Chitosan in Dentistry
While the proposed uses of chitosan in medicine are numerous (1 – 7), no applications in dentistry have been reported so far. This might be due to the characteristics of the oral cavity, where various bacteria are constantly present and where lysozyme, a chitin degrading enzyme, occurs in the salivary secretion.
KeywordsFree Flap Salivary Secretion Antibiotic Solution Gingival Recession Chitosan Membrane
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