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Biomaterials by Brian J. Love

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Chapter 8

Ceramic Biomaterials

Abstract

Ceramics compose a significant segment of biomaterials usage, including the use of more inert and insoluble monolithic inorganics in orthopedics and in dentistry. Separately, calcium inorganic precipitation is a crucial feature in bone mineralization. It is also noted that a range of trace minerals including magnesium, zinc, and selenium are found which serve no structural need but could be regulatory ions in physiological response. In this chapter, common ceramic biomaterials are presented along with their attributes and methods to achieve useful structures whether as monoliths, particulates, porous structures, or as bioactive glasses.

Keywords

Biomaterials; ceramic crystals; porosity; calcium; porcelains ...

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