PEEK in medical technologyMüller Ahlhorn
Dr. Dietrich Müller GmbH | December 16, 2019
The term PEEK refers to plastics with outstanding thermoplastic properties that are used more and more in medical technology, e.g. in dentistry.
Ahlhorn, December 16, 2019 – Polyetheretherketone for medical applications
Plastics are one of the most widely used materials in industry. The use of technically highly developed plastics is particularly interesting in medical technology. Polyetheretherketone – PEEK for short – is a special plastic that was developed by the aerospace industry. The areas of application for this modern material in business and science are diverse. New application possibilities are opening up, especially in the medical field. Because the light and easy-to-process plastic can be used to replace other materials.
Properties of PEEK
This material has interesting properties, especially for medical technology, which make it easy and uncomplicated to use. The material is characterized by its low weight, easy processing and high resistance. Due to the low level of wear and tear, PEEK is characterized by a particularly long service life.
The plastic can be processed mechanically well. Processing by injection molding is also possible. Individual products can be produced using the 3-D printing process. This makes PEEK ideal for use in medical technology. The possible uses for modern plastics in medical technology are increasing continuously.
PEEK in dentistry
In dentistry, PEEK is used to manufacture crowns and inlays. The thermoplastic material is easy to shape and can be precisely adapted. Dentistry ensures that the patient is stressed as little as possible by the materials. PEEK is particularly suitable here. Because the fabric does not trigger any allergies. Furthermore, the material is radiation-resistant, so that radiological treatments and examinations are possible without any problems.
The weight is very low compared to conventional dentures. Other properties include easy formability and low weight. The material can be easily shaped mechanically or thermoplastically. That is why PEEK is often used in orthopedics and surgery as well as neurology.
The many possible uses of PEEK in medical technology can be demonstrated very well using the example of dentistry. The modern plastic is used for the production of crowns, bridges and inlays. The plastic can be processed easily and precisely for individual needs.
Processing of PEEK
Processing in the injection molding process or with the help of the 3-D printing process promise maximum accuracy of fit. In addition, PEEK is particularly pressure-resistant and can therefore be used particularly well in the dental field. The material does not solve any allergies and impresses with its low weight. For the patients, the stress caused by the material is extremely low.
Plastic is used and processed more and more as a material in medical technology. The plastic house offers PEEK for processing in medical technology in the form of plates and rods. The size and shape are individually tailored.
PEEK also as a film
Dr. Dietrich Müller GmbH also offers PEEK as a film. PEEK-Folie has a unique profile of properties.