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Bioceramics are considered biocompatible, hard, brittle materials with relatively poor tensile properties but with excellent compressive strength, high resistance to wear, and with favourable, low frictional properties in articulation. The low frictional properties are enhanced by the fact that ceramics are hydrophilic and can be highly polished, which provides a superior load-bearing surface with itself or against polymeric materials in physiological environments. Bioceramics, natural or synthetic, used singularly or with additional organic or polymeric materials, are amongst the most promising of all biomaterials for hard and soft tissue replacement applications. Recent advances in the production and use of natural bioceramics for applications in hard and soft tissue replacement are discussed. Also, the clinical status of bioceramics for bone tissue-engineered alternatives is discussed based on the patent and market information.