RESEARCH ARTICLE


Current Status of Low Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound for Dental Purposes



Emanuel Braga Rego1, 2, *, Takashi Takata1, Kazuo Tanne2, Eiji Tanaka3
1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathobiology, Hiroshima University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima, Japan
2 Department of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Developmental Biology, Hiroshima University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima, Japan
3 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, Japan


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Abstract

Over the past few years, tissue engineering applied to the dental field has achieved relevant results. Tissue engineering can be described by actions taken to improve biological functions. Several methods have been described to enhance cellular performance and low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) has shown to play an important role in cell metabolism. The present article provides an overview about the current status of LIPUS as a tissue engineering tool to be used to enhance tooth and periodontal regeneration.

Keywords: Ultrasound, tissue engineering, periodontal healing.