CDE:[Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Lecture Series] Advanced Topics in Dental Zirconia

Dec, 2020
06:00 PM-07:30 PM

Presented virtually via Zoom Webinar

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm; this virtual lecture will begin promptly at 6:00 pm via Zoom Webinar.
Registration: FREE to view (does not include continuing education credits); Registration is still required.
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CE Credits:
1.5 lecture credits
To receive continuing education credits:
Dentist, $37.50
Penn Dental Medicine Alumni, $28.00
Military, $28.00

Course Description

This lecture will dive deep into some of the advance topics in dental zirconia. We will discuss the different generations of zirconia and the different crystalline phases of zirconia affect their clinically relevant properties. Additionally we will talk about the fabrication process of raw zirconia disks. And finally, we will discuss how grain size as affected by sintering conditions can affect the translucency and strength of a dental zirconia.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand different generations of zirconia
  • Understand the value of quality fabricated zirconia pucks
  • Understand how sintering programs can affect properties of zirconia


Dr. Nathaniel Lawson is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biomaterials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He started his education as a biomedical engineering student at Tulane University. He completed his DMD at the UAB School of Dentistry and his MS and PhD in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UAB. Following graduation, he worked in private practice for 1.5 years in Alabama and Illinois. He is passionate about testing new materials and techniques in the laboratory and applying the results to clinical dentistry. He has published 21 abstracts, 15 articles and 1 book chapter related to dental materials. His primary research interests are related to the physical and mechanical properties of dental ceramics, composites, cements, and adhesives.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.