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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 278-281

Nanodentistry - An overview


1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Tamilnadu Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India
2 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Tamilnadu Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

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M B Aswath Narayanan
Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Tamilnadu Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Chennai
India
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Nanotechnology, also known as molecular nanotechnology or molecular engineering, is the production of functional materials and structures in the range of 0.1 to 100 nanometers-the nanoscale-by various physical or chemical methods. Today, the revolutionary development of nanotechnology has become the most highly energized discipline in science and technology. Trends in oral health and disease also may change the focus on specific diagnostic and treatment modalities. Increasingly preventive approaches will reduce the need for curative or restorative interventions. Nanodentistry will give a new visionary to comprehensive oral health care. Nanodentistry will make possible the maintenance of comprehensive oral health by employing nanomaterials, biotechnology, including tissue engineering, and ultimately, dental nanorobotics. New potential treatment opportunities in dentistry may include, local anesthesia, dentition renaturalization, permanent hypersensitivity cure, complete orthodontic realignments during a single office visit, covalently bonded diamondised enamel, and continuous oral health maintenance using mechanical dentifrobots. This science might sound like a fiction now, but nanodentistry has strong potential to revolutionize dentist to diagnose, to treat disease in future. It opens up new ways for vast, abundant research work. Nanotechnology will change dentistry, health care and human life more profoundly than other developments.


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