J Am Dent Assoc. 2000 Nov;131(11):1559-65. doi: 10.14219/jada.archive.2000.0084.


Background: Nanodentistry will make possible the maintenance of comprehensive oral health by involving the use of nanomaterials, biotechnology (including tissue engineering) and, ultimately, dental nanorobotics (nanomedicine).

Results: When the first micrometer-sized dental nanorobots can be constructed within 10 to 20 years, these devices will allow precisely controlled oral analgesia, dentition replacement therapy using biologically autologous whole replacement teeth manufactured during a single office visit, and rapid nanometer-scale precision restorative dentistry.

Clinical implications: New treatment opportunities may include dentition renaturalization, permanent hypersensitivity cure, complete orthodontic realignments during a single office visit, covalently bonded diamondized enamel and continuous oral health maintenance through the use of mechanical dentifrobots.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dental Equipment / trends*
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Miniaturization*
  • Robotics
  • Technology, Dental / trends*