Nobel Biocare, a leader in innovative esthetic dental solutions, and New York University College of Dentistry, the largest dental school in the U.S., will cooperate to integrate a dental implant therapy and esthetic dentistry curriculum into all four years of the NYU predoctoral dental education program.
Heliane Canepa, President and CEO of Nobel Biocare said, "Everyone should be able to have a good quality of life and be able to eat what they want, not what they can. Today, many general practitioners are not empowered to offer their patients the high esthetic and functional benefits of implant technology. We are extremely excited to cooperate with NYU to develop a curriculum that will enable future dentists to meet the growing patient demands in esthetic dentistry."
Dr. Michael C. Alfano, Dean of the NYU College of Dentistry, commented, "In the past, dental students were taught to treat a patient missing all teeth with a conventional full denture. With this new program, they will be taught how to treat these patients using an implant-retained overdenture. This enables the dentist to provide optimal patient care and helps to minimize the eventual loss of bone seen in denture patients."
Nobel Biocare will donate USD 5 million during five years to be used to integrate dental implant therapy into the overall predoctoral education of the general dentist, as well as to support additional areas, including research, dental esthetics, and ceramics.
Training and education are cornerstones of Nobel Biocare's strategy to offer durable and esthetic tooth replacement solutions to dental professionals and patients.
As one of the world leaders in continuing and post-graduate education, the company has been providing specialist training and mentoring for its clinically documented treatment concepts for more than 20 years.
In 2005, Nobel Biocare expects to enroll over 200,000 dental professionals in its training and education courses around the world.
However, up to now, training in dental implant technology has not been introduced in the predoctoral programs. The newly developed curriculum will empower future dentists to offer patients lasting high esthetics and patient comfort combined with the shorter, simpler and safer treatment procedures that they are demanding.