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Problems due to Corrosion of Implant Materials

Any time a foreign material is placed inside the human body, the manner in which that material will affect the body must be considered. There are many causes that contribute to the corrosion of metals when placed inside the human body. After surgery the pH surrounding the implant is reduced to a pH between 5.3-5.6 typically due to the trauma of surgery. Infectious microorganisms and crevices formed between components can reduce oxygen concentration, both of which contribute to the corrosion of the implant. One serious problem with all implants is the common and serious condition called nickel allergy dermatitis.

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