Topical Application of Melatonin and Growth Hormone Accelerates Bone Healing around Dental Implants in Dogs


Dr. Fernando Muñoz, Dpto. Ciencias Clínicas Veterinarias, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Campus Universitario s/n, E-27002, Lugo, Spain; e-mail:


Background: Growth hormone (GH) and melatonin belong to the group of growth factors. These substances have been proposed to improve and accelerate osseous healing using topical applications.

Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the topical administration of GH and melatonin on osseointegration of dental implants in Beagle dogs 2, 5, and 8 weeks after their insertion.

Materials and Methods: Twelve adult Beagle dogs and 48 implants were used in the study. The maxillary and mandibular premolars and molars were extracted. Each mandible received cylindrical screw implants of 3.25 mm in diameter and 10 mm in length. Prior to implanting, 4 IU of recombinant human GH and 1.2 mg of lyophilized powdered melatonin was applied to one osteotomy at each side of the mandible. None was applied at the control sites. The implants were retrieved at 2, 5, and 8 weeks for light microscopic examination, energy-dispersive x-ray microanalysis, and histomorphometric measurements in ground sections.

Results: At week 2, BIC was significantly higher in the melatonin-growth hormone group than in the implant control one (34.20 vs 25.05%; p = .010). The M-GH group also increased significantly the peri-implant bone area (64.72 vs 53.20%; p = .038) and interthread bone area (35.62 vs 25.08%; p = .02). At weeks 5 and 8, BIC and bone density around implants were similar to both groups. Significant differences were detected in bone neoformation at 8 weeks in ML-GH group (9.04 vs 7.53%; p = .05). Regarding the mineral composition, in ML-GH group increments in concentrations of phosphorus (10.70 vs 10.34; p = .013) were observed at 2 weeks and of magnesium (0.29 vs 0.25; p = .019) 5 weeks after implantation.

Conclusion: The present study confirms that GH and melatonin synergistically enhance new bone formation around titanium implants in early stages of healing.