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Int Dent J. 2011 Dec;61(6):297-301. doi: 10.1111/j.1875-595X.2011.00072.x. Epub 2011 Nov 8.

Perspectives for the use of silver nanoparticles in dental practice.

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Dental Research Center (CIEAO), Faculty of Dentistry, Autonomous University State of Mexico (UAEMex), Mexico. dentist.garcia@gmail.com

Abstract

Nanotechnology has been used for medical applications in several forms, including dental practice with the development of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) as a useful tool. The aim of this review was to identify the properties and appliances of Ag NPs in dental practice. Silver compounds and NPs have already been used as dental restorative material, endodontic retrofill cements, dental implants and caries inhibitory solution. Despite the effectiveness that Ag NPs has shown in dental practice, Ag NPs remain a controversial area of research with respect to their toxicity in biological and ecological systems. Therefore any application of Ag NPs in dentistry requires more studies. In order to avoid the toxicity of these materials Ag NPs can be temporarily used in dentistry.

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