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Assessment of Toxicity of Green Synthesized Silver Nanoparticle-coated Titanium Mini-implants with Uncoated Mini-implants: Comparison in an Animal Model Study

Swapna Sreenivasagan, Aravind Kumar Subramanian, Karthik Ganesh Mohanraj, Rajesh S Kumar

Keywords : Antimicrobial, Mini-implant, Silver nanoparticle, Systemic toxicity, Temporary anchorage device

Citation Information : Sreenivasagan S, Subramanian AK, Mohanraj KG, Kumar RS. Assessment of Toxicity of Green Synthesized Silver Nanoparticle-coated Titanium Mini-implants with Uncoated Mini-implants: Comparison in an Animal Model Study. J Contemp Dent Pract 2023; 24 (12):944-950.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-3577

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-01-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Aim: To assess the potential for systemic toxicity when silver nanoparticle-coated mini-implants were implanted in Wistar albino rats conducted as a comparative study in the animal model by assessing the blood biochemistry, liver and kidney function, and histology of the implanted site. Materials and methods: The surface of the mini-implant was coated with a green-mediated silver nanoparticle. Uncoated mini-implants were placed in two groups of eight Wistar albino rats, and silver nanoparticle-coated mini-implants were placed in another eight rats. The bone's general conditions, blood biochemistry assessing for ALT, AST, GPT, GOT, and histological sections using H and E stain and Masson's Trichrome stain were examined at 7, 14, and 28-day intervals. Results: The creatinine, urea, ALP, and ALT showed no signs of systemic toxicity during the 28-day follow-up period in the Wistar rats both in the test and control groups. The histological evaluation, which was conducted using HE and MTS stain, revealed osteogenesis and adequate healing of the insertion site in the group where coated mini-implant was placed. The bone sample revealed no abnormalities in the control group with uncoated mini-implants. Conclusion: Green synthesized silver nanoparticle-coated mini-implant does not cause systemic toxicity as indicated by no abnormalities in the levels of creatinine, urea, ALT, ALP, GPT, and GOT. The bone histology indicates that the coated mini-implants placed in animal bone healed with adequate osteogenesis. Clinical significance: Silver nanoparticles have potential for antimicrobial activity. Mini-implants placed as temporary anchorage devices in orthodontics often fail due to inflammation and plaque. Silver nanoparticle-coated mini-implants would reduce the risk of mini-implant failure as it would have antimicrobial potential and eliminate this cause for failure of mini-implants.

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