Bioactive glass and biodegradable polymer composites
T. Niemelä and M. Kellomäki, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Bioactive ceramic materials have osteoconductive potential and excellent bone-bonding character, but they do not fulfill the required mechanical properties to replace bone tissue. Polymeric biomaterials have in many cases more applicable mechanical properties, but most of these polymers do not have properties that facilitate bone tissue healing. Both bioactivity and bone-bonding ability would be beneficial for bone tissue implants and thus the bioceramics have been combined with polymeric materials. In this chapter the composites of bioactive glasses and biodegradable polymers are reviewed. The chapter ...