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Major announcements at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium

by: Jim Mack

The Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2013 in New York saw more than 2,000 dental professionals from around the world come together to explore the latest developments in implant dentistry under the theme “Designing for Life: Today and in the future”.

A varied and unique scientific program held over four days saw well over 100 leading professionals bring this theme to life as they imparted their knowledge, shared their experiences and presented the very latest innovative technology and clinical approaches. Over the course of the event delegates were taken through four complete “patient journeys”: Missing Anterior and Posterior Single Teeth; Missing Multiple Anterior Teeth; Missing Multiple Posterior Teeth; and Managing the Terminal / Failing Dentition – The Transition to Edentulism.

Announcement of seamless digital workflow from patient assessment to final restoration

The symposium also offered an introduction to Nobel Biocare’s new fully-integrated digital treatment workflow for partially edentulous patients. With the secure, online NobelConnect network at its heart, Nobel Biocare is developing a seamless workflow which brings together the latest innovations at each stage of the treatment process.    

The new digital treatment workflow begins with effective patient assessment and treatment planning in the NobelClinician Software. For partially edentulous patients, a highly accurate surface model scan offered by the second-generation NobelProcera 2G Scanner can now be incorporated into the process at any stage thanks to fully-automated smart fusion technology. This not only allows for accurate information on intraoral tissues to be viewed for diagnostic purposes but also enables the automatic creation of perfectly fitting surgical templates which are fully compatible with the guided surgery concept NobelGuide. Treatment plans can be uploaded to the NobelClinician Communicator iPad application for patient communication and, once finalized, the iPad®-operated OsseoCare Pro drilling unit can be pre-prepared for surgery. After the treatment, the automatically generated surgery report is transferred back to NobelClinician where it is safely stored for further reference and documentation.

The next steps, previewed during the symposium, further increase the predictability of the restorative outcome. Through NobelConnect the new workflow builds a digital link between NobelClinician and NobelProcera users, offering significant efficiency benefits such as reduced procedural treatment costs and shortened timelines while also offering a more flexible way of working. Individualized CAD/CAM prosthetics are easily designed in NobelProcera Software with orders sent digitally to NobelProcera’s integrated global production network for the precise manufacture and delivery of high quality restorations. The end result is a natural–looking restoration that is designed to last.

Nobel Biocare enters the field of regenerative solutions

Other innovations were also unveiled at the event. The announcement of the creos xenoprotect membrane marked the introduction of a new regenerative product to Nobel Biocare’s products and solutions portfolio. Made of biodegradable collagen, the membrane is easy to handle and creates a favorable environment for bone regeneration whilst preventing undesired cells migrating to the treatment site from surrounding soft tissue. The official launch date is to be announced in due course.

New concept approaches esthetics from a new angle 

Attendees also got to look at esthetics from a new angle with a preview of the new NobelProcera Angulated Screw Channel (ASC) Abutment. The latest in Nobel Biocare’s long line of pioneering developments, this new NobelProcera Abutment offers free choice of screw access position, meaning improved esthetics in the anterior and easier access in the posterior. The enabler is the new Omnigrip interface with a specially tailored screwdriver that makes picking up the screw easier and tightening the screw possible even at an angle.

FOR prepared to expand the reach of oral rehabilitation. Although the symposium has come to an end the work of the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR), inaugurated at the event, is only just beginning. FOR has been established by Nobel Biocare to deliver tangible progress across three key sections: FOR Education, FOR Science and FOR Humanity. The formal launch of the foundation saw the presentation of the first “FOR Humanity Award” to Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, Bertrand Piccard for his humanitarian work such as with the “Winds of Hope” foundation. Professor Per Ingvar Brånemark was also elected as the first Honorary Fellow of FOR and Dr. Patrick Henry was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the industry.

FOR is a global initiative that will expand the reach of oral rehabilitation through knowledge sharing and humanitarian efforts, helping ensure the best practice discussed in New York will be implemented to the benefit of patients for generations to come.

For those who weren’t able to join us in New York, the key outtakes from the event and the latest developments following the launch of FOR will be appearing in the next edition of Nobel Biocare News and at

Videos and summaries from each day of the event can be seen at