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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v15.i6.90
pages 673-686

Vitallium®

David Gore
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Health Practice, Division of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Robert Q. Frazer
Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Department of Oral Health Practice, University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Robert E. Kovarik
Associate Professor, Department of Oral Health Practice, Division of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Juan E. Yepes
Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Health Practice, Division of Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology, College of Dentistry, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

ABSTRACT

Vitallium® is a base metal alloy that has been used in dentistry and medicine since 1929. This article will focus on the historical perspectives of Vitallium® and include the dental and medical applications used today. The physical and chemical properties of Vitallium® will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the biocompatibility of the metal. Fınally, the future uses of Vitallium® will be examined, as will the potential dangers in fabricating prostheses using this base metal alloy.