About this Research Topic
Dental materials are essential during any mode of dental treatment that employs the use of polymers, metals and ceramics. Despite optimization of mechanical, physical, chemical and biological features of dental materials, bacterial or fungal infections can still present issues for patients. Some polymer-based restorative materials result in shrinkage and therefore expose a gap that may cause secondary infections. Denture-based materials also provide a surface that may be favorable to fungal growth. Recent advances in dental implant technology also have limitations, with infection on the surface resulting in implant-induced inflammation, known as implantitis. All of these problems can be tackled through the development of antimicrobial and biofouling dental materials.
The goal of this Research Topic is to welcome current research on dental materials, focused on the production of material or surface modifications that would result in antimicrobial and biofouling properties. Various methods of developing antimicrobial and biofouling dental materials may include (but are not limited to) chemical, physical and biological modifications of composition or surface properties. Understanding current trends in the development of such novel dental materials would provide insights and ideas to readers and other participating researchers, while providing opportunity for collaborations. The Research Topic also aims to provide an opportunity to bridge the gap between academia and industry. Most of the recent research on antimicrobial and biofouling materials are limited to the literature, with little development being translated to relevant industries.
We welcome articles related to the development or evaluation of antimicrobial and/or biofouling dental materials. This may include (but is not limited to) the following topics:
- Synthesis of novel antimicrobial agents that can be used in dentistry;
- Compositional changes of dental materials for antimicrobial and/or biofouling properties;
- Surface modifications of polymers, ceramics or metals used in dentistry;
- Research on different biofilm or bacterial models with existing antimicrobial/antibacterial dental materials;
- Development of test methods to examine antimicrobial and/or biofouling dental materials;
- Clinical reports of bacterial/fungal infections related to dental materials.
We would like to acknowledge that Dr. Myung-Jin Lee has acted as a coordinator and has contributed to the preparation of the proposal for this Research Topic.
Keywords: Dentistry, Materials, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Biofouling
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