Coatings 2012, 2(3), 179-194; doi:10.3390/coatings2030179
Review

Plant Products for Innovative Biomaterials in Dentistry

1,2,3email, 4email and 3,* email
Received: 11 May 2012; in revised form: 7 June 2012 / Accepted: 5 July 2012 / Published: 26 July 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Dental Biomaterials and Coatings)
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Abstract: Dental biomaterials and natural products represent two of the main growing research fields, revealing plant-derived compounds may play a role not only as nutraceuticals in affecting oral health, but also in improving physico-chemical properties of biomaterials used in dentistry. Therefore, our aim was to collect all available data concerning the utilization of plant polysaccharides, proteins and extracts rich in bioactive phytochemicals in enhancing performance of dental biomaterials. Although compelling evidences are suggestive of a great potential of plant products in promoting material-tissue/cell interface, to date, only few authors have investigated their use in development of innovative dental biomaterials. A small number of studies have reported plant extract-based titanium implant coatings and periodontal regenerative materials. To the best of our knowledge, this review is the first to deal with this topic, highlighting a general lack of research findings in an interesting field which still needs to be investigated.
Keywords: plant products; dental biomaterials; coatings; scaffolds; fillers; osseointegration; periodontal regeneration
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Varoni, E.M.; Iriti, M.; Rimondini, L. Plant Products for Innovative Biomaterials in Dentistry. Coatings 2012, 2, 179-194.

AMA Style

Varoni EM, Iriti M, Rimondini L. Plant Products for Innovative Biomaterials in Dentistry. Coatings. 2012; 2(3):179-194.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Varoni, Elena M.; Iriti, Marcello; Rimondini, Lia. 2012. "Plant Products for Innovative Biomaterials in Dentistry." Coatings 2, no. 3: 179-194.

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