making it difficult to retrieve.
On the other hand, Monoglyc™ will last quite some time because it is 100% resorbable and has added PCL polymer although you do not have to worry about having to remove the suture.
Dental procedures in which NeoCote or NeoTape can be used.
This will depend on the clinician, patient requirements and what they are trying to accomplish; some doctors will use them interchangeably.
We recommend that NeoTape be used in the following procedures: covering a palatal donor site covering suture sites placing over burn sites as a soft cover The thin tape-like design helps in areas that require a more intricate procedural covering.
We recommend that NeoCote be used in the following circumstances: covering Periodontal surgical wounds dealing with and covering oral ulcers, either non-infected or viral Dealing with denture sores as a cover under the overriding denture the thicker NeoCote, with its spongier shape, helps protect soft tissue better in some cases than NeoTape.