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Surface Engineering and Technology for Biomedical Implants by Yoshiki Oshida

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Chapter 2

Implantable Materials

Each of the joints in the six major components in the body, that is, the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle, possesses a unique biomechanistic function. Orthopedic implant material for these joints requires distinct mechanical properties of ductility, rigidity, and strength to the respective joints. In addition, biological parameters should not be ignored for orthopedic implant material selections, because it will become a crucial issue if there were a problem of wear debris toxicity involved. As to dental implants, although each of the 32 teeth has different biofunctions, we can roughly divide them into anterior teeth portion versus posterior teeth portion and maxilla teeth portion versus mandibular ...

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