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Ethics of Biomaterials for Implants

  • Dennis Kwok-Wing Tam
  • Oliver Faust
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Abstract

Biomaterials are used to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure (Basu et al. 2009; Park and Lakes 2007). The purpose of this reconstruction is to relieve pain, to restore function, and to facilitate healing (Martz et al. 1997). In most cases the biomaterial is shaped into a medical implant which is surgically placed inside the human body (Spiekermann 1995). Within the human body, the implant must interact with biological structures and systems (Williams 2009).

Keywords

Biomaterials Unnecessary operations Professional conduct Dental implants Amalgam toxicity Breast augmentation 

Abbreviations

BME

Biomedical Engineering

PIP

Poly Implants Prosthesis

PMMA

Polymethyl Methacrylate

UBA

Umweltbundesamt

TCR

Tooth Coloured Restorations

WHO

World Health Organization

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electronic and Computer Engineering Division, School of EngineeringNgee Ann PolytechnicSingaporeSingapore

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