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Erratum published on 25 April 2016, see Metals 2016, 6(5), 97.

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Metals 2015, 5(4), 1902-1920;

Porous Titanium for Dental Implant Applications

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin St, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
Kroto Research Institute, University of Sheffield, Broad Lane, Sheffield S3 7HQ, UK
Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine, University of Sheffield, Pam Liversidge Building, Mappin St, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
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Academic Editors: Mark T. Whittaker and Hugo F. Lopez
Received: 17 July 2015 / Revised: 19 September 2015 / Accepted: 10 October 2015 / Published: 21 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metallic Biomaterials)
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Recently, an increasing amount of research has focused on the biological and mechanical behavior of highly porous structures of metallic biomaterials, as implant materials for dental implants. Particularly, pure titanium and its alloys are typically used due to their outstanding mechanical and biological properties. However, these materials have high stiffness (Young’s modulus) in comparison to that of the host bone, which necessitates careful implant design to ensure appropriate distribution of stresses to the adjoining bone, to avoid stress-shielding or overloading, both of which lead to bone resorption. Additionally, many coating and roughening techniques are used to improve cell and bone-bonding to the implant surface. To date, several studies have revealed that porous geometry may be a promising alternative to bulk structures for dental implant applications. This review aims to summarize the evidence in the literature for the importance of porosity in the integration of dental implants with bone tissue and the different fabrication methods currently being investigated. In particular, additive manufacturing shows promise as a technique to control pore size and shape for optimum biological properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: dental implant; titanium; porosity; osseointegration; fabrication methods dental implant; titanium; porosity; osseointegration; fabrication methods

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Wally, Z.J.; van Grunsven, W.; Claeyssens, F.; Goodall, R.; Reilly, G.C. Porous Titanium for Dental Implant Applications. Metals 2015, 5, 1902-1920.

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