Advances on biodegradable zinc-silver-based alloys for biomedical applications

J Appl Biomater Funct Mater. 2021 Jan-Dec;19:22808000211062407. doi: 10.1177/22808000211062407.

ABSTRACT

The biodegradable metals have great potential for the biomedical applications, which could be gradually degraded, absorbed, or excreted in the human body, avoiding the removal though secondary surgery. Zinc-based alloys are novel series of degradable metals for medical applications, and they are gaining lots of attention in the research field of absorbable metals. Zinc-silver (Zn-Ag) alloys show superior mechanical strength, good biodegradability, biocompatibility, and antibacterial properties, which render them to be potential candidates for biomedical applications. In this paper, we reviewed the development of Zn-Ag alloys in terms of mechanical properties, degradabilities, biocompatibilities, antibacterial properties, and potential applications in dentistry.

PMID:34903075 | DOI:10.1177/22808000211062407

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