A NEW MARKET FOR IMPLANTS,
NOT JUST ANOTHER IMPLANT FOR THE MARKET
BIOTANIUM™ – A NEW AGE OF IMPLANT TECHNOLOGY
SAFER AND SUPERIOR FROM THE NANO LEVEL
Nanostructuring commercial purity titanium provides specific advantages for dental implants. Since it introduces a method to nearly double the strength of the most accepted dental implant material, pure titanium, one can produce new smaller, more compact implant designs and increase the structural safety margins in all existing designs. Implants less than 2mm in diameter are readily fabricated, ideal for making the versatile “mini” implants or replacing the small teeth in the lower front jaw. Furthermore, since the elastic modulus of titanium is unchanged by the nanostructuring, while the strength is increased, the biomechanical compatibility (defined as the ratio of yield strength to elastic modulus) of Biotanium™ is 11.7, higher than any other metal available that meets quality standards for use in medical devices. Having high biomechanical compatibility increases bone-implant compatibility and reduces factors that contribute to bone resorption.
ULTRAFINE GRAIN METAL TECHNOLOGY
All metals that we see in our daily lives - in suspension bridges, airplanes, automobiles, kitchen sinks, eating utensils, ski poles, golf clubs, jewelry, and hip implants - are made of billions of tiny crystals. The crystals are comparable to grains of sand like you would find on a beach, only much smaller. The typical size of a single crystal or grain within a piece of metal is close to the diameter of a human hair.
Researchers have for years pursued methods to make metals and alloys with smaller grains. Why? Because the strength of a piece of metal depends directly on the size of it's grains. The smaller the grains, the stronger the metal.
A multi-national team of scientists have pioneered methods to cost effectively reduce the grain size of any metal by a factor of 500 to 1000. This increases metal strength from 30% to 300% depending on the family of metal. There are thousands of applications for such super strong metals.
BIOTANIUM™ IS BETTER FOR YOUR BODY
For medical applications such as bone implants, reducing grain size into the ultrafine size range can double the strength of titanium and other commonly used medical metals. Ossotaium Corporation has developed with the Institute for Physics of Advanced Materials an ultrafine grain variant of pure titanium that we call Biotanium™.
BIOTANIUM™ BONE INTEGRATION
Biotanium™ integrates with bone more readily because nano scale features associated with the large number of grain boundaries in Biotanium™ provide a larger number of sites to which cells may attach. Measurements of surface topography using Atomic Force Microscopy show the striking difference between Biotanium™ and conventional titanium.