How Is Titanium Used In The Medical Field?

Titanium is a metal that is provided by titanium suppliers and used by various industries, including the medical industry. It is the preferred metal of many dentists and medical professionals as it offers exceptional strength and durability. It is this strength, combined with its lightweight properties, that make it the ideal choice in the medical field.

What is titanium?

On the periodic table, titanium is found amongst the transition metals and has the atomic symbol Ti and the atomic number 22. Titanium is a metal that is seen to be reliable for medical procedures because it offers high strength, low density and resistance to corrosion.

Ti-Tek stock and supply titanium in all formsto suit the diverse requirements of the medical industry, including titanium rods, titanium wire and titanium plates.

History of titanium in the medical field.

Titanium first appealed to dentists in 1940. Over thefollowing decade it was gradually introduced to the industry and used to create surgical instruments. By 1960, the titanium barwas the metal of choice for the medical industry and today it’s used extensively for joint replacements and life-saving devices.

Each year, 1000 tonnes of titanium is inserted in patients worldwide for:

  • Prosthetics
  • Dental implants
  • Hip/knee replacement surgery
  • Elbow/shoulder replacement surgery
  • Surgical instruments

Titanium prosthetics

With prosthetics atitanium rod is inserted into the body. Titanium prosthetics are used because they are biocompatible, meaning they can be in contact with living systems without having an adverse effect.

The main reason why Ti-Tek supply titanium rods for prosthetics is for osseointegration. Osseointegration is the natural process of bonding tissue and bone, eliminating the need for adhesives.

Titanium dental implants

As titanium suppliers, Ti-Tek supply the titanium bars to suit the requirements of the medical field, including dentists. Titanium is ideal for restorative dental procedures because it can fuse to human bone to provide a successful replacement for missing or gapped teeth. The dental implants made from titanium are designed to last 30 years longer than implants made from other materials.

Titanium joint replacements

When it comes to replacing joints the titaniumsheet is an ideal material because it’s so durable and hardwearing. The demand for joint replacements is constantly growing as life expectancy and the  risk of accidents and injuries all increase.

Ti-Tek supply the titaniumbars andplates which can be used to replace joints that have become worn. Whether it be a hip or shoulder replacement, their stock can be used in surgical operations to help eliminatepatients’ pain and discomfort.

Titanium surgical instruments

The titanium surgical instruments are designed to be lightweight and offer tensile strength. The fact that medical instruments are lightweight makes them easier to handle and can reduce hand fatigue during long surgical procedures.

Medical instruments that are made from titanium are non-ferromagnetic which makes it safe for patients who undergo MRI examinations.

As you can see there are many different uses of the titaniumbar within the medical field- so if you need any guidance choosing the right products from our extensive collection, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call the Ti-Tek experts on 0121 382 4121.