Rechargeable infection-responsive antifungal denture materials

Z. Cao, X. Sun, C. K. Yeh, Y. Sun

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Candida-associated denture stomatitis (CADS) is a significant clinical concern. We developed rechargeable infection-responsive antifungal denture materials for potentially managing the disease. Polymethacrylic acid (PMAA) was covalently bound onto diurethane dimethacrylate denture resins in the curing step. The PMAA resins bound cationic antifungal drugs such as miconazole and chlorhexidine digluconate (CG) through ionic interactions. The anticandidal activities of the drug-containing PMAA-resin discs were sustained for a prolonged period of time (weeks and months). Drug release was much faster at acidic conditions (pH 5) than at pH 7. Drugs bound to the denture materials could be "washed out" by treatment with EDTA, and the drug-depleted resins could be recharged with the same or a different class of anticandidal drugs. These results suggest clinical potential of the newly developed antifungal denture materials in the management of CADS and other infectious conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1517-1521
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of dental research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Candida-associated denture stomatitis
  • antifungal denture
  • infection-responsive
  • rechargeable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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