Fit and forget: The future of dental implant therapy via nanotechnology

Gulati K., Chopra D., KOÇAK ÖZTUĞ N. A., Verron E.

Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, vol.199, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 199
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.addr.2023.114900
  • Journal Name: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, EMBASE, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, MEDLINE, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Anodization, Dental implants, Local drug delivery, Nanotubes, Titania, Titanium
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Unlike orthopedic implants, dental implants require the orchestration of both osseointegration at the bone-implant interface and soft-tissue integration at the transmucosal region in a complex oral micro-environment with ubiquitous pathogenic bacteria. This represents a very challenging environment for early acceptance and long-term survival of dental implants, especially in compromised patient conditions, including aged, smoking and diabetic patients. Enabling advanced local therapy from the surface of titanium-based dental implants via novel nano-engineering strategies is emerging. This includes anodized nano-engineered implants eluting growth factors, antibiotics, therapeutic nanoparticles and biopolymers to achieve maximum localized therapeutic action. An important criterion is balancing bioactivity enhancement and therapy (like bactericidal efficacy) without causing cytotoxicity. Critical research gaps still need to be addressed to enable the clinical translation of these therapeutic dental implants. This review informs the latest developments, challenges and future directions in this domain to enable the successful fabrication of clinically-translatable therapeutic dental implants that would allow for long-term success, even in compromised patient conditions.