Clara Gómez

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In the present work, a nanocomposite material formed by bacterial cellulose (BC) networks and calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite (HAp) powders was synthesized and characterized. The HAp nanoparticles were previously prepared by a wet chemical precipitation method, starting from aqueous solutions of calcium nitrate and di-ammonium phosphate salts.(More)
The aim of the study was evaluate tooth movement, receptor activator of nuclear factor KB ligand (RANKL), osteoprotegerin (OPG), and RANKL/OPG ratio in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) in compression side and pain level during initial orthodontic tooth treatment to determine the efficacy of low-level laser therapy (LLLT). Ten volunteers who required fixed(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the whitening efficacy of three whitening agents in combination with six different photoactivation systems. BACKGROUND Bleaching techniques have achieved significant advances using photoactivation with coherent or incoherent radiation sources. METHODS Quick White, Ena White Power, and Opalescence Endo bleaching agents, all(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Laser ablation of stratum corneum (SC) enhances transdermal delivery of hydrophilic drugs. The influence of the infrared (IR) (lambda = 1,064 nm), visible (lambda = 532 nm), and ultraviolet (UV) (lambda = 355 nm) radiations of a Nd:YAG laser on transdermal delivery of 5-Fluorouracil (5-Fu) across skin was studied in vitro. (More)
Bupivacaine-loaded comatrix, formed by bupivacaine-loaded microspheres included in a poly(lactide-co-glycolide) film, was assayed for the controlled release of the drug 'in vivo'. The comatrix, with 66.37 microg of bupivacaine, signifying a dose of 265.5 microg/kg, was subcutaneously implanted in the back of rats. Maximum plasma bupivacaine concentration(More)
The binding of a drug such as Quinine with neutral and negatively charged small unilamellar lipid vesicles at pH 7 and 37 degrees C was investigated. Changes in the fluorescence properties of the drug after association with the liposomes were used to obtain binding isotherms over a range of phospholipid compositions at different ionic strengths. Under such(More)
In recent years, the use of laser radiation has been investigated as an alternative or adjunctive tool to conventional procedures employed in the treatment of periodontal disease. Various beneficial characteristics of Nd:YAG laser radiation, such as hemostatic and bactericidal effects, might lead to improved treatment outcomes. The objective of the present(More)
OBJECTIVE Evaluate the effects of Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers on the morphology and chemical composition of root surfaces and compare them with those produced by using ultrasonic instrumentation (US). BACKGROUND DATA The benefits of the use of Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers as an adjunct to conventional periodontal therapy have not yet been determined. MATERIALS(More)
Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-acrylamide) hydrogels crosslinked with ethylen glycol dimethacrylate were used as devices for the in-vivo drug release of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Drug-loaded hydrogels were subcutaneously implanted in the back of Wistar rats. All hydrogel discs reached an equilibrium swelling degree, which was slightly larger than that(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical, anti-inflammatory, and osteoimmunological benefits of the single (PT) and repeated laser phototherapy (rPT) as an adjunctive treatment of inflamed periodontal tissue. Twenty-seven patients with chronic periodontitis were randomly divided into three groups of nine patients each in order to undergo scaling(More)