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Meeting great need in India

by: Jim Mack

With a population of over 1.2 billion people, India has its share of challenges. One of the biggest is oral health.


The fragrant scents and rich tastes of India can only be enjoyed fully by people with good oral health. Nobel Biocare is doing its part to restore quality of life in India for both the partially and fully edentulous. Where others seem to see insurmountable problems, Nobel Biocare sees opportunities instead and offers solutions.

Out of a total population of more than 1.2 billion, India has 496 million people that are partially edentulous and 19.6 million that are fully edentulous. Of those who are fully edentulous, 80% are treated with conventional dentures versus 2% treated with implants, leaving a tremendous population with diminishing quality of life.

Where others seem to see insurmountable problems in South Asia, Nobel Biocare, with its strong presence in India, is offering solutions. 

In India, the main causes for tooth loss are periodontal disease, tobacco and poor oral hygiene. The highest incidence of missing teeth can be found beginning already at the age of 35, and a large population of edentulous patients rarely visits a dentist. 

A serious question

While prevention is the sought after remedy and ultimate solution—what can India do now for the nearly 516 million people in need of serious dental care? 

Conventional dentures are the most common treatment modality for fully edentulous patients, and many dentists are not qualified to provide alternative forms of treatment, such as dental implants. That’s where Nobel Biocare comes in.

“We feel we have a great responsibility in contributing to the oral health turnaround in India, where clinicians are increasingly looking for new ways to treat more patients better,” says Rakesh Julka, Nobel Biocare’s regional director for South Asia. “We have the heritage, expertise and products to make a difference—especially when it comes to the fully edentulous.”

In India, and the world over, Nobel Biocare provides an extensive training and education program. Backed by nearly 50 years of experience, “Learning for Life” is designed to equip dental professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to make a lasting difference for patients.

Dr. Suchetan Pradhan agrees. “I would highly recommend a Nobel Biocare training event or activity to anyone who is interested in improving his or her clinical and academic skills and wants to practice dentistry at the cutting edge.”

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