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ZIRCONIUM METAL VS TITANIUM

- Dec 07, 2018 -

Zirconium is a soft, ductile and malleable metal that resembles with hafnium and titanium. Industries often mix it with other materials or convert it to pure form for commercial use. Due to zirconium’s natural occurring compound’s properties like resistance to many chemical reactions, it has many applications in various industries. Other than this, a small fraction of zircon is converted to metal which is resistant to corrosion. This property makes it suitable for use in many industries which work in humid conditions. Mostly in commercial industries and production processes, zirconium plays the role of alloying agent for the metals which are exposed to harsh environments.

Zirconium Vs Titanium Commercial Use:

Here we will investigate the thing which makes zirconium better than titanium commercially. Well, there are many applications in which both metals are used, but zirconium is preferred more in the application of dental implant and surgeries. This might seem odd, but there are many reasons due to which dentists use zirconium more than titanium. These reasons have also led to the increased demand of zirconium as compared to titanium.

Advantages of zirconium over titanium

  • Scientists have proved that if titanium is used in dental implants, it may corrode when exposed to water, whereas zirconium is a biocompatible material which neither corrodes nor affected by chemical reactions.

  • Zirconium is non-conductor of electric charge which is makes it suitable for use in oral treatment. According to a research, bacteria in the mouth do not adhere near the implant area because of zirconium’s poor conductivity.

  • Zirconium is tested for its durability and inflexibility under high pressure and long duration. Here also it is better than titanium.

  • In many advanced treatments, zirconium metal is used as one-piece design for implants. These implants are quite better than titanium implant screws as titanium implant screws are a mixture of many ceramic materials.

  • Implants in which zirconium metal is used are hypo-allergic whereas titanium implants are likely to harm your oral health along with the passage of time.

The above discussion is mainly based on the comparison of the applications of zirconium and titanium in dentistry. However, these details also indicate the superiority of zirconium in other industries as well. In conclusion, we can say that titanium may get replaced with zirconium in the future. Due to its properties, industries will demand more zirconium resulting in the decreased commercial value of titanium.