NSTI Nanotech 2009

Futurodontics - An Introduction

B.J. Borthakur
Mahatma Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences (Govt. of Puducherry Institution), India., IN

Keywords: dental nanotechnology, dental nanorobotics, biomimetics, nanocomposites, dentifrobots

Abstract:

Summery: “The best way to predict the future is to create it”. Anonymous Nanofillers used in dental composites give superior nanomechanical & optical properties & reduction in polymerization shrinkage. To understand the nature’s biology is the key in understanding and developing biologically similar material for tooth tissues replacement. Molecular biomimetics developed a novel nanotechnology through biology, which fabricate materials based on molecular recognition between genetically engineered peptides for inorganics (GEPIs) and inorganic crystal which will replace dental hard tissues. Advancement in current dental nanotechnology & nanorobotics, biomimetics shall make the utopian dental dream treatment modalities like biological replacement of tooth, renaturalisation, single visit orthodontic treatment, oral health maintetence by dentifrobots etc described by Robert Freitas into reality. But the study related to dentistry is scanty. Therefore author is motivated to coin the term “Futurodontics” to describe a branch of dentistry which deals with feasible, possible & predictable future application of current scientific knowledge & research findings to be used for maintenance of comprehensive oral health care. The main aim of this paper is to conglomerate fields like nanotechnology, nanorobotics, biomimetics etc.with dentistry & introduce it as Futurodontics with scope, significance & future prospects.
 
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