Medical implants made from titanium alloys routinely last 20 or more years inside the human body. Titanium is stronger and lighter than stainless steel, which largely accounts for its widespread use in surgical implants.
Unlike other metals, medical titanium can remain in constant contact with living tissue without adversely affecting it. Titanium implants have an engineered biointerface with biomimetic motifs that increase cell contact area by as much as 75%, enhancing the cell’s binding properties. As a result, their use further reduces the chance of implant rejection.
Medical titanium implants can physically bond with natural bone, eliminating the need for adhesives.
Titanium can be easily machined as well as 3D printed, lending itself to a near infinite array of design possibilities.