The Chemistry of Medical and Dental Materials


John W. Nicholson, School of Chemical and Life Sciences, University of Greenwich, UK

Book Description

Series: RSC Materials Monographs

Series Editor: J. A. Connor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Implants into the human body, such as hip joints, heart valves and dental crowns, have been increasingly used over the last 40 years or so, and many patients have benefited from their use. But how much is known about the metals, ceramics and polymers that are used in these repairs? This book provides a state-of-the-art account of the chemistry of the synthetic materials used in medicine and dentistry. It looks at the properties and interactions of these materials within the body at a molecular level, and includes discussion of bioengineering and cell biology. In addition, there is an account of the surgical procedures used, as well as extensive coverage of the possible biological reactions to the presence of foreign materials in the body. A brief look at the emerging field of tissue engineering completes the text.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry; 1 edition (September 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854045724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854045723
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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