Inhibitory and cidal antimicrobial actions of electrically generated silver ions

J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1987 Sep;45(9):779-84. doi: 10.1016/0278-2391(87)90202-3.


One promising alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of localized infections is the generation of antimicrobial silver ions by the use of low intensity direct current from a pure silver anode implanted at the site of an infection. This study investigates the in vitro bacteriostatic and bactericidal properties of this system on a variety of organisms.

MeSH terms

  • Actinomyces / drug effects
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents*
  • Bacteria / drug effects*
  • Bacteroides fragilis / drug effects
  • Culture Media
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrodes, Implanted*
  • Escherichia coli / drug effects
  • Silver / pharmacology*
  • Silver / toxicity
  • Staphylococcus aureus / drug effects
  • Time Factors
  • Veillonella / drug effects


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Culture Media
  • Silver