Balzers, Liechtenstein, 22 September 2020 – Oerlikon Balzers, a leading provider of surface solutions, has introduced BALIMED TICANA, a PVD coating specifically designed for dental abutments and instruments that meets the stringent requirements of modern dentistry. The innovative coating is the same colour as human gums, which makes it discreet, and it also offers functional properties that help ensure patients get the very best long-term healthcare. The new BALIMED TICANA coating represents another step forward in Oerlikon Balzers’ growth strategy in the medical industry.
Dental implants using fixed dental prostheses face increasingly strict quality requirements. Applying highly wear-resistant, biocompatible coatings to dental abutment surfaces makes them more versatile and longer-lasting, a key demand in modern dental technology.
BALIMED™ TICANA gives dental abutments excellent coating properties and has a discreet, natural rosé colour. The coating is resistant to abrasion and wear and provides a durable surface with a high coating hardness of HIT [GPa] > 35, allowing long-lasting fixed dental prostheses and ensuring high stability for crowns.
Based on Oerlikon Balzers’ patented S3p® technology, the very smooth coating enables fixation of long-lasting implants. BALIMED™ TICANA has been tested in 25% sodium chloride (NaCl), and after 34 days of immersion the coating had not lost any of its colour. Its corrosion resistance also protects against oral hygiene and offers protection against saliva.
Dental instruments coated with BALIMED™ TICANA have a hard, highly smooth, chemically stable and autoclavable surface. Colour coding as offered by BALIMED™ TICANA also makes it easy for dentists and surgeons to identify dental instruments when treating their patients.
Oerlikon Balzers’ coating centres in Balzers (Liechtenstein), Brügg (Switzerland), Cluses (France) and Elgin (USA) specialise in coating medical products and are specifically certified to ISO 13485. The entire BALIMED™ portfolio of coatings meets the highest industry standards.
For more information about the new BALIMED™ medical coatings visit: https://www.oerlikon.com/balzers/balimed/.