Titanium alloys of multiple grades are widely used in medical and dental applications of all varieties. The infographic below, Titanium in the Medical Industry: Benefits and Applications, displays a sharp, useful summary of why and how this metal is so versatile and dependable.
Titanium has been in use in the industry for quite some time, with applications in dentistry beginning back in the 1940s (although the first titanium dental implant didn’t occur until in 1965). Surgical applications started to emerge in the 1950s, and have steadily increased, especially in, but by no means limited to, cardiovascular and orthopedic procedures.
The use of titanium for biomedical implants such as pacemakers and artificial joints is widely known, but the material’s strength, bacteria resistance, and light weight make it a particularly good substance for applications such as surgical tools and medical equipment and device parts.
Because of titanium’s physical properties and availability, research and development of new medical treatments are progressing rapidly. And, with an aging population in the U.S. that will without doubt increase demand for many medical treatments that currently and potentially involve titanium, the investment in R & D should be well compensated. To get a better understanding of titanium applications and benefits in the medical field, please continue reading.