Mrinal Gaurav Srivastava
Visiting Master student (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Development of smart drug-releasing materials for dental implants.
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. ir. Annabel Braem (KU Leuven) & Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Aldo R. Boccaccini (FAU, Erlangen-Nuremberg)
Laboratory supervisors: M. Sc. Merve Kübra Aktan, Dr. Nazirah Kamarudin (KU Leuven) & Dr. Kai Zheng (FAU, Erlangen-Nuremberg)
A steady rise in the use of dental implants has been observed which now nearly equals the use of artificial knee and hip implants placed inside the human body annually . In the case of a dental implant, the situation is more challenging due to constant exposure of the oral environment to hostile conditions which lead to development of pathogenic colonies causing increased risk of peri-implant mucositis and in worse cases peri-implantitis . These conditions cause inflammation and bone loss around the implant and finally loss of the implant. This project focuses on preventing the growth of biofilm in its early stages on the implant surface. Porous titanium substrates will be injected with sol-gel technique prepared Ludox solution and mesoporous silica nanoparticles which would act as a diffusion barrier providing a controlled release of an antimicrobial agent – Chlorhexidine. Further functionalization by chitosan, a pH-responsive biopolymer, will be done which would enable smart drug-release only at low pH conditions which are prevalent in a biofilm thus preventing cytotoxicity to the host cells and bacteria from developing resistance against the drug.
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