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Revista Española de Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial

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MARTINEZ-VILLALOBOS CASTILLO, S.. Maxillofacial osteosynthesis with titanium. Rev Esp Cirug Oral y Maxilofac [online]. 2004, vol.26, n.6, pp.351-368. ISSN 2173-9161.

Titanium is an element whose properties have made possible impressive advances in the aerospace and chemical industry of our days. We could say that it is already the metal of the future. As biomaterial used in the osteosynthesis techniques one has consolidated like of first choice in front of the steel. Its extraordinary biocompatibility and the possibilities that biometallurgy offers to us are opening the doors in numerous fields of medical application like for example the Odontology. In our speciality, and with the reservations that we will analyze for the paediatric surgery, it continues being of first choice by virtue of its properties and of the refined manufactures that the industry makes our available. The resorbables biomaterials, to the margin of the paediatric midface and craniofacial surgery, are at the less safe and resisted alternative in the present time and in our opinion, with a hopeful future that little by little lays way in indications like orthognathic surgery and midface trauma of the adult. In any case the relation costs/benefits is an aspect that also would be due to consider in our election.

Palabras clave : Maxillofacial osteosynthesis; Titanium; Biomaterials; Paediatric facial osteosynthesis; Titanium plates; Resorbable plates.

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