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Dental Implants

Call for Papers

Dental implant technology was improved in recent years, providing patients with unparalleled levels of effectiveness, convenience, and affordability. This is one of the main reasons why so many dentists recommend dental implants as their preferred method to replace missing teeth. The conventional clinical protocol for placement of dental implants involves two phases. The first is the placement of the implant in a surgical cavity prepared in the bone. The protocol recommends a healing period for tissue reorganization. The waiting time for healing to occur depends on bone quality and the region in which the implant was performed. The dentistry has an interest in reducing the healing time after surgery and loading the implants with oral forces safely. To meet this expectation, one must consider that the body has a minimum time to perform the reactions that lead to osseointegration. In order to shorten the healing time, the strategy is to alter the biocompatibility of titanium dental implant surfaces, modifying the surgical technique and changing the implant design.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the dental implant behavior. We are particularly interested in articles describing the new modalities of dental implant surface treatment to improve the osseointegration, analysis of the influence of morphology, topography, roughness, surface energy, surface composition, chemical potential, thickness of titanium oxide film, and the presence of metallic and nonmetallic compounds on the surface. The mentioned factors influence the concentration of cells involved in osseointegration. The importance of this work is the fact that by controlling the surface one can reduce the healing time of the implant, and the bone-implant interface has enough mechanical strength to withstand the forces in the oral environment. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Dental implant surface treatment to improve the osseointegration
  • Analysis of the influence of nanoroughness, nanofeatures, morphology, topography, roughness, chemical composition, surface energy, residual stress, the existence of impurities, and thickness of titanium oxide film
  • Interactions of cells with the titanium oxide surface
  • Causes of dental implant fails
  • Influence of micromovement
  • Influence of implant design (shape, thread, cone morse, hexagon) in the success
  • Primary, secondary, and tertiary stability
  • Biomimetics surfaces

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 19 October 2012
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 11 January 2013
Publication DateFriday, 8 March 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Carlos Nelson Elias, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Military Institute of Engineering, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Guest Editors

  • Paulo Guilherme Coelho, Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics, College of Dentistry, New York University, New York, NY, USA
  • Yoshiki Oshida, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, IN: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA