Medical Titanium: The Metal of Choice
Titanium alloys of various different grades can be found in pharmaceutical and dental tools and supplies of all types. The infographic below, Titanium in the Medical Industry: Benefits and Applications, presents a helpful summary of why and how this metal is so adaptable and dependable.
Titanium has been utilized in the dentistry industry all the way back in the 1940s (although the first titanium implant in dentistry didn’t take place until 1965). Uses in medical surgery started to appear in the 1950s, and have steadily increased, especially in, but by no means limited to, cardiovascular and orthopedic operations.
The use of titanium for some implants such as pacemakers and artificial joints is common knowledge, but the durability, bacterial resistance, and lightweight composition make it an especially suitable substance for applications such as surgical tools and medical equipment and device parts.
Because of titanium’s material characteristics and its overall availability, studies and advancement of new medical treatments are progressing quickly. And with an average population in the U.S. that is getting older, 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.