Is Table Salt a gas? Watch this quick video to see “The Table Salt Analogy.” ZIRCONIA (ZrO2) is not the same as ZirconIUM. ‘The Ceramic Implant Guy’ Michael Foley went to ZERAMEX client and Biologic Dentist Dr. Judson Wall in October 2020 and had a chance to hear his take on the never ending question – IS ZIRCONIA A METAL.
Understanding Zirconium: The Chemical Element
Zirconium (Zr) is a chemical element that can be found all around us.
It is typically found in rock and sand deposits, from which it is mined and refined. It is a lustrous, gray-white, strong transition metal that closely resembles hafnium and, to a lesser extent, titanium. It is malleable and ductile and easily forms stable compounds. It is also highly resistant to corrosion. Because of its high tolerance to corrosion and its strength, zirconium is present in several compounds in various medical uses.
ZIRCONIA is different from ZIRCONIUM
Zirconium Dioxide “ZrO2” (a compound commonly known as Zirconia) is different from Zirconium “Zr” (the element)
Zirconium dioxide (ZrO2), which is also referred to as zirconium oxide or zirconia, is an inorganic metal oxide that is mainly used in ceramic materials. It is a white crystalline oxide of zirconium, a powder like substance that is used as a ceramic material. Zirconium is most commonly converted to Zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) when Oxygen and Zirconium is combined at high temperatures.
About the Doctor
Dr. Judson B. Wall, DDS, FAGD, FAACP, AIAOMT
Dr. Judson B. Wall has been helping patients to feel better for over fifteen years. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. He has an impressive list of accomplishments and credentials, including Accreditation by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, a Fellowship with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (July 2010), a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry (June 2007) and an Associate Fellowship with the World Clinical Laser Institute (July 2005). he is internationally sought after as a lecturer, teaching and training about metal-free dentistry, zirconia implants, TMJ dysfunction and sleep appliance therapy.
Dr. Wall has a commitment to excellence and education that is uncommon. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, International Association of Oral and Medical Toxicology (IAOMT), Holistic Dental Association, and International Association for Orthodontics. He has received advanced training from the Institute of Advanced TMJ Studies, one of the world’s most prestigious TMJ dysfunction therapy education programs, along with Rondeau Seminars, and an ongoing host of Continuing Education courses. He is in the founders circle for the Lumix2 Cold Pulsing Laser, and is among the first dentists along the Wasatch Front to employ this technology.