Medical Ceramics - A Global Market Overview29 Jun 2011 • by Natalie Aster
Ceramic technology developments have contributed heavily to the development of implantable electronic devices. Biocompatibility and resistance to wear have made ceramic materials ideal for a range of medical implant applications, from artificial joints to implantable electronic sensors, stimulators and drug delivery devices. Alumina and zirconia, among other ceramics, have been successful in holding up to the harsh environment of the human body.
Market for Medical Ceramics material types analyzed in the study “Medical Ceramics - A Global Market Overview” by Industry Experts includes Aluminum Oxide, Zirconia, Zirconia Alumina and Others. The report also includes the market analysis for end-use application areas medical ceramics – Dental, Orthopedic, Implantable Electronic Devices, Surgical & Diagnostic Instruments and Others. The report analyses the global market in terms of USD Million. The global Medical Ceramics market for 2011 is estimated at US$10.4 billion and is projected to increase at a CAGR of 3.5% (2007-2017) to reach US$13.1 billion by 2017.
Published: June 2011
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KEY MARKET TRENDS: Advanced Ceramics Open New Vistas in Neuromodulation
Designing hermetically sealed feed throughs, ultrathin housings and devices that communicate through ultrasound have enabled advanced ceramic materials in emerging as decisive factors for developing next-generation implantable pulse generators. Neuromodulation as a technique to treat a range of medical conditions and diseases has been the focus of attention over the past few years.
Neuromodulation, by adapting cardiac rhythm management techniques, utilizes electrical signals for the stimulation or blockage of different nerve impulses in the body, and is thought as being effective for reducing or eliminating back pain, curing obesity, lowering high blood pressure and controlling diabetes, to name a few. Advanced ceramic materials play a vital role in this technology, and continual evolution of these medical devices would ensure that these materials’ role would be further enhanced. Advanced ceramics are used in manufacturing brazed assemblies for hermetically sealed electrical feed throughs, and piezocomposite materials enable in ultrasonic communication in devices. Biocompatible ceramics are considered to be a popular substitute for titanium in fabricating device castings.
What Benefits do Ceramic Hip Replacements Offer?
The healthcare industry is increasingly focusing on discovering superior techniques and prosthetic products for hip replacement surgeries, since the incidence of these has grown quite a lot in the recent past. Three major factors have to be considered, viz., enabling in rapid patient recovery, cutting down on the patient’s activity limitations, and, finally, enhancing the prosthesis’ strength and durability.
One issue that has gained ground in this scenario is using a strategy of ceramic hip replacement, which uses the conventional hip surgery methods, but uses ceramics as an alternative to standard metal and plastic prosthetic materials. These ceramics, called advanced ceramics, are not the usual ones seen in pottery or dentists’ offices, but are fabricated using a special metal oxide. Aluminum oxide and zirconium oxide can be two examples of such ceramics.
Ceramic hip replacement offers two basic options. The first is called ceramic-on-ceramic, where both the ball and the socket parts of the hip joint are made of ceramic. The second is called ceramic-on plastic, where one component of the hip joint is made of ceramics while another part is made from plastic. Research is still underway to ascertain as to which of the two offers a safer and better combination.
THE UNITED STATES: 3M ESPE
3M ESPE is a global leader in offering restorative, crown and bridge, implants, preventive, infection control and cosmetic dentistry solutions. The company’s Digital Oral Care department combines advanced digital technology and materials science using CAD/CAM and digital impressions, and has several firsts to its credit, including the first-ever tooth-colored restorative material, the first self-adhesive universal resin cement, the first nano ionomer, the first malleable, preformed temporary crown and the first automated mixing of impression materials.
3M ESPE’s product portfolio comprises adhesives, cements, composites, conventional lab, curing lights, digital materials and equipment, finishing & polishing, glass ionomers/cavity liners, implants, state of the art, cost effective dental implants, impression materials and equipment, infection control, preventive care, provisional/temporization and tooth whitening. The company also offers Paradigm™ C Ceramic Blocks that are radiopaque restorations effectively undetectable due to the good shade match and natural esthetics of the material with surrounding tooth structure. These are fabricated using leucitereinforced glass ceramic material, and offer an ideal balance of translucency and fluorescence. They are easy to polish, can be stained and glazed to provide characterization, and are mainly specified for inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers.
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