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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 71-76

Chitosan hydrogel: Its applications in medicine and dentistry


1 Professor and Head, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Daswani Dental College and Research Centre, Kota, Rajasthan, India
2 Post Graduate, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Daswani Dental College and Research Centre, Kota, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Umang Jamwal
Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Daswani Dental College and Research Centre, Ranpur, Kota, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/INPC.INPC_2_19

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Since times immemorial, there has been an interactive interdependence of man on nature. The world of technology has overpowered him, yet technology and nature go hand in hand to help mankind fulfill his day-to-day necessities. The developing civilization has once again led to a quest to turn to nature in search for materials that are ecofriendly and economical. Chitosan is one such polymer. The combination of properties of chitosan such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, nontoxicity, and antibacterial properties open many possibilities for its application in medicine and dentistry. This article overviews the applications of chitosan in the form of hydrogels that can be applied effectively and give promising results for target delivery of drugs, the reduction of toxicity, and its uses focused towards the advancement of dentistry.


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