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					                                International Journal of Biomaterials

Special Issue on
Dental Implants
Call for Papers
Dental implant technology was improved in recent years,             • Interactions of cells with the titanium oxide surface
providing patients with unparalleled levels of effectiveness,        • Causes of dental implant fails
convenience, and affordability. This is one of the main              • Influence of micromovement
reasons why so many dentists recommend dental implants              • Influence of implant design (shape, thread, cone
as their preferred method to replace missing teeth. The con-          morse, hexagon) in the success
ventional clinical protocol for placement of dental implants        • Primary, secondary, and tertiary stability
involves two phases. The first is the placement of the implant       • Biomimetics surfaces
in a surgical cavity prepared in the bone. The protocol
recommends a healing period for tissue reorganization. The         Before submission authors should carefully read over
waiting time for healing to occur depends on bone quality       the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at
and the region in which the implant was performed. The Prospe-
dentistry has an interest in reducing the healing time after    ctive authors should submit an electronic copy of their
surgery and loading the implants with oral forces safely.       complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript
To meet this expectation, one must consider that the body       Tracking System at according to
has a minimum time to perform the reactions that lead           the following timetable:
to osseointegration. In order to shorten the healing time,
the strategy is to alter the biocompatibility of titanium
                                                                    Manuscript Due               Friday, 8 June 2012
dental implant surfaces, modifying the surgical technique
and changing the implant design.                                    First Round of Reviews       Friday, 31 August 2012
   We invite investigators to contribute original research
articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the         Publication Date             Friday, 26 October 2012
continuing efforts to understand the dental implant behav-
ior. We are particularly interested in articles describing      Lead Guest Editor
the new modalities of dental implant surface treatment to
improve the osseointegration, analysis of the influence of       Carlos Nelson Elias, Department of Mechanical
morphology, topography, roughness, surface energy, surface      Engineering and Materials Science, Military Institute of
composition, chemical potential, thickness of titanium oxide    Engineering, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil;
film, and the presence of metallic and nonmetallic com-
pounds on the surface. The mentioned factors influence           Guest Editors
the concentration of cells involved in osseointegration. The
importance of this work is the fact that by controlling the     Paulo Guilherme Coelho, Department of Biomaterials and
surface one can reduce the healing time of the implant, and     Biomimetics, College of Dentistry, New York University,
the bone-implant interface has enough mechanical strength       New York, NY, USA;
to withstand the forces in the oral environment. Potential      Yoshiki Oshida, Department of Restorative Dentistry,
topics include, but are not limited to:                         Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, IN:
    • Dental implant surface treatment to improve the           Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
      osseointegration                                          Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA;
    • Analysis of the influence of nanoroughness, nanofea-
      tures, morphology, topography, roughness, chemical
      composition, surface energy, residual stress, the exis-
      tence of impurities, and thickness of titanium oxide

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