Titanium is the Medical Metal of Choice

Titanium alloys of multiple grades can be found in medical and dental tools and supplies of all varieties. The infographic below, Titanium in the Medical Industry: Benefits and Applications, displays a useful summary of why and how this metal is so adaptable and dependable.

Titanium has been used in the dentistry industry since beginning back in the 1940s (although the first titanium implant in dentistry didn’t take place until 1965). Uses in surgery started to emerge in the 1950s, and have steadily expanded, especially in, but by no means limited to, cardiovascular and orthopedic procedures.

The use of titanium for some biomedical implants such as pacemakers and artificial joints is commonly known, but the material’s durability, bacteria resistance, and lightweight structure make it a particularly suitable substance for applications such as surgical tools and medical equipment and device parts.

Because of titanium’s physical features and its overall availability, research and development of new medical treatments are advancing quickly. And with a population in the U.S. that is getting increasingly 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.